Potential dangerous solid fuel flue position

1 Aug 2020
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My neighbour has installed a wood burner in her property and the flue is about 1000mm away from my building but does not rise 600mm above my building. I am concerned about carbon monoxide and smoke entering my property and in particular my daughters bedroom which you can see on attached photographs (hopefully they have uploaded ok)

I believe the installation is in breach of building regulations. I have contacted building control at my council and a surveyor will be looking at it but no time frame was given.

My neighbour claims the installer (HETAS registered apparently) fitted a fan that “pushes” gases etc above my property and that it is safe to use the fire with the flue in its current position. I’m not sure i believe her and need some reassurance.

Please can you advise are there products available that would allow her flue to be sited within 1000mm of my property but not rise 600mm above my property which would allow it to comply with building regulations?

Any help would be appreciated.


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The terminal should be a minimum of 2.3m horizontally from any structure to prevent turbulent air effecting the draft of the chimney so not compliant. No product can overcome this requirement.
I thought as much. Been scouring the Internet all day searching for something that would do the job my neighbour claims it does. Ive found nothing other that draught boosters which she has installed from what I can make out.
Appreciate the reply. Many thanks
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I did. All pointed out to my neighbour but she insists it is within regulations and flashed a HETAS certificate at me. Either it’s a fake certificate of compliance or the installer has got it very wrong. But then I’m thinking surely a HETAs installer knows about the minimum outlet distances at part D of the diagram.
Remember though that the Approved Documents simply provide a method for achieving compliance. Failure to build in accordance with the Approved Documents doesn't necessarily equate with a failure to meet the regulation (the bit in green near the beginning of the relevant Approved Document)
The approved doc is a method of showing compliance, however other approaches are possible, though I've not heard of anything you describe.
I'm curious as to why B Control are getting involved in work carried out under a self cert scheme, they should be taking a step back and advising you to contact HETAS. Assuming this is correct and the work has been registered, other than giving very general advice and referring you to the approved doc, I would refuse to have any other involvement.

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