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Multi fuel stove

We want a multifuel stove installing in our sailaway narrowboat, does the chimney have to be double skinned as I've heard new boat fires have to be double skinned .

Asked by: Vince Sherlock  | 4.41pm, Wednesday 7 November


WW says:

The flue fitted to a narrowboat multi-fuel stove does not have to be an insulated double skin type; however for a new installation it would be best to fit the stove according to BS 8511:2010 which does include an insulated flue. If the flue is un-insulated it needs to be at least 3x the diameter away from combustible material such as the cabin lining. Fitting a heat shield on the walls by the stove with an air gap is also essential.
There is a great diagram illustrating all the important points for fitting a stove that will be as safe as possible to the British Standard here: http://www.soliftec.com/boat%20stoves%201-page.pdf

Rupert Smedley  | 6.18PM, Wednesday 7 November

The guide Rupert says is very useful, especially with the air gap. One other thing to consider is as far as possible, ensure the stove is mounted to port, rather than starboard, as this will reduce the chance of striking (and loosing) the chimney by overhanging branches when you pass other boats- one reason that working narrowboats had the stove to port.
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Also, if you can mount the stove away from the forward (or back) doors, this will be useful as it helps distribute the heat better, and also if the stove does over heat, it won't block an escape route. In addition, a stove by the front door can lead to people (often guests of the owner) grabbing the (hot) flue by mistake as they stumble into the cabin, causing burns.

Mark Langley  | 10.28AM, Thursday 8 November


Readers say:

Thank you for your help and advice it gives me something to work to .

Vince Sherlock  | 8.35AM, Thursday 8 November

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