Thursday, July 7

Can I Install a Wood Burning Stove in a Conservatory?

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For many of us, our stoves are the pride and joy of our living rooms. However, this isn’t the only place you can enjoy the benefits of a log burner….

We often get asked the question, ‘can I have a wood burning stove in my conservatory?’ The answer we give to this is a resounding, yes!

Installing a wood burning stove in your conservatory is a fantastic idea and very easy to do.

So, why have a log burner in a conservatory?

Due to their glass construction, conservatories can get really cold during the winter. A wood burning stove offers an extremely efficient way of heating up your room as-and-when you need it. They also have the added benefit of producing the cosy atmosphere that only the flicker of real flames can offer!

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There are other options to installing a stove to heat your conservatory. You could use an electric heater, though these do come with a higher running cost. Another option is to expand your central heating system, though this could be expensive and involve a lot of work.

Overall, a wood burning stove in your conservatory is a popular and cost-effective decision that can really help you get use out of the room all year round.

Take a look at our guide to find out everything you need to know about getting it done…

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How to install a wood burning stove in a conservatory

Installing a wood burning stove in your conservatory should be a relatively straightforward job. However, there are a few things to bear in mind and to look out for before you start…

1. It is easiest to fit your stove against the wall of your house

When considering where you are going to fit your wood burner in your conservatory, bear in mind that the closer you fit it to your house, the easier it will be.

This is because your stove flue will need to be supported; and the wall is a good place to do this. The flue can then be attached to the wall all the way up to the roof, where it can deposit fumes at a safe distance at your rooftop – this should be at least 1 metre above your house guttering.

If you don’t fit your flue to the wall, it will need to be at least 2.3 metres away from the house to adhere to building regulations. It will then need to extend at least 1 metre high above the conservatory roof, so you will need to ensure it is secure and well supported. It could be that this option works out a little cheaper, as you won’t need to buy as much flue pipe.

2. A twin wall flue will be required

To install a wood burning stove in your conservatory, you will probably need to use a twin wall flue system.

Unless you are lucky enough to have a fully operational brick chimney in your conservatory – which is very unlikely! – you will need to install a new chimney system. Fitting a wood burner without a chimney is not as difficult as you might think. It simply involves connecting sections of steel pipe into place, which then passes through your wall or roof.

3. Brush up on your stove regulations

It’s always important to ensure your stove is installed safely. We advise getting it fitted by a HETAS registered engineer, as this also ensures your stove meets all required regulations.

However, just for your own knowledge, the following points will need to be checked:

  • Clearance to combustibles. Your stove pipe should be at least 425mm from any material that could catch fire.
  • You have a suitable hearth. It should be at least 12mm thick and big enough to extend 300mm to the front and 150mm to either side of the stove.
  • The room is ventilated. If your stove is over 5kW, you need 550mm2 of permanent ventilation for every additional kilowatt

Find more information in our Guide to Wood Burning Stove Regulations.

Can you put a flue through a conservatory roof?

can you put flue through conservatory roof

When using a twin wall flue pipe, it is perfectly safe for your flue to be built through your conservatory roof – in fact, twin wall pipe is designed specifically for this purpose. This is because they have an insulated layer that stops the outside of the pipe from becoming dangerously hot. If you use any other type of pipe, you could be creating a serious hazard, so check that you have the correct one.

If your conservatory roof is made from corrugated plastic or metal, then you will need to use roof flashing and a silicone sealant to ensure it is kept watertight. If your roof is glass, see if your conservatory manufacturer can provide you with a non-glass panel you can replace a section with.

Do you need planning permission for a log burner in a conservatory?

You don’t need to get any prior planning permission for installing a domestic wood burning stove in your home – though it’s best to be neighbourly and check any nearby houses are ok with the smoke it will create and where you plan to position the flue.

However, it is important to ensure your log burner meets all the regulations of Document J. A HETAS installer will be able to self certify this for you. If you install your stove yourself, you will need to pay your local council to come and approve the work for you. Be sure to arrange this before you start any work.

One more thing to remember – if you live in a smoke control zone, you will need a DEFRA approved stove. You should also check that you have the right heat output for the size of your conservatory.

Our Stove Calculator will be able to help you out here!

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How much does putting a wood burner in a conservatory cost?

Overall, to put a wood burner in a conservatory, you will need to factor in the following costs:

  • The price of your stove
  • The cost of your twin wall pipe and stove pipe
  • The labour if you are using a HETAS installer
  • The payment to your local authority to approve your work if you do not use a HETAS installer

Our blog post How Much Do Wood Burning Stoves Cost has more information.

Overall, installing a wood burning stove in a conservatory is easy, efficient and cost effective. Using a twin wall flue, you can turn your conservatory into a cosy corner for you to enjoy through both summer and winter!

If for any reason you can’t install a log burner into your conservatory, you could also consider a gas stove or an electric stove. Find out everything you need to know about gas stoves here, or read our electric stove buying guide for more information.

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If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

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  1. Eleanor Cantel on

    We are looking at the possibility of installing a wood burning stove in our conservatory and have read the various bits of helpful information on your website. We would appreciate your advice on what may be the best option for a 324” by 358” sized conservatory and a ballpark figure for the likely installation costs. Our concern is where we may be able to put it and how we install the flue as the only element of house wall in our conservatory has a TV on it. We would also appreciate knowing whether this would affect a bedroom which the conservatory is below although we hope this is unlikely to as the windows would be shut when it’s cold & the fire is on.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Eleanor, Thank you for your question.
      I’ve put your measurements 324″ (8.2M) x 358″ (9.1M) with a guess at your ceiling height of 2.4M and insulation level of average into our Stove Calculator.
      It suggests a stove with a 10 to 12kW output.
      If your heights are different you can recalculate here:
      Installing in a conservatory isn’t difficult we even sell a conservatory flue pipe kit:
      Most stoves require a flue of at least 3.5 metres but you can have it free-standing and use special guy wires to make sure it stays where it should if fitting to a wall will be a problem.
      Installation cost varies from place to place, we recommend getting a few quotes from Hetas Installers near you:
      These are the registered body for solid fuel installations and can provide all the paperwork needed by your local authority and insurers.
      I hope this helps?
      If you require more information please contact [email protected]
      Kind regards,

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