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Topic - Backboiler stove replacement advice

Ben Sharp - on 03 Aug 2014

I'm going to have to replace my solid fuel stove before the winter and wondered if anyone had a rough idea of what the additional costs may be (excluding the actual price of the stove). I think it's been in for about 20 years and hasn't been touched/serviced in 13 years. It's built into the wall and runs the central heating and hot water.

I know roughly how much the stove would be to replace (gulp) but wondered if anyone had an idea of what additional costs might be, i.e. replacing the flue, anything that might need doing to the central heating system. I know that's probably a bit of a difficult question to answer without an inspection but any advice is much appreciated.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'll have to pay someone else to install it but would be interested to hear of anyone that's done one before. I've done easier DIY jobs on my own like new kitchen/bathroom installations and basic masonry work but never touched the central heating system and it seems quite intimidating. Perhaps there are parts of the job I can do myself to keep the costs down.

Finally, how would I go about having someone inspect the whole system before I made my mind up on what to do. Is any heating engineer able to do that or should I be looking for someone who deals specifically in solid fuel heating? I have no idea about this but I'd really like someone to come and have a look at the whole system, inspect the chimney, stove and central heating and give me an idea of what condition it's in.

Many thanks for any advice,

Ben
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