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A beautiful Fireplace can add so much to the look and value of your home and is often regarded as a major style statement.
In addition to a glowing and more welcoming home, you´re creating a much healthier and more invigorating atmosphere, and adding to the character of your investment into the bargain.
However, never forget that essentially they are complex working appliances that must be treated with care and installed with caution.
For a basic guide into what´s involved in a standard fireplace installation, see our recent Blog post - FIREPLACE INSTALLATION INFO
Gas fires can be fitted into most existing fireplaces, while a new hole-in-the-wall style fireplace can give a really modern look. Moving a fire up off the floor creates a contemporary style statement and can work well in a period property.
There is only one gas safety register that you need to use. Look for the yellow Gas Safe Register triangle.
Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas register in Great Britain and the Isle of Man on 1 April 2009.
Anyone carrying out work on gas must be registered with Gas Safe Register. If not, they are breaking the law and putting you and your family at risk.
Only a Gas Safe registered engineer is legally allowed to install gas appliances, boilers, hobs, ovens or fires in your home or workplace.
You must only use a Gas Safe registered engineer for any type of gas work, including installation, maintenance and servicing.
HotPrice.co.uk does not offer a fitting service. However, to find a Gas Safe registered gas installer local to you please use the search function below.
To find a Gas Safe registered installer in your area click this logo
What is a Gas Safe registered engineer?
A Gas Safe registered engineer has been checked to make sure they are competent and qualified to work safely and legally with gas.
You can click the logo above to use the Gas Safety database of engineers to find a Gas Safe registered business in your area or call 0800 408 5500.
You can find or check a Gas Safe registered engineer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Every engineer will carry a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number, showing the type of gas work they are qualified to do. Before any gas work is carried out, always make sure you ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card.
HotPrice.co.uk accepts no liability for any one choosing to use this service and it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that your chosen installer meets all the relevant safety standards required to carry out the installation of your chosen goods.
Installation of electric fires is often as simple as placing it where you want it and plugging it in. Please do pay attention to the detailed instructions provided with each product though, as some need a stability bracket affixing if they are to be free standing rather than fixed in place, and there are numerous safety warnings to take into account. This is especially important where children and the elderly/infirm will be around. Wall hanging electric fires will require some competence to fit to the wall but fitting templates are usually provided where required. If you are having any electrical work done in your home other than plugging the fire in to an existing socket, it is now necessary to use an appropriately qualified electrician. Easy access must always be available to the electrical supply isolator for the fire whether it is a plug socket or fixed fused spur.
Solid Fuel Fires
In England and Wales, there are only two routes to legally install a domestic solid fuel, wood or biomass burning appliance.
1. Use a registered installer who can self certify that the work he does complies with the relevant Building Regulations;
2. The consumer applies to their local authority building control department for a building notice, and pays the appropriate fee (possibly up to £300).
It is generally much simpler and cheaper to use a HETAS registered installer who will leave you with a Certificate of Compliance as a record of the job and that it complies with Building Regulations. A copy of the certificate is forwarded to HETAS who notify the local authority on you behalf.
Failure to notify the work through the registration scheme (in this case HETAS) or directly to the local authority can lead to enforcement. It can also cause problems for future house sales if there is no official record of a compliant installation.
In Scotland there are different requirements and a building warrant scheme is in operation, currently administered by SBSA. However, HETAS also lists installers in Scotland who have met the HETAS requirements for Registration.
For more information and to find an installer, please click the HETAS logo
From the 1st October 2010 you must install a sealed battery powered Carbon Monoxide Detector into the room where the Stove has been installed. Without this the HETAS installer will not sign off your installation.
Previously, any stove under 5kW did not require an air vent. As from 1st October 2010, the rules have changed slightly. If your house was built on or after 1992 you would require an air vent - regardless of the output of the stove. This is due to houses becoming more and more insulated and less draughty therefore the need for replacement air into the room is required.
When installing Woodburning or Multi-fuel stove, the regulations state that you must step up to a 6" flexible liner if you purchase a stove with a 5" flue outlet. This rule is staying the same except for stoves that are DEFRA Smoke Control Approved. If you purchase a DEFRA approved stove then can now install a 5" flexible liner. If your stove is not DEFRA approved you must increase to 6" as always.
The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document J (2010 Edition)
2.34. Where a new or replacement fixed solid fuel appliance is installed in the dwelling, a carbon monoxide alarm should be provided in the room where the appliance is installed.
How Should I Prepare My Home For the Installation of a new Fireplace?
Adequate preparation is an important step. Since each home and fireplace is different, there can be a variety of different steps required in order to properly prepare your home for the installation of your new fireplace.
For example, If you are installing a gas fire, you will need to have a suitable transitional chamber so as to comply with current regulations and manufacturer instructions. If you are a relatively handy homeowner, then you may be able to carry out some of the building work prior to installation, this may help to minimise the labour on the part of the installer.
When preparing for the installation itself, you can remove rugs, electrical equipment, wall-mounted pictures or other decorations, and furniture from the room where the installation will happen. Furniture which you leave in the room can be covered with sheets to protect against dust or debris which may be stirred up during installation of your new fireplace.
If you are planning on purchasing a stone fireplace, please read this important guide from the Stone Federation regarding the best practice guide for the installation of stone fire surrounds:
Fitting Stone Fireplaces