Installing a multi-fuel stove in a mobile home

Perhaps one of my favourite additions to my new home is our Stanley multi-fuel stove!

Old fireplace

You might remember that our mobile home came with a big, bulky gas fire taking up a sizeable chunk of space in the corner. In my blog post about stripping out the old mobile home furniture I posted this video showing it being taken out:

New fireplace

We’ve installed a 6.4 kilowatt stove and it has made a huge difference to the warmth and comfort of the space. See the lads installing it in this video:

So can you really install a stove in a mobile home?

Every installer I’ve spoken to told me has said the same thing ‘You’re not supposed to do it, but yes, you can do it, and it will be absolutely fine if it’s done correctly.’

Mobile homes have thin, hardboard walls so if they get too hot they will light up in flames. To overcome this, you need to use fireboard (special heat-proof board) to cover the walls around the stove. As you can see in the video, we used a brick-effect fireboard that can be painted with water-based paint.

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You also need to make sure that you have a generous slab of granite that gives plenty of space between the stove door and the floor. This prevents embers and ash from landing onto your floor.

Does it heat the whole mobile?

At the moment, the stove heats the kitchen/living area, the hall and the bedroom. We are yet to hang thermal-lined curtains over all doors and windows, cover up some unnecessary floor vents, and insulate the floor from underneath. After this is done, the stove will be able to heat the entire mobile home.

Cost

The price for our 6.4 kilowatt stove plus all the fittings, pipes, H-cowl chimney and labour came to €1620. All quotes I got came in at €1500 or more. We went with this quote because we were getting an installer with specific experience in fitting stoves into mobile homes, and it included a Stanley stove, which is one of the best (if not the best) makes you can get. We also got 10 bails of briquettes thrown in!

The slab of granite is extra but we were lucky that a family member was able to source it for us as a gift.

What colour should we paint the bricks?

What colour would you paint the bricks? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Stove gif made via Giphy.

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