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All heating appliances that produce heat from the combustion of carbon based fuels such as gas, oil and solid fuels including wood stoves, require enough fresh air from outside for complete combustion and to enable the flue/chimney to function correctly to remove the combustion products safely to the outside.
Do I Need A Vent?
There are a number of scenarios that may happen if you don’t have a vent or adequate ventilation to the room that your fire, stove or appliance is operating in.
No! From the obvious reasons for a healthy lifestyle you still need fresh air to circulate around dwellings.
One of the main three ingredients for any fire is oxygen! Without a source of air the fire will not light properly, and the chimney will have no means of drawing heated gases up as there is no air being drawn in at the bottom.
Most Stoves and appliance actually need air flow to travel over, under and around them to transfer their heat.
Each solid fuel burning appliance requires a certain amount of airflow to function correctly. This amount is either specified by the manufacturer, or guidelines are set out in the building regulations (to be complied with). Having a drafty house and windows with vents isn’t a means for fueling the fire.
You will need have a proper vent installed in the room of the appliance to the required size specifications! This however does not mean you have to put it over the other side of the room, or behind the seating area. A well planned vent for a room with an appliance or fireplace can be placed to cause no disruptions or draughts when properly installed.