It's time frames like that that make me ever so pleased we rushed the completion date forward, and missed out on the (three grand) cheaper stamp duty by 10 days.
However, it's given me plenty of time to play around with ideas in my head for the log burner install. I was toying with ideas and options, and wasn't completely set on which route to go down - the self install, or leaving it to a professional.
In my web travels I'd come across the stove fitters manual and spent many an hour sat on the sofa, 'running through in my head' the concepts and ideas needed to go down the self install route. I must give the majority of credit to Julian and his website, because it really is a comprehensive instructional write up of what's needed for each of the various stages of the log burner install. It also has plenty of links to the building regs (which are not only legal requirements, but safety points too). From here on it shall be referred to as 'The Bible o' Fire'
In contrast to this, THIS write up is simply a form of documentation of what I did, the laughs I had, and the hopes and dreams that were realised...by all means follow my lead, but don't take my advice as that of a professional!!
Why go down the self install route?? Well, it's a little bit to do with saving money - this route has saved me at least £700 - £1000, even getting BR to sign it off at the end. but it's mostly to do with learning new skills and using m'noggin. I really enjoy reading technical manuals and such, and learning and utilising new skills (even if I never use them again) is what makes me buzz!