As energy costs rise, more people are turning to alternative methods of heating their house during the winter. Heating with wood, and especially wood stoves, is one popular method. However, installing a wood stove is not just a matter of poking a hole in your wall to insert your wood stove pipe. Installing a wood stove pipe improperly may cause a house fire.
Make sure that your stove is located 36 inches away from the wall before you install the wood stove pipe through a wall.
Measure the stove pipe. Multiply the diameter of the pipe by three and use that number to determine the stove pipe's clearance from the wall. If the pipe is 6 inches, the clearance should be 18 inches.
Build a 3 1/2-inch thick brick wall against any combustible wall through which you wish to pass a stove pipe. Keep 12 inches of space between the combustible and brick walls.
Install a factory-made chimney or stove pipe. Leave 9 inches of airspace between the chimney and any combustible materials. The chimney should be insulated and have a UL (Underwriter Laboratories) rating.
Connect the stove pipe to the chimney with a 24-gauge sheet steel chimney connector. Fit the pipe into a ventilated thimble and add at least 6 inches of fibreglass insulation.
Allow at least a 1/2-inch pitch from the wood stove to the connection through the wall. This helps to free the flow of the gasses from the flue. Use sheet-metal screws when you make any connections to the wood stove pipe.
Things you need
- Chimney or wood stove pipe
- Chimney connector
- Ventilated thimble
- 6-inch fibreglass insulation
- Sheet metal screws