Guide to Stoves in Log Cabins & House Boats

Whilst log cabins and house boats are generally made entirely of a combustible material, stoves in these structures are relatively straight forward to install providing some simple rules are followed.

Positioning the Stove 

The same minimum clearances of around 450mm are required to a combustible material. A number of options are available to avoid the stove projecting unattractively into the room.

Design solutions

It is not sufficient to use ‘fireboard’ over a timber structure or use a non-combustible covering such as tiles or slate straight over a timber clad wall. Heat will still be transferred through the non-combustible covering. A couple of options are available:

  1. For timber walls use a purpose made Vlaze heat shield panel. Designed with an air gap they prevent heat transference.
  2. Opt for a stove with fitted heat shields or ‘convection panels’. This reduces the distance to a combustible material.
  3. Create a wholly masonry or stone section behind the stove

Chimney design

As most house boats and log cabins are single storey free standing structures, achieving the minimum chimney height is more difficult. 

It is advisable to select a good quality chimney that can support itself above the roofline for 3m. Where there is a problem with performance, a spinning cowl or chimney cube can be added.

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