I came across this image today...
Quirky isn`t it. And I imagine in the right living space it would look really great. It reminded me of something that happened at the end of last summer.
We had a lady who had bought a beautiful, ornate, antique and restored wood burning stove. It was French and really was beautiful.
She asked us if we would install it for her as she didn't like the traditional style of wood burning stove that we tend to see these days.
Unfortunately, the answer was no.... and it would also be no for the picture above.
You see, any HETAS installer worth their salt wouldn't touch it with a barge pole for several reasons.
with quirky fires like the picture above, or unusual, restored or antique fires, there are no manufacturers safety instructions or requirements for the installer to follow. Thus, there is no safe way to determine vital information like for example; distances to combustibles, hearth requirements, clearances. All extremely important for keeping your home safe. There is also no CE mark. A HETAS installer will not be able to fit a fire that doesn't have the CE mark to confirm its safety standard. They are also not going to be DEFRA approved, if you live in a smoke controlled area.
So please.... if you are considering being a little different with your installation then by all means go for it.... just ensure that your fire is safe and complies to what HETAS would require. You can even call HETAS yourself, before you purchase your chosen fire to confirm this, or, speak with your HETAS installer who will advise you. Remember, if you are looking for a bargain on Ebay or an internet site then send the seller a question: Does it have the CE safety mark? can you send me a photograph to prove this? Is it DEFRA approved? Does it come with the relevant paper work for the installer? And, if you don`t get a clear answer then walk away or leave the site and look else where.
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