The safety of wood stoves is a major concern for most people. To gain a better understanding into the operations of a wood stove, we have broken down the components with tips on installation, venting and chimneys. Below are recommendations and methods which you can adopt to ensure you have an efficient warm home in the winter season.
Safety Installation of Wood Burning Stove
All wood stove parts need a specific minimum clearance between the top, bottom, sides, front and back of the stove. A fire can be caused when there is close exposure to the combustibles due to the insufficient clearance which affects the production of heat.
With installation clearance can further be reduced from the normal 36 inches to the normal UL-listed manufactured instruction. There are lowered dimensions part of the heat shield installation which is nearby the combustible wall.
Wood Burning Stove Chimney
There needs to be fitting of the requirements for the wood stove chimney for either UL-Listed, masonry of factory built. It is highly recommended not to use an unlined, single brick chimney must can be used for the wood stove. There is close deterioration that is associated with the single brick chimneys that allows for the potential damages from taking place.
The double brick system is a common feature with the unlined chimneys which are common in most old homes. The wood stove can make use of this after carefully going through a check for any cracked mortar or missing brick. There is the rating of the Underwriters Laboratory for the metal sleeves which are part of the chimney lines which specifically designed for.
Ventilation for Wood Burning Stove
The venting for the wood stove is an essential part of the wood burning system. Over 90% of all fires caused are as a result of the venting system. The chimney is not an inclusive part of the venting system but it consist of length 24 gauges which are heavy specially when connected to the stove, this calls for the need of an efficient chimney.
There is the need for a short vent which can be measures in terms of 3 right angle elbows. There are a number of wood stove parts which are put together with the male ends each facing towards the stove in an upward manner. The stovepipe sections must be fastened while using sheet-metal screws or making use of a fastener. There is the overlapping of the seams which faces up as part of the inclined runs.
Stovepipe clearance is an important aspect for the maintenance. Additionally, the stovepipe should not be passed through either an interior wall, and floor or ceiling. Rusting of elements will occur when the chimney is replaced with the stovepipe. This is the need for the linking of the UL-Listed or insulated stovepipe.