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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

These alarms should comply with BSEN50291:2001 and be powered by a battery designed to operate for the working life of the alarm, some alarms have a 7 to 10 battery life.

It is vital - the alarm has the ability to alert the use when the battery is getting low.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be audible - you may be asleep when this deadly gas enters your room from your appliance, so you need something that will wake you up and prompt you to move away from the danger.

The official fitting instruction (as per the Building Regs) on where to place the alarm is : -

a) If on the ceiling the alarm should be at least 300mm from the wall above the fire.

 If the alarm is located on the wall - as high up as possible (above doors and windows) but  

 not less than 150mm (6 inches) from the ceiling.

b) Between 1 metre and 3 metres horizontally from the appliance.

c) Also refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 Provision of an alarm should not be regarded as a substitute for correct installation and

 regular servicing of the appliance.

Ventilation - Permanently Open Air Vent

Properties Built After 2008

The Building Regs cover this subject in depth but in short, any dwelling built after 2008 is likely to have a sufficient degree of air tightness (i.e. double glazing, tight door seals etc.,) requiring the fitment of an air vent,  regardless of the size of the stove - the diameter of the vent will be determined by the kilowatt output and the type of appliance (e.g. wood-burner or open fire etc).

Properties Built Before 2008

These properties are unlikely to have been built to such a degree of air tightness and although unless the occupier has upgraded the dwelling (i.e. fitted double glazing) then certain low kilowatt stoves can be fitted without an air vent.  This situation must always be reviewed when considering fitting a stove along with any known future improvement plans.

It is always advisable to fit an air vent to be on the safe side and protect you and your family.

Fuel Storage

Sometimes people have the opinion that it is a good idea to stack their logs up the sides of the stove to keep them warm and dry.  If you refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for your stove they will provide a safe distance that any combustibles can be placed.

Do not risk it, it may look attractive and serve some purpose but it can also burn your house down.

When stored outside, stack your logs so that they are well ventilated.


Keeping a stove in good order not only keeps your appliance running efficiently but can also reduce the harmful particulate matter thrown up into the atmosphere - please refer to the Burn Right webpage - www.burnright.co.uk

Maintaining your stove will include : -

1. Regular chimney sweeping by a qualified professional (see our sister site -  brecklandbrush.co.uk).

 The recommended frequencies are as follows : -

 * Smokeless fuel  - at least once a year.

 * Wood    - quarterly when in use.

 * Bituminous coal  - quarterly when in use.

 * Oil    - once a year.

 * Gas    - once a year.

2. Running Repairs - these will include : -

 * Re-roping doors - stove doors need to be a good tight fit to aid your control of the

  fire and to prevent any smoke leaking into the room.

 * Replacing broken glass - apart from being unsightly; a broken pane will let in more    air and will not make controlling your fire more difficult.

 * Replacing the inner parts of the stove.

  Baffle plates (or throat plates) warp and corrode and inner wall bricks can break up.

  All these internal parts are there to make your stove work properly, so replacing

  them will in the long run save you money as well as making your stove burn

  more efficiently.

 * Seals around stove joints.

  The most common joint that needs repair is the seal between the stove pipe

  which comes out of the top of the stove and the stove (collar) itself.

  This joint along with others should be air tight to keep the gasses inside the pipe

  and not in your room - an easy repair too.

We can provide all the ‘running repairs’ - please enquire for a quotation.

Breckland Stove Company Ltd is registered in England

Registered Offices : Exchange House Centre, Exchange Street, Attleborough NR17 2AB

Company Registration No : 10018610