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We pride ourselves in having our own HETAS qualified installation teams. We can carry out any type of installation or modification to your fireplace or chimney. If you do not have a chimney we can install a flue system to suit your requirements. We will take care of the entire job from resizing to final plaster or tiled finishes.
The following diagrams are examples of typical installations. If your installation is not carried out by a HETAS approved person then your local Building Control office should be contacted. They will come out to see the installation and make sure that it conforms to current Building Regulations There will be a charge for this visit.
Approved Document J or Part J is the document within the Building Regulations that cover England and Wales that deals with “combustion appliances and fuel storage systems”. This document has six requirements, but only the first four (J1, J2, J3 and J4) apply to the installation of solid fuel appliances.
The description of these four requirements is as follows:
J1 – Air supply
J2 – Discharge of products of combustion
J3 – Protection of building
J4 – Provision of information
The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance to obtaining compliance with the Building Regulations for some of the more common situations encountered during the installation of an appliance, however the document states that ‘there is no obligation to adopt any particular solution contained in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet the relevant requirement in some other way’.
The Building Regulations for Scotland and Northern Ireland differ slightly to those for England and Wales and precise details should be checked for compliance.
If you intend to use an existing chimney you must get it checked for soundness and blockages. It is very common in older chimneys for the bricks dividing connecting flue passages to be breached. If this is not rectified or a liner not installed then poisonous flue gases can pass through and come out through a fireplace in another room.
We must repeat that these are all examples to give you an idea of what will need to be considered. You will need either a HETAS engineer or building control inspection for your particular installation.