Reliable stove installations in the North East
Have you been looking for a reputable and experienced company to help you with a stove installation you have been planning? Hancock Stoves & Flues can help install all kinds of stoves. To learn more about our stove installations or for a free no obligation estimate, contact us now.
Installing a stove in an existing fireplace
A stove can be fitted in an existing fireplace providing there is enough room and it complies with building regulations. If the fire opening is too small it may be possible to open it up, depending on the construction a large brick or stone inglenook may be found hidden behind your existing fireplace.
When a fireplace is opened up a new lintel may be required, these are normally concrete but stone ones may be used to fit with the style of your home. We can repair or tidy up existing brick and stone work, or if needed install fireboards to the inside giving a clean, tidy finish. These fireboards can be painted or tiled, we have a display of tile options in our showroom but any style can be used so long as they are suitable according to their manufacturer.
The opening should be large enough to allow air to circulate around the stove, the more space there is the better the stove can heat the air and warm your room. We recommend an air gap of 150mm to the sides, 50mm behind and 300mm above a stove, this allows the the heat to radiate rather than just heat up the surrounding fireplace. Sometimes this is not possible and a stove can be installed with a rear flue, moving the stove further out of the fireplace.
A hearth must be fitted in accordance to building regulations, this is at least 225mm in front of the stove and 150mm to the sides. The hearth should be at least 12mm thick and non combustible. We can offer natural stone and slate, granite, and various different styles of tiles. A lot of free standing stoves are installed on glass hearths allowing wood flooring to be seen underneath.
The flue must be checked to ensure it is suitable and gas tight, a liner can be installed if necessary. A liner will ensure that the stove operates correctly and is as efficient as the manufacturer intended.
A closure plate needs to be fitted at the bottom of the flue, this seals the stove into the flue to ensure it works correctly and no fumes can enter the room.
Installing a stove when there is no existing fireplace or chimney flue
When there is not an existing chimney flue we can install a twin wall metal flue system. These are factory made sections of insulated flue that connect together and can be built up to make a flue throughout your home.
Rigid Twin Wall Flues can be installed either internally through the house or they can exit through a wall and travel up the outside of the house. If the flue passes through a room above the appliance it must be boxed in to prevent any contact with the flue.
A hearth is still required and must extend 150mm to the back and sides and 225mm in front of the stove. One piece stone or granite hearths are popular and are available in many different shapes and colours. Glass hearths can be used to see flooring beneath where the stove is located, these can but cut to shape an do not have to be a plain rectangle.
The stainless steel finish can be powder coated in any colour to match in with the property. Most people opt for a black system as it is less obvious but we quite often match them to the stove or the colour of the house
The stove and flue can have a false chimney breast build around them to give the illusion of an existing chimney breast and fireplace. This can either be made from block and brickwork if there is a suitable foundation or from steel stud and board when they are not suitable.
Why not pay a visit to our showroom?
If you are looking into a new stove for your property and would like to see what we have on offer for yourself, why not come and visit our showroom?
To learn more about our stove installations please contact us now for further information.