Category: Advice | Published: 22 Feb, 2019

Is It Possible To Have A Log Burner Without A Chimney?

If you’ve always dreamed of snuggling up in front of a beautiful crackling stove and taking in the wholesome, rich smell of woodsmoke, what do you do if you find yourself in possession of a property without a fireplace or chimney?

Many people might expect that this would have to mark the end of their warm and cosy dream, but that isn’t necessarily the case. It’s true that because wood burning stoves emit smoke and carbon monoxide, you’ll always need some way of extracting these potentially poisonous by-products effectively from your living space, but a chimney isn’t the only answer to this problem. New technology means that you can have a stove fitted with a “twin wall” flue system without needing a fireplace or chimney breast to be in place first.

A twin wall flue is a made to measure “clip together” piping system that extracts gases and smoke from inside the living space and extracts it through an expertly sealed hole in the wall. The pipe then travels up the side of the property and releases the by-products into the atmosphere. It won’t negatively affect the airflow or temperature of the room by sucking hot air back out, so you won’t need to make any adjustments for that eventuality.

How it’s Done

Whether you want a free standing stove or a wall or corner fixture, the first step to take is to ensure that the floor below and the surrounding areas are suitably protected from any heat. Most stove models will come with a good base and heat protected casing, but it’s always a good idea to check. Once you’ve got a good idea of the type of model you’re interested in, contact the firm that you would like to supply the stove to discuss logistics. Send pictures of the location in which you would like the stove to be fitted, and try to arrange a home visit so they can take stock of what would need to be done.

Best Places for a New Twin Wall Wood Burning Stove

While it is definitely possible to fit a twin wall flue through an existing wall, the removal of masonry can be a big, expensive and potentially risky job, and one which you would usually need to arrange with separate building contractors. Therefore, if you’re working on a full new build or extension, it’s always best to plan your twin wall system to be fitted as a part of the structure and not as an afterthought. This will usually give a neater result too. A conservatory is also a great place for this type of stove, as not only will it afford you great views of your garden while keeping you nice and toasty, but it’s quite easy to fit a flue pipe through a conservatory roof compared to a stone wall.

For further information about twin wall flue systems or to find out whether your property may be a suitable location for this kind of stove, contact ELB Fireplaces today.

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