How To Install A Wood Stove
Learn how to install a wood stove and lower your heating bill. Wood is a cheaper fuel than gas and if you get a stove that has a window, it can be more romantic as well. Wood stoves can heat a house as effectively as gas and has the advantage of not requiring power for a thermostat which can be a real advantage in a power outage.
- Wood stove
- Stove pipe
- Stove pipe tape (aluminum)
- Fire brick
- Set down on paper where you want to put the wood stove, and what you want out of the wood stove. Also keep in mind where you are going to put the stove pipe and at what point it is going to go outside. Keep in mind the square footage to be heated in mind when selecting which wood stove will suite your purpose. Write down pertinent measurements.
- Purchase all of the items required to complete your project. If in doubt when purchasing any item, compatibility issues would be one example, ask the sales person. They have access to product information that might not be listed on the product box.
- Clear the area that will be hosting the stove. Be sure to clear enough room to allow for the fire brick, the safety distance from any walls that the stove requires, and enough room to work around the stove during installation.
- If possible the easiest way to install the stove pipe is to use an existing chimney. If that is not an available option, after checking for any wiring that might get in the way, cut your hole through the wall or ceiling to run the stove pipe through.
- Lay down the fire brick where you are going to put the wood stove and up the wall behind if you are placing it near a wall.
- Place wood stove in place on fire brick. Follow manufacturer instructions for optimal performance of your wood stove.
- Run stove pipe through hole in wall. If walls are stone brick or adobe, there is no need to insulate pipe. If walls are wood, a sheet metal box needs to be installed to prevent fire danger from hot stove pipe.
- Attach stove pipe to wood stove. Seal all joints in stove pipe with aluminum stove pipe tape to prevent CO leakage.
- Test stove during day to insure that any leaks can be dealt with before the stove is trusted to function correctly all night.
- Place a CO detector near the stove for early CO detection.