How to install a wood heater in a shed

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How to install a wood heater in a shed
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Having a wood-burning heater in your shed can be a nice touch in a location that's usually cold and unwelcoming. That being said, a wood heater can be very dangerous without proper ventilation. Technically, this is the type of job that should be done by a professional, but you can install the wood heater yourself. After this project is completed, you may want to contact a professional so they can inspect your work and make sure it was installed safely.

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Things you need

  • 3.5 m (12 foot) Class A Pipe
  • Two Pieces of 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4) Wood
  • Nail Gun
  • Torpedo Level
  • Cordless Drill
  • Metal Flashing
  • Skill Saw
  • Putty knife
  • P Connector Pipe
  • Silicone Seal

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  1. 1

    Determine the desired location for your heater, making sure that it's centred between two rafters. Planning the project is probably the most important step.

  2. 2

    Attach two 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4)s between the rafters on the ceiling as close to directly over the heater as possible. Attach the support box to the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4)s. Screw it in place, making sure that it's level, and leave at least 5 cm (2 inches) of the box hanging below the rafters.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole all the way through the centre of the support box.

  4. 4

    Using a plumb line, drill a hole through the roof directly lined up with the hole in the support box.

  5. 5

    Take your metal flashing to the roof and scribe the hole from the inside of the flashing. Cut a square hole using a skill saw.

  6. 6

    Use a putty knife to slide the flashing under the shingles where only the top of the flashing is not covered by the shingles.

  7. 7

    Run a class A pipe down through the flashing and seal it to the support box. Use a high-heat silicone to seal the pipe around the flashing. The pipe should stick up a minimum of two feet out of the top of the roof with a 3 m (10 foot) clearing radius.

  8. 8

    Attach a P connector to the support box, which will you'll attach and seal to the class A pipe coming in from the roof.

  9. 9

    Run the class A inside pipe from the heater to the support box. Use 45-degree elbow-pipe pieces at the support box P connector and/or the stove if necessary for connection.

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