Ask Reece – Craving humidity and ‘doing it yourself’

Reece Toscani, stove expert, stove help

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Dear Reece

My room currently resembles a dry desert every time I use my woodburning stove. I’d have more chance of finding moisture on Mars than in my house when I use my stove – why is this?

Yours

Mr V. Parched

Dear Mr Parched,

It sounds like you’re suffering from dry heat, similar to what you get in a sauna.

Large woodburners, installed into rooms that are too small for them can produce a very dry heat. Similarly if you misjudge the level of insulation and put a stove with a higher output then required into a room with a very high thermal insulation level that heat will feel very dry.

A couple of solutions if this is only happening occasionally is to open the doors to the room and windows will help improve the air quality. If it is persistent then you may need to get your installer back round to re-asses the practicality of that stove in the room and perhaps provide some additional room ventilation.

If this is not an option another way to combat this would be a humidifying product such as a kettle that would sit on top of the stove with water in it, and produce vapor back into the room while the stove is burning. It is even possible to get scented fragrances to give your room a pleasant aroma. Some more modern and contemporary stoves can have humidifying sections built-into them should you need it.

Yours,

Reece

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Dear Reece,

I’ve bought a stove and I want to install it myself. I’m not a qualified installer but I’m a bit handy with a tape measure and screwdriver. Will this be ok?

Yours,

Handy Andy

Dear Andy

While it is possible to fit a stove/fireplace yourself, you should always get a qualified engineer or building control officer to sign it off. We would suggest using a qualified HETAS or GasSafe Engineer to install any solid fuel or gas appliances. You can find qualified engineers here: www.hetas.co.uk and www.gassafe.co.uk

Yours,

Reece

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3 thoughts on “Ask Reece – Craving humidity and ‘doing it yourself’

  1. Dear Reece

    Hi I’ve just purchased Invicta Modena 12kw wood burning stove ,it did not come with adaptor ! As its top and rear fixing , I know I will have to get back to supplier for adaptor . Have you had any experience of fixing this stove . Are there any videos plans etc ,for insterlation. Kind Regards D. Faulkner

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for comment. Unfortunately we do not have one of these stoves on display currently otherwise we would happily send you a video response to you question, but I am sure we can still help.

      Are you planning on fluing out the top of back of the stove? As you should have a collar for the flue connection and a blanking plate to terminate whichever one you are not using. Then you will find that because the Modena is a European stove (Invicta are made in France) they are designed to have the flue pipe on the outside of the flue collar rather than on the inside like we do here in the UK. So we have had a number of flue adaptors made to fit these situations and allow you to connect a European flue outlet to UK size flue pipe.

      If you want to send me a photo of your stove as it is, we should be able to work out if you have what you need or if you are missing anything. Our email address is marketing@fireplaceproducts.co.uk.

      I look forward to hearing from you

      Reece

  2. If it is persistent then you may need to get your installer back round to re-asses the practicality of that stove in the room and perhaps provide some additional room ventilation.

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