Building Regulations for Stoves

Building regulations, document J, stove installation guidelines.

Building Regulations that apply to stoves.

All stove installations now come under building control, the following will give the basics for stove requirements. It is not intended to be a complete explanation and if in doubt reference should be made to 'The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document J Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems 2002 Edition' or the building control department of your local council.

The 2002 edition of Approved Document J of The Building Regulations stipulates that any work that affects an existing chimney (ie fitting a new stove or liner) or creating a new chimney now comes under building control.

All woodburning 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.

Failing Chimneys can be relined using a number of methods, one of the easiest methods is using a class 1 316/316 or 904/904 grade stainless steel liner. It is important that visual inspection must be made to ensure that the flue is not in close proximity to combustibles.

A permanent notice/data plate should be fixed at an appropriate position giving details of the location of the fireplace, the type and size of the flue and type of heating appliance used.

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We Understand that the above Document can a daunting read so we have tried to pick out the most important parts for you so you can find the answer to your question quickly rather than searching through the whole document.

Frequently asked questions & important sections within Document J:

Flue to combustible material distances
Guide to distances required from the flue pipe to a combustible material.

Hearth Requirements
Information regarding hearth sizes required for your stove.

Fixed ventilation must be provided when installing any solid fuel stove which has an output higher than 5kws.

Flue Heights
Information on regulations regarding flue height clearances.