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Multi Fuel Stoves

I am going to fit a multi fuel stove to my narrow boat, and i need to find out all the regulations such as fire retardant wood and other lining materials etc that i should use. Is there a leaflet or book that i can read on the subject

Asked by: david lee  | 4.14pm, Monday 25 October

WW says:

If you Google 'BSS solid fuel', You will find a number of references to this subject. Several are from the BW Boat Safety Office which has published advice on the installation and use of solid fuel stoves in the last two or three years. If you want any more detailed information, give them a call.
Speaking personally, I would not install a stove that is too big for the space it is in. If you do this, there is more chance that you will put too much fuel on which may overheat the surrounding parts of the boat. You will also find it more difficult to control as it will be operating with less than the optimum depth of fuel.

Graham Booth  | 4.44PM, Monday 25 October

If you want even more, detailed advice (though much of it is very "technical speak") then, from Feb 2010, there is a new British Standard code of practice for installation of solid fuel appliances aboard boats- which the recent BSS code of practice is based on- however, most stove suppliers should (!) be familiar with its contents.
The standard is BS 8511:2010 "Code of practice for the installation of solid fuel heating and cooking appliances in small craft"- however, at £142, its a bit steep, so consulting a stove supplier is the best route forward- and following Graham's advice about not having too big a stove- it is surprising how little heat a narrowboat requires (around 3KW maximum) to maintain a decent temperature in freezing weather!

Mark Langley  | 11.28PM, Monday 25 October

The key element to consider when fitting a stove is the surrounding surfaces. Not only must these be fire retardant such as ceramic tiles etc, but they should be fitted onto fire retardant board (eg cement based). The standard also recommends a small air gap between this board and any combustable material (eg plywood), the gap should be designed with gaps top and bottom so that there is an air flow.
Care should be taken in the design of the flue pipe so that the risk of touching it inadvertantly is miminised, and it is well away from any combustible material.

Rupert Smedley  | 12.47PM, Monday 8 November

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