How to Build a Heating Vent for a Firebrick Wood Stove How to Build a Heating Vent for a Firebrick Wood Stove

What You'll Need
Saw
Vent panel
Metal lining
Metal file
Hammer
Chisel
Screwdriver
Power drill
Screws
Wax
Clay
Putty knife
Tape measure
Chalk or pencil

Building a firebrick wood stove is a great way to ensure that your home can always be heated, or to create a focal point that is in keeping with the décor. It is essential to complete the project correctly to ensure that the stove works as it should. Following several steps for the construction process will enable you to build an effective heating vent.

Step 1 – Design

The first step necessary for building a firebrick wood stove is to create the design that you want to achieve. This will enable you to create a guide that you will be able to work from during the construction process. Measure the firebrick wood stove and the area surrounding it so that you are aware of the dimensions that you need for the materials. This step will enable you to gather all the materials that you will need for the construction process.

Step 2 – Plot Vent Position

The next step is to decide on the position that the vent will be placed, which will offer the most benefit. Make sure the firebrick wood stove is off while you are working on it. Hold the vent panel to the wall and trace around it with a piece of chalk. This will determine the point where you need to cut to fit the vent so it is essential for it to be precise.

Step 3 – Prepare Space

A chisel and hammer can be used to begin the process of creating the hole by scoring along the line you have drawn. Once you are in a position to do so, use a saw to cut the material from place. Carefully remove the debris to ensure that it falls neatly along the line and use a metal file to tidy any jagged edges.   

Step 4 – Install Vent

The next step is to install the vent into the firebrick wood stove. Start by fitting the lining into the recess that will act as the exhaust. This will often be part of the vent itself and must fit snugly. Depending on the length of the lining, you may find it necessary to use a power drill to insert screws to hold it in place. This same method can be used to fix the vent itself in place. Alternatively, the relevant holes can be drilled to enable you to manually insert the screws. Use a screwdriver to tightly insert the fasteners.     

Step 5 – Finish

Check for any gaps that may remain after the installation of the vent. Minor defects can be rectified by sealing them up with wax. Larger cracks or gaps will need to be rectified with the use of clay. In both cases, the seal method can be applied by gathering it onto a putty knife and pressing it into the recess. Allow this to set before making use of the stove. 

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