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Latest guidance on chimney and flue installation released

In order to remove any confusion surrounding the updated European standard relating to the installation of flues and chimneys, an acknowledgement of the standard (BSEN 15287-1) has been published.

The British Flue and Chimney Manufacturer's Association’s updated guide, entitled ‘General Guidance on the Selection and Installation of Flues and Chimneys for Wood Burning and Multi Fuel Appliances’, now recognises the alternative installation methods.

The installation standard for flues and chimneys was revised last year, and comprises numerous major changes regarding installation practice for wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves.

The standard now allows for stainless steel twin wall flue to be used as a connecting flue pipe, which is able to be connected directly to the appliance. This change means that the required distance to combustibles has been significantly reduced.

The standard also sets out that the length of horizontal flue through a wall can be raised to 450mm from 150 mm under certain circumstances. This change means that the connection through the wall to an external flue is simplified.

The changes also see alternative suggestions made relating to the facilitation of the visual inspection of enclosed stainless steel flues in voids.

The acknowledgement of the new standard has been published in Document J of the 'General Guidance on the Selection and Installation of Flues and Chimneys for Wood Burning and Multi Fuel Appliances' publication.