With winter fast approaching, stove retailer Glowing Embers has researched the rise in requests for stove installations in the home, including the expected costs involved, the potential dangers of DIY installation, and other considerations to be aware of.
Consulting with two experts, we spoke first with trade site MyJobQuote who have revealed that there has been an increase of between 12-15% in stove related installation requests across the country, as more people invested in renovating their homes during the lockdown period. HETAS, who are a non-profit organisation promoting safe and efficient solid fuel, wood and biomass heating systems, fuels and services, have also seen a rise in stove installations.
Understanding the differences between stoves can be tricky, so Glowing Embers have put together a top-level guide covering the typical costs of different stove types, whilst also highlighting the risks of self-installation, including important advice from the experts.
The following table gives a breakdown of stoves types and costs, plus expected labour costs for consumers:
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A spokesperson for MyJobQuote commented: “The costs of installing a stove can fluctuate if your chimney needs repairing, sweeping, or a flue system or chimney lining needs to be fitted, repaired or removed. When installing a stove, you have to comply with building regulations - a contractor will be well aware of these regulations and will be able to sign off the work for you with a certificate, which proves it’s been completed safely.
“The kitchen and lounge are the most popular areas to install a stove, as people tend to spend more time in these rooms. Rooms that face the sun most of the day will retain heat more, as will rooms with fewer windows and doors. Adding loft insulation and sealing exterior doors and windows can help to keep heat within the home.”
A spokesperson for HETAS commented:“Stoves have become increasingly popular. For some it’s a lifestyle purchase, while others may want to invest in one as a renewable source of energy or simply as an accessible alternative to gas. In every case, it’s imperative that homeowners get expert support from purchase through to installation and maintenance.
“We are committed to supporting cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies, and as the industry’s trusted trade organisation, we work alongside everyone in the chain.”
Richard Fewings, spokesman for Glowing Embers added: “We’re expecting to see continued interest in stoves this winter as people spend more time at home in these difficult and strange times. Whilst it is illegal to install a gas appliance yourself, with an electric or wood burning stove it is slightly more nuanced.”
“A lot of electric stoves just come with a 13amp plug, so providing you already have power where you need it and are happy to undertake any installation and finishing work, this can be easily done yourself. However, if you need to add electrical points then you will need to consult a qualified electrician.”