No – however we recommend for any appliances that are powered using a type of solid fuel (coal, wood, etc.) you:

1. Make available clear instructions for the tenants on using the appliance to include:

  • Step by step details on how to light the fire correctly
  • Not to use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light the fire
  • Not to burn paper or rubbish
  • Not to overload the fire with fuel
  • Kind of fuel to be used, and warnings against using resinous or unseasoned wood
  • Warnings to ensure the fire is completely extinguished before the tenants go to bed
  • Not to stack logs against a stove as they can combust
  • To dispose of ashes in a metal bucket (provided) stored outside

2. Check appliance is fitted with a sparkguard to reduce the possibility of sparks from solid fuel fires reaching and igniting nearby combustible material. Sparkguards should meet British Standard 3248:1986

3. Arrange for all working chimneys in the property to be swept and inspected. This is to reduce the risk of chimney fires and poisoning from fumes. Use a chimney sweep registered with the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps or the National Association of Chimney Sweeps who in addition to sweeping the chimney will carry out checks such as smoke evacuation to ensure your chimney is working as it should. Some insurance underwriters stipulate in their policies that chimneys should be adequately maintained so failure to do so could render the insurance policy invalid in the event of a chimney fire.

4. Arrange for any stove installed in the property to be serviced. Use a HETAS (HETAS Ltd operates the Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme) registered installer. HETAS registered installers can be found here

Finally, it is a legal requirement that a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm is installed in any room with a solid fuel appliance.

Further Reading

HETAS Advice Leaflet – Operating & Maintaining Your Stove

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