Removal of flue gases
The combustion of wood releases flue gases, which must be removed. There is no such thing as a wood fire without a flue. If you buy a new fire, it must be connected to a flue or chimney. This flue must be suitable for both carrying off the flue gases and supplying the fire with oxygen, as this is what is needed for the fire to burn.
It is therefore very important, before buying a fire, to find out whether your existing flue is suitable for the fire or, if you do not have one, to find out whether it can be realised in your home. We explain the points of interest in the two situations for you.
You have an existing chimney
Do you already have a flue? That does not mean it is suitable as a flue for the new fire. Always check, in consultation with an authorised dealer, whether this flue meets the requirements. Intensive use of the fire can cause wear and tear on the flue, which eventually causes problems. The purchase of a new fire or wood-burning stove is a good time to have the existing flue checked and possibly renovated.
You don't have a flue (yet)
If you do not have a flue, you will need to install and prepare it before purchasing a wood-burning stove. A flue should always protrude above the ridge of a house's roof so that the smoke does not cause a nuisance. You should therefore check which part of your house is suitable for installing a flue and a wood fire. Also take into account any regulations your municipality may have regarding the discharge of flue gases.
Do you have neighbours? Then it is useful to inform them about the arrival of a fire. Of course, the dealer you buy your wood fire from will be able to tell you more about the possibilities and help you think about the most convenient way to realise a flue or flue for your home.
Want to check with a dealer whether your chimney is suitable? Or would you like more information about building a flue?