Before you purchase
Safety Advice for Installations of Fireplace Surrounds
Installing fireplace surrounds safely is an important issue. The HETAS team cover important safety tips to consider before installation.
Consumer Guide to Ecodesign and Defra
The HETAS team has put together a simple guide to give you an overview of Ecodesign and Defra Exemption requirements.
Do I need my chimney lined?
One of the most common questions the HETAS team is asked on our helpline. Our useful guide will help you decide if you need a liner.
Are you in a smoke control area? (SCA)
Under the Clean Air Act local authorities may declare the whole or part of the district of the authority to be a smoke control area. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area.
Your Certificate of Compliance
Customers using a HETAS Registered Installer in England and Wales will receive either a HETAS Certificate of Compliance (Building Regulation Compliance Certificate) from the installer on the completion of installation work or through the post if the installer notifies the installation online. Your installer will let you know which method of certification they will be using. You can also order replacement certificates using our self-service search and order.
How to Sweep a Chimney
Sweeping your chimney is a vital part of owning a wood-burning or multifuel stove or fireplace. A regular sweep is essential for getting rid of any deposits or debris that can put you at risk of a chimney fire.
How to light a fire
Lighting a fire can sometimes be difficult and there are countless guides on the internet. Our team has pulled together the best guidance available so you can get it right first time.
The Importance of Chimney Sweeping
In this article the HETAS team look at the importance of chimney sweeping and appliance maintenance as part of Defra’s Clean Air Strategy.
Cold Plug – Winter Safety Advice
An unexpected issue for stove users during winter can be a cold plug in their flue. The HETAS team offers advice to help resolve this problem.
When Should I Get My Chimney Swept?
HETAS recommend that chimney sweeping is best carried out by a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep. This guide talks through how often you need your chimney swept.
Safe Disposal of Ash from Your Stove
HETAS is advising homeowners to safely dispose of ash from their wood burning and multi fuel stoves following a recent carbon monoxide incident and house fire.
Slumbering your stove
Slumber mode is when an appliance is purposely set at a low or minimum output normally for overnight burning to be revived in the morning without the need for relighting. Some mineral fuel burning appliances are designed to operate in a slumbering mode and would be CE type tested to show that they are safe to operate in this manner.
Ready to Burn – What You Need to Know
Ready to Burn legislation came into force in England on 1st May 2021. This new law bans the sale of the most polluting fuels used in homes: wet wood and house coal.
How to Burn Better
To help reduce emissions and improve people’s health, the Burn Better campaign appeals to those with a wood burning stove or open fire in their homes to act now and follow some simple steps to improve air quality.
Need some help?
HETAS is concerned with the safety, technical standard and compliance to Building Regulations of the work carried out by its Registrants.
We do however understand that complaints can arise from time to time. Where concerns are raised, we encourage consumers to first discuss the issues directly with the installer. If you still have concerns or where this is not possible, please get in touch with our helpful team for support.