How to make sure your wood burning stove is safe?
6th Oct 2017
At Topstak, our customer’s safety is our number one priority, and we always ensure that when our stoves are installed they comply with building regulations.
We also advise our customers that their stoves and chimneys should be installed by someone that is a registered HETAS installer, as all of our installers have this registration.
It is important that your home also has a hearth, as a stove or chimney cannot be installed without one. If a wood burning stove is placed directly on a hardwood or a carpet this increases the risk of fire, so a hearth is vital. We also have more information on this in our safe installation regulations section.
Once your stove has been installed in your home, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that it remains safe for all your family. As we've previously explained in detail, it's essential to do some mandatory checks to ensure your woodburning stove is ready to be lit after no being in use for a time.
You should also check out our guide on how to lay and light your stove for useful tips. For example, do not stack logs immediately by the fire, handle the logs with protective gloves and don’t leave the fire unattended.
We also have a variety of accessories in our Online Shop that will help to keep your wood burning stove safe.
As well as educating your children on fire safety, you can purchase a hearth gate so that you can always be assured that your child is away from the fire. We have a variety of styles in stock, all of which are easy to mount and can be extended to fit your required space. These hearth gates also come with an easy access door so that you can reach your stove quickly.
For safety reasons, cleaning your stove is a necessity and the Ash Vacuum makes this job easy! It is suitable for wood and coal burning debris and can be used on fires, stoves and barbecues. It is also simple to clean as it is fitted with a washable fine filter.
If you are worried about ash and hot cinders damaging your floor, then think about purchasing a Toppy Ash Carrier. This handy device was created so that people could dispose of their hot ashes cleanly and safely.
For those having a wood burning stove fitted in their home it is also a requirement that there is a carbon monoxide alarm in the same room as the fire. We have one in our online shop which has an internal power pack that powers the alarm for 7 years in normal conditions.