Properties most at risk:
Old properties with deep thatch, particularly those constructed pre-1960, are incompatible with the installation of modern wood burning stoves particularly in traditional chimney breasts. In some at risk properties there is no safe way to use a wood burning stove; choose an alternative, open fire, oil, gas or electric enclosed fire. In thatch a fire, once alight, is almost impossible to control. Chimney fires are high risk for properties with a thatched roof, but for all wood burning stove users there are common sense preventative actions that can be taken.