How to Connect a Black Stove Pipe to a Wood Stove

Updated February 21, 2017

Stove pipes are necessary for proper wood stove functioning. If the pipe is not properly connected, leaks will occur and smoke will enter the living area. The black pipe is not designed to run all the way outside, but only to attach the stove to the chimney or the insulated silver pipe. Because black pipe is not insulated, it cannot be run through a wall without creating a fire hazard.

Inspect the connection of the black stove pipe to the chimney or insulated silver pipe. It should be securely attached with screws properly in place.

Observe the joints between the horizontal black stove pipe that protrudes from the chimney, the vertical black stove pipe that will connect to the stove, and the L-shaped piece that connects the horizontal piece to the vertical piece. All joints should be firmly seated.

Search for holes or excessive rust on the black stove pipe. If you find any, the pipe must be replaced.

Observe the inside of the black stove pipe and make sure nothing is inside it.

Place the flange of the black pipe inside of the hole at the top or back of the wood stove. Make sure it is seated properly.

Line up the holes that go through the flange on the wood stove with the holes in the flange of the black pipe.

Put a self-tapping metal screw into each of these holes and tighten the screws with a screwdriver.

Climb onto the roof and shine a flashlight down the chimney to check for blockages.

Test the connection of the stove to the pipe and the pipe to the chimney by building a small fire in the wood stove. If the smoke comes billowing out into the room, there may still be a blockage in the pipe or the chimney.

Open the wood stove door slightly to create a strong draft up the chimney. Once this draft is established, which should only take a few minutes, close the door.

Inspect the black stove pipe for any smoke leaks or unusual occurrences while the fire is burning. Be careful not to touch it--because it is not insulated it will get extremely hot when the stove is in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Flashlight
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