Stove Installation and Risks
|Let's face it, there are
some inherent risks when you are doing your own wood stove
installation. I want to discuss these aspects that most
people do not think about, because they were just like me, worried
about saving money.
If you don't want to read about the risks and you just want a good
basic wood stove installation guide, check this site
out or read the owners manual
carefully that came with your wood stove.
What we learned after our house burnt down (due to a faulty
installation) will scare you to death or it will challenge you.
Just trust us on one thing, insurance companies want to pin
the fault on someone else and they want that someone else to pay for
the reconstruction of your home.
reading the spec's of
your wood stove you will find out exactly how far to place your stove
from a wall, how thick your pad should be, how much clearance you need
from your roof line, pipe thickness and a host of other things that can
bore you to death.
Lazy Man's Way To Installing
a Wood Stove
single shop we visited
before we purchased our wood stove gave us a list of local contractors
who install wood stoves. From this list we could call and get
bids, make appointments and find out how much experience they really
had installing wood burning stoves.
goal was to get a
contractor to our home, tell us how much it would cost and when they
could do it. We wanted the installation to happen on a weekend and we
wanted it completed in one day. For most contractors
completing in one day is not a problem, but getting them out on
weekends is another story.
we wanted our
contractor to tell us exactly what we needed to purchase in order for
him to complete the installation in one day. This is where
you will need to run back to your local shop and purchase all the
material: ie: chimney pipe, double wall stove pipe, wall transition
Buiding Code Inspector
lot of home owners do not realize that there are specific building
codes that installers must meet. Each county will have their
own codes and it is up to the contractor to meet those codes.
Any contractor that does not have their installation
inspected runs the risk of losing their license. Do not give your
final payment to the contractor without first getting a building
inspector to view your wood stove from top to bottom. They
will find things you have no clue will make a difference in how
efficient your stove will burn, plus the safety of knowing everyone
will be alive if a fire does occur.
link to this
page and head towards the bottom to see what a fire in your home can
building official or
building inspector can be a big pain in the butt however they are there
to help and save you. Double insulation pipes, wall clearance
and all that stuff doesn't mean bo-didly to you now, but if you ever
have to deal with a fire inspector or the insurance company you will be
thankful you had your wood stove and chimney inspected.
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