Log burner

Kasper

Active Member
Hi, I recently thought of changing direction or adding new skill set to my portfolio and was thinking of starting to actually install the log burners from scratch. I'm thinking of doing a hetas h003 certificate. Anyone here is doing this sort of thing? I've done shed loads of fireplaces this year with fibreboards and I really enjoy the process and it's something different from plastering, plus I know for fact you can make a good money out of it, especially now when gas and electricity is so expensive...
 

algeeman

It’s A Boy
Hi, I recently thought of changing direction or adding new skill set to my portfolio and was thinking of starting to actually install the log burners from scratch. I'm thinking of doing a hetas h003 certificate. Anyone here is doing this sort of thing? I've done shed loads of fireplaces this year with fibreboards and I really enjoy the process and it's something different from plastering, plus I know for fact you can make a good money out of it, especially now when gas and electricity is so expensive...

I've invented dope and alcohol tasting vapes

for kids of course
 

ChrispyUK

Well-Known Member
Hi, I recently thought of changing direction or adding new skill set to my portfolio and was thinking of starting to actually install the log burners from scratch. I'm thinking of doing a hetas h003 certificate. Anyone here is doing this sort of thing? I've done shed loads of fireplaces this year with fibreboards and I really enjoy the process and it's something different from plastering, plus I know for fact you can make a good money out of it, especially now when gas and electricity is so expensive...

@Tinytom
 

Tinytom

Well-Known Member
Hi, I recently thought of changing direction or adding new skill set to my portfolio and was thinking of starting to actually install the log burners from scratch. I'm thinking of doing a hetas h003 certificate. Anyone here is doing this sort of thing? I've done shed loads of fireplaces this year with fibreboards and I really enjoy the process and it's something different from plastering, plus I know for fact you can make a good money out of it, especially now when gas and electricity is so expensive...
Iv been fitting them nearly 10 years now, easy money you need a labourer and scaffolder on hand.
It’s flat out October to March, you can earn 1k to 1800 a day through winter no worries
The hetas course is easy and they advertise for you on their website I get maybe half my customers from there, the rest word of mouth.
This year has been unusually busy and you’ve been able to name your price
I’d say go for it, unless you live in my area
 

Kasper

Active Member
Thanks @Tinytom very informative reply. How long did your course take and how much was it mate if you don't mind asking. I got few ideas for how to grow it to get more customers, I got pretty well established around my area, a lot of cotswold villages with plenty of old cottages so I'm sure I'd be fine work wise. Is there any cons of fitting log burners that you can think of ?

Cheers.
 

malc

TPF Special Forces
Thanks @Tinytom I got pretty well established around my area, a lot of cotswold villages with plenty of old cottages so I'm sure I'd be fine work wise.

Cheers.
Old cottages, they catch fire easy. Why don't you sell them a fire insurance as well?
 

Tinytom

Well-Known Member
Thanks @Tinytom very informative reply. How long did your course take and how much was it mate if you don't mind asking. I got few ideas for how to grow it to get more customers, I got pretty well established around my area, a lot of cotswold villages with plenty of old cottages so I'm sure I'd be fine work wise. Is there any cons of fitting log burners that you can think of ?

Cheers.
It’s a weeks course for the basic qual, then I did extra for wet installations so I can link upto heating systems and I also did an extra day for twin wall chimney installations. Both were worth while, I can’t remember the initial price but it wasn’t cheap and the place I did it has since closed down, there will be others though.
Absolutly no cons of fitting them, you won’t struggle for work throughout the winter. If your in a rural area you’ll get plenty through summer too I do landlords servicing, £85 plus vat per appliance and I can do 7/8 a day if there local and some properties have more than 1 chimney in use
 

Brimstone

Well-Known Member
Like Tinytom, it's my main trade for the last 6-7 years. Pretty much as he says, I don't earn as much mainly due to age and laziness. I don't do wet systems but I do a lot of twinwall internal and external. There's a fair bit of (friendly) competition but a lot of work down south, but rates do vary quite a lot.

HETAS courses and renewals aren't cheap and getting a bit more difficult to pass. I did my first course at the same place as Tom. There is a lot to learn, but it's not difficult, they do lots of technical but don't touch the practical virtually at all. Getting the experience, pricing it accurately, and learning the practical bits to make it easier might be the hard bit.
 

Kasper

Active Member
Thanks guys for the info. I already contacted course centre in Gloucester so might be able to do it soonish. I do like to challenge myself every now and then, even if nothing comes out of it at the end it might be beneficial for something else, I got pretty bored now of just plastering, so I do quite a bit if rendering now to break it up a bit so that would definitely be a game changer. Thanks again for help, I'll keep you updated on how I'm getting on
 

Brimstone

Well-Known Member
Anyone here do dodgy certificates?
asking for a friend
Been asked for that a few times - no fecking way. Thing you have to remember is if you get it wrong building or plastering it can be fixed and no real harm done. Get it wrong installing and you kill someone or harm them for life, and maybe end up in clinky.
I've had one serious investigation, got a clean sheet, but never want to have another.
 
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