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BS EN 13240:2001 +a2:2004 Roomheaters fired by solid fuel - Requirements and test methods (Incorporating corrigenda September 2003, June 2006 and August 2007)

Up-to date information, and printed copies, can be purchased from National Standards Organizations, such as: BSI or NSAI, or your local library may offer online access at no direct cost to you. See also Test Laboratories, Standards and CE Marking.

This is the main European Standard for room-heating solid fuel stoves, with or without boilers, including those which can be operated with the door open. It covers freestanding appliances and inset (built into the wall) ones only where they can be installed without special modification of their setting. Other types of inset heater are covered by EN 13229. It is not applicable to appliances with fan assisted combustion air.

Typical stove

Among other provisions, it lays down that stoves must be:

Soundly constructed
Have means of cleaning their internal flueways
Be provided with a glove or tool for handling hot surfaces
When operated according to the manufacturer's instructions, have an Efficiency of at least 50% and CO emission <1%
Need refuelling no more than every 45 mins. on wood, 1 hour on mineral fuels (intermittent use)
Be capable of burning unattended for 10 hours on wood, 12 hrs on mineral fuel (if for continuous use)
Be marked with a label showing the maker's name or mark and the model, plus the following performance data:
- output to space and to water
- CO emission at 13% oxygen
- maximum water operating pressure (if applicable)
- minimum clearance distances from combustible materials, in mm
- whether or not for use in a shared flue;
- whether for continuous or intermittent operation.

For an initial assessment of whether a stove conforms to this Standard, Soliftec offer a EN 13240 Checklist

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