How to Install a Stove Pipe
Running a stove pipe is an important part of any free-standing stove. The pipe connects the stove to a chimney to allow for smoke and fumes to be properly vented outside the home. If you have a wood stove on the first level of a multi-level home, this is necessary to keep your home safe. There are several things to keep in mind. There are several types of stove pipes that can be run through a wall. Here are basic instructions for completing the task.
Step 1: Run from Stove to Wall
Purchasing a kit to complete this is the easiest way to install a stove pipe. You can find these at most stores that specialize in fireplaces. The associates at these stores will also be able to give you the advice you need regarding local regulations. You will want to start by running a pipe from the stove to the wall. A single walled pipe is fine for this part. This will also allow some heat to escape from the pipe, giving you additional radiant heat.
Step 2: Install the Pipe in the Wall
The portion of the pipe that runs through the wall needs to be installed carefully, and following all building codes. This is critical to maintain the safety. Most local codes will require at least a double walled piece for the pass through of the pipe. It's still a good idea to check, because you may need to use a triple walled piece. Once you know which type you need, you can purchase this, measure the length of pipe you need, and cut the length with a strong set of shears. Connect this portion to the pipe you've installed on the back of the stove, and run the pipe through the wall to the chimney.
Step 3: Outside Stovepipe
If you are running the stovepipe up a two-story home, you will want to run the pipe to the exterior wall, and then up to the chimney. This is the safest way to do this. Attach the pipe to the exterior of the wall using heat resistant metal brackets. The brackets will keep the pipe at a safe distance from the wall. In order to determine exactly how far it should be, check with local building codes. You will want to measure enough pipe to allow for the pipe to extend at least 12 inches beyond the tallest part of the roof.
The type of installation you do will depend on the brand and type of chimney you have. It's important to install everything correctly and meet all building codes. If the stove pipe is improperly installed and something happens, the insurance company may deny a claim. Purchasing a kit is also the best way to go. A home made pipe system could cause insurance claims to be denied as well.
Seeking the help of a professional to design and install the stove pipe is the best thing to do.