A few quick tips on wood burning stove installation and help with buying the right wood stove.
It is a good idea to involve a dealer early on in the process
In order to give you good advice, our dealers need some information. We have made a list of things that you should find out before you get in touch with a dealer. You find the list here. We do this in order to ensure that the advice that we give you are suitable for your needs, living situation and budget. Based on this, we will give advice you on placement, type of fireplace or wood stove, chimney solutions, fire safety and regulations that will need to be considered.
Installation of fireplace or wood stove – is it difficult and what does it cost?
In Norway you are legally allowed to install a fireplace or wood stove yourself. You can also choose to outsource the entire installastion. Usually, you have to pay for two people for four to five hours. This then includes preparations, transport etc. The installation job at a customer's residence can take as little as two hours or it can take a whole day. This depends on how big the project is and the type of fireplace or wood stove is being installed.
Removal of old fireplace and wood stove
Many dealers offer to remove your old fireplace or wood stove and often the old wood stoves are sent back to Jøtul to be melted down and turned into new, modern fireplaces and wood stoves. It can be a good idea to bring a photo of the old wood stove or fireplace when you go to the shop and they will give you a rough estimate of what it will cost to remove the old installation. If it requires a lot of work and tearing down of brickwork, the cost may increase slightly. You can also get advice on existing regulations, as well as how to proceed in connection with this. You can also remove the old fireplace or wood stove yourself. Remember that the old opening in the chimney must be closed up in the correct way, if it is not to be used for the new fireplace.
Rehabilitation of the chimney or installation of a new steel chimney
Old chimneys might need rehabilitation or perhaps you want to put a fireplace somewhere where you don't have a chimney? If you want to assess the condition of the existing chimney, the easiest way is to contact the chimney sweep association or one of our dealers. They will quickly give you an answer and inform you about the next steps to take. Alternatively, you can install a steel chimney. Today, these can easily be installed later in most homes and cabins.
Approval, inspection and service
Before a new fireplace can be used, the installation needs approval. Our professional dealers can help you get approval of the installation and send a report til the chimney sweep association with the local authorities. If you choose to do it yourself, you have to contact the chimney sweep association to have them do an inspection and approve the installation before you send the documentation to the local authority. It is also possible to get advice on use, service and maintenance.
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