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Solid fuel burners – what you need to know

The health and safety of customers is Futures Housing Group’s top priority.

As part of our ongoing commitment to helping ensure that you, your home and your community remains safe, we have issued some advice around the self-installation of solid fuel burners:

  • If you are planning to install an appliance yourself, please click here for a handy guide.

Ensure you have written permission from Futures Housing Group before undertaking any work

  • Ensure you submit an application to the Building Control department of your local authority to carry out the installation. Alternatively use a registered installer (such as HETAS) who can carry out the installation, and register the appliance for you. This is a legal requirement.
  • There is a register of installing companies who can do the work for you. Click here to start searching.
  • Ensure you use a Government-approved appliance. Click here to find an appliance. Your local authority can tell you if you are in a smokeless zone or not, this is important to know when selecting your appliance and which fuel it can burn.
  • Ensure you use the correct fuel. Click here to find a list of appropriate materials
  • HETAS has a range of advice leaflets available on its website, including one on Building Regulations and Legal Requirements. The full range can be viewed here.HETAS also has a dedicated page on the importance of a certificate of compliance for any installation carried out. Click here to take a look.

Getting it wrong

Poorly installed appliances, using the wrong type of fuel or installing without permission can create health and fire risks; can invalidate your home, building or contents insurance or could lead to hefty fines if you are prosecuted for failing to meet the required standards.

Many parts of the UK are smoke control areas where you cannot emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using exempt appliances, e.g. burners or stoves. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you break the rules.

What can Futures do to help?

Once a solid fuel appliance has been installed and complies with Building Regulations or has been installed by an approved installer, Futures Housing Group will undertake an annual sweep of the appliance as part of your tenancy.

We do not however carry out repairs or maintenance on appliances installed by customers.

For more information, download our full guide to installing a solid fuel burner.

  • Last updated: 13/07/2016

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