Ask Reece – Chimney-less homes and green fuel

Fireplace Product’s resident expert Reece Toscani tackles your need-to-know questions. In today’s blog post he explains the options available to chimney-less homeowners and the environmental credentials of your fuel choice.

Dear Reece,

I have been thinking about buying a stove for a long time, but I’m not sure what to do as my house doesn’t have a chimney. Do you have any idea what I can do?

Yours,

Clueless & Flueless

Dear Clueless & Flueless,

You certainly have a few options available to you – don’t fret, the stove of your dreams isn’t lost yet! Firstly, you can build a traditional brick chimney and create an opening to suit whichever stove or fireplace you want. If that sounds like a bit too much work for you then you can build a built-in fireplace that can be built from fire-proof construction boards.

Alternatively, if your appliance has a flue outlet on it, you can run what is known as a twin wall flue system which can run out through an external wall, or be run internally through the house. For a gas fire we have an balanced-flue option available, which can come off the stove and through an external wall – no chimney required.

Finally if these options seem too big a task for you, you may want to consider a flueless gas stove, or electric fire, as these are easily installed and require no flue or chimney.

Yours,

Reece

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Dear Reece,

I am interested in a stove but I’m frightened of damaging the environment. Would you be able to tell me which is the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly fuel available to me?

Yours

Mr A. Gore

Dear Mr Gore,

This is a tough question to answer, but I’ll certainly give it a shot.

There are many benefits of burning wood; its carbon neutral and is often available from sustainable sources. Coal is a diminishing resource and has a large environmental impact depending on how it is produced.

Electric is clean burning and 100% efficient, but how it is generated can depend on where you are in the world. Gas again is a diminishing resource, but with the possibility of fracking shale gas, this may soon change. Bio-ethanol is probably the newest fuel, burns very cleanly and is environmentally sourced.

When it comes to making a fuel choice based on environmental credentials you should always ensure that you source the fuel from as close to you as possible, that way it doesn’t rack up the road and air-miles.

Yours,

Reece

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2 thoughts on “Ask Reece – Chimney-less homes and green fuel

  1. Is it feasible to install a twin-wall stove on top of laminate flooring, with a solid hearth immediately under the stove, and what is the most suitable material for the hearth in this situation?

    1. Hi Carol, Just to clarify a couple of things. Firstly you need to have a hearth under any stove id you have laminate flooring. Depending upon the stove however you can use a superficial hearth, which is like a glass or stone floor plate that CAN sit on top of your laminate flooring, make sure you look for stoves that are 12mm hearth approved (here is a link to some of ours – https://www.fireplaceproducts.co.uk/en/stoves/wood-burning-stoves?char_1458=18830517) most new stoves built now are tested to this, so you have a lot of choices when it comes to this. Regarding the flue, using a twinwall flue pipe from the stove is useful if you need to keep a small distance to combustible materials, such as a plasterboard wall behind the stove. You also need to ensure that the rear and side distance to combustibles measurement is on the stove you choose if this is going to be a factor for you. The twinwall will then allow you to place the stove almost anywhere in the room, with various options available regarding coming up and then out through the wall, or up and out through the ceiling. Hope it helps, Reece

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