Date published: 13 November 2018
As winter draws in, many homeowners are looking to installing wood burners into their homes.
But many are unaware any building work that affects an existing chimney or creating a new chimney needs building control consent.
West Lindsey District Council’s Building Control Team are able to support homeowners who are considering the installation of a wood burner.
Phillip Westmoreland, Building Control Team Manager at the council said: “All wood burning and multi-fuel stoves require a class 1 Chimney. Existing Chimneys can be used but they should be checked for air tightness and the correct diameter for the appliance to be used.
“It may be necessary to sweep the flue (which should always be done anyway before fitting a stove or lining a chimney) and also, if necessary, to do a smoke test to check for gas tightness.
“It is always recommended that you seek an industry professional to undertake any works to your home to make sure it complies with all the safety requirements.
“For example a carbon monoxide alarm is required in rooms containing a log burner, which is essential to keep you and your family safe.”
If you are considering having building work carried out and you are unsure if it will require building regulations consent please feel free to get in touch with West Lindsey BFuilding Control on 01427 676672 and we will be happy to advise you.
If you would like more detailed instructions on how to install your log burner, visit the LABC website at: https://www.labc.co.uk/business/resources/technical-guide-guide-installing-solid-fuel-stoves