wood surround on a log burner

18 Mar 2011
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United Kingdom
Looking to install a log burner in our old house. But we want to use a old wood surround for the fire place. Does any one know if the regulations on a log burner say that you cant have a wooden surround? Or do they say any thing about the distance the surround should be from the log burner?
Cheers XL
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We have a wooden beam mantel above our Vesta wood burner and it had to be 500mm/20in away according to document J of the building regs.
The installer will know the regs and inform you what can and cant be done when he surveys the job.
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The rule is as follows:

The flue pipe needs to be away from any combustible material by a distance of 3X the diameter of the flue itself. So if a 5" flue then 15", if a 6" flue 18". You can shield the wood with a non combustible material; there has to be a 12mm air gap between the shield and the combustible material. If shielded you can reduce the above proximity minimums by half.

With regard to the stove then combustible materials must be 150mm away.

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