How to fit a wood burning stove in a shed

Fitting a wood burning stove in a wooden building
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How to fit a wood burning stove in a shed

Fitting a stove in a shed or summerhouse needn’t be complicated if a few basic rules are followed. In this article we will demonstrate the basics and show you the products we have an offer that will make this installation as easy and most of all safe as possible. A woodburner is a fantastic addition to a shed, summerhouse or garden room and will provide a beautiful focal point.
Stove installed in summerhouse
Small woodburner fitted in summer house

Considerations before fitting a stove in a shed or wooden building

Firstly its worth working out roughly what output of stove you require to heat the shed. This is simple and can be done by filling in the details below
The Stove KW calculator should only be used as a guide to verify the required stove please feel free to contact us. The most common stoves we fit in garden rooms are The Vesta V2 Summerhouse kit and the Bushmaster Summerhouse kit These stove are ideal as they work on a very short flue system ie over 2 meters. Wed sell a full kit of parts so you will have everything you need deliveerd n one package with simple instrucvtions that will guide you through the process. You can find a case study here of an install in a summerhouse

Step 1 – Siting the stove in the shed

Choosing the best position for your stove is quite simple. The flue system is always better to go straight up with no bends at all. Placing the floor plate in position and using a string line to estimate the flue centre position is a really helpful way to assess were the chimney will pass through the roof. It will also show you if you have any supporting structures in the way of the flue penetration and you can them re-position the stove accordingly. Ensure that you have at least 500mm to combustible materials either side of the stove for safety.
Positioning the stove in a shed
Positioning the stove in your shed
 

Step 2 – Fit the heat shield

The heat shield is required to keep the heat of the stove damaging the back wall of the shed. We supply this with the stove kit. It simply lines up with the hearth plate (see image) and screws to the wall using the spacers supplied.  The heat shield is comprised of a heat resistant board materials with a steel cladding face that is colour matched to your stove. Once the positions now  determined. Use the plumb line again to make a mark on the ceiling that lines up with the hole in the top of the stove.  
Step 2 – Cutting a flue hole in the shed
Now its time for the fun bit. Yes it can a bit scary cutting a hole in the roof of your brand new shed or garden room but dont panic we have made it easy by supplying templates and cover plates . Place the template central to the mark you just made for the centre of the the flue and use the template to mark the elliptical hole.  Pilot drill the hole with a spade bit and use a jigsaw or reciprocating saw to cut all the way through the roof materials. The template has been made to give you the correct clearances required around the flue system
Cutting hole in shed roof
chimney being fitted in Log Cabin
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Step 3 – Assemble the flue system

Ok now you have a gaping hole in your lovely shed roof its time to think about sorting that out before the wife comes home! Start by placing the first single wall flue in the stove. The junction of the two types of flue should be approx 300mm below the roof. Measure and cut the second section of single wall flue to achieve this using a slitting disc and an angle grinder. remove the flue from the stove and pack fire cement in the hole to create a seal and push the flue back in. You can then assemble the remaining flue and poke it through the roof.

Step 4 – Flashing Installation

Stove flue installed in shed There are several methods that you can use based on the material your roof is made out of. Our rubber flashing supplied with the summerhouse stove kit are extremely durable and last a lifetime. Once the flashing is fitted you can no go ahead and cover it up with the storm collar and fit the cowl to the flue. Its worth mentioning at this point that you can start to take credit for your hard work! I am not going to go into the in depth details of how to fit a flashing and make it watertight due to the nature of the individual room materials But a quick search on you tube will give you some pointers until I create a video tutorial!
Stove installed in log cabin
Making flue watertight in Summer House

Step 4 – Tidying up

In our Summerhouse stove kit you will have found two small plates. These are very very very important!! Basically they cover up the mistake you made when cutting the flue hole and provide a nice finish to the ceiling. Ok get cutting firewood because you have just finished installing a stove in your shed. Oh! dont forget to cut the kindling ready to start the fire  

Step 5 – STOP!! One last thing

Our stove kits come with a carbon monoxide detector. Please install in straight away! The chance of getting carbon monoxide poisoning is very small but why risk it when we have the technology.    
       

Include a wood burner in your garden room design

Why not include a wood burner in your garden room design

At Vesta we’re proud to be part of a resurgence in embracing traditional means of keeping a property warm. Customers are becoming increasingly savvy and looking for alternatives to traditional gas and oil fired burners. As time goes on more people are realising that environmentally friendly solutions can look great and still save them money. The video below shows a Vesta V2 stove installed in a summerhouse

 

 

Stove installed in Summerhouse and Logcabin
Vesta V2 Log burning Stove installed in Log Cabin Summerhouse

Rather than simply copying the styles of older burners, our stoves are contemporary looking without moving too far away from the romantic idea of logs in a fire. A clear window to an inviting flame that warms and creates a centrepiece for a room.

 

In the past year, we’ve experienced a noticeable increase in requests for stoves to be installed in garden rooms, summer houses and log cabins. Because of longer Summers, customers in the UK are staying home and enjoying their own gardens from their very own miniature holiday homes. Vesta wood burning stoves are favoured for these cosy spaces due to their short flue requirement of only a metre and a half, compared to many other stove manufacturers requiring up to four metres or more. Similarly, gas feeds can be costly to install and difficult to maintain, whereas a wood burner is an ideal compromise that fits the aesthetic perfectly.

Woodburning stove to heat summerhouseSummerhouse with woodburning stove installed

Any of the Vesta range are suitable for garden rooms but our most requested stove for log cabins and garden rooms is the Vesta V2. This is mainly due to its small kilowatt (heat energy) output but also the ability to load a 30cm log. This means that a standard stock log can be added to the stove right away instead of having to re-cut the wood into small pieces. The V2 stove (so named because of its 2kW output) was also recently featured on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, as well as pictured on the front cover of the book following the series.

For practical reasons, we have developed custom heat shields to allow a stove to be installed closer to a wall; saving on valuable floor space. We also employ self-cleaning glass in each stove that we build, ensuring every customer has a wide clear view of the beautiful flame that only a stove can produce. Much more romantic to snuggle up to than an oil filled radiator!

Stove installed in garden room / log cabin showing heat shield
Stove Installed in Garden Room

Each one of our stoves is hand built and produced in our workshop in Lancashire. Every stove is unique with its own tale to tell, and we can cater for different build sizes and custom requirements depending on where the stove is to be installed. One of the latest designs to come out of our workshop is the Crantock. A hark back to a more rustic feel (but with contemporary sensibilities) the Crantock can warm a room but also boil a kettle or cook a treat or two, thanks to its large flat stove top.

Our wood burning stoves can be found all around the country in homes, offices, summer houses, shepherd huts, garden studios, converted barns and even narrow boats! We have a range and a colour available to suit every scenario, with a lifetime warranty if installed by one of our engineers. For a set fee, our engineers will cover the length and breadth of the United Kingdom too. Making sure you can keep warm, bring a unique look and feel to your property without breaking the bank, and reduce your impact on the environment all at the same time.

For more information about Vesta’s stoves suitable for garden, rooms visit the online shop or give them a call on 01704 821095 to discuss your options.