Can You Have a Log Burner Upstairs? (or in a Flat)

Log burners have been around for centuries, and they’re still one of the best ways to heat your home. They use wood logs as fuel and are controlled by a damper, which lets you control the airflow through the firebox.

But can you have a log burner upstairs? You can have a log burner upstairs if it’s connected to your chimney, well ventilated and installed on a non-combustible hearth.

As the logs burn, they release heat that is distributed throughout your home via flues or ducts. You can also add water to your logs before burning them in order to create steam that will heat your home even more effectively.

Lighting log burners are great because they provide lots of warmth without using electricity or gas.

They’re also super-efficient: once you get one going, you won’t need to add any more fuel for hours. Plus, they create an amazing ambience in your home—and who doesn’t love that?

They can incredibly beautiful, and are available in a variety of styles – so they fit right in with any type of decorating style you might have going on.

They can also add value to your home when it’s time to sell!

Here is a good option for an electric log burner that you won’t have problems with putting on a second story?

Klarstein Electric Fireplace, Electric Log Burner Indoor, 2000W Electric Fire Free Standing Flame Electric Fire Place with LED Flame Effect, Fake Fireplace, Remote Control, Adjustable Thermostat Timer

Can a Log Burner Fully Heat a Second-Story Building?

Yes, log burners can heat a second-story building. Heat rises, meaning the heat evolved from the log burner will inevitably make its way up to the second floor.

However, it’s important to note that the second story will likely not be as warm as the first story.

Heat is inevitably lost to the surroundings as it makes its way up and through your home. Furthermore, the heat from a log burner can be very localized (if you don’t have a network of flue pipes installed), meaning it will often only provide considerable heat for the room in which it’s located. 

If you have a second-story loft or bedroom, for example, you may want to consider installing an additional heat source in those rooms.

Can You Have a Log Burner Upstairs?

Which brings us to our next question…

Can You Have a Log Burner on a Second Floor?

Yes, in short, there’s nothing to stop you from installing a log burner in the second story of your home. There are obviously a few important things to consider, some of which may prove impractical:

1. In order to have a wood burner on a second floor in a building, you’ll need to make sure that it’s connected to your chimney (may be difficult in most buildings from a second storey) and that your chimney is in proper working condition, and is properly insulated and ventilated.

2. The log burner would need to be installed on a non-combustible hearth. The upstairs floorboards would also need to be compliant with non – combustible regulations, and work would need to be carried out where necessary.

3. Upstairs rooms can be more enclosed, and less open to regular airflow and ventilation. In order to protect against the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, care would have to be taken to ensure the upstairs space is well-ventilated.

Can You Have a Log Burner in a Flat?

Similar to conservatories, it is possible to install a log burner in a flat, but certain requirements must be met. Permission from the landlord or management company should be obtained first. A professional installation, adhering to building regulations, is crucial.

A suitable chimney or flue system must be in place, and proper ventilation must be ensured. Smoke control areas may require DEFRA-approved stoves like this one:

NRG 5KW Eco Design Stove MultiFuel Cast Iron Fireplace Portable Defra Approved

Safety measures, including a carbon monoxide alarm and regular maintenance, are mandatory. So as long as all this is satisfied you can have a wood burner in a flat.

Here is a cheap carbon monoxide alarm that will do the trick.

Kidde 5DCO 10 Year Life Digital Display Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Log Burner Upstairs

If you’re still interested in installing a log burner upstairs, just make sure you get a building inspector to have a look first and determine if it would be safe.

Additionally, make sure you get a professional to carry out any of the required work/installations.

Can You Put a Log Burner Anywhere?

Yes, in theory, you can install a log burner anywhere in your home. However, in practice you might find it extremely difficult to install a log burner in certain rooms in your house. Especially if its semi-detached..

You’ll need to make sure that these rooms have chimneys or flue pipes that connect to your home’s main chimney, or directly to the outside.

wood burner in athatched cottage

Otherwise, you might struggle to keep carbon monoxide levels low enough to meet safety standards—and this could be dangerous for everyone who lives in your home!

Just invest in a good carbon monoxide alarm to avoid this.

In general, the best place to put your log burner is in the living room or kitchen. This is because the majority of the heat produced by a log burner will go towards heating these rooms and areas that tend to be the busiest.

Living rooms and kitchens are also often open enough and safe for a log burner installation.

If your installation is compliant with everything outlined in the previous paragraph, you should be completely fine putting a log burner anywhere in your house.