How to Install a Wood Burning Stove Pipe

  • 5-10 hours
  • Advanced
  • 150-250
What You'll Need
Stove pipe
Measuring device
Working gloves

An important consideration when installing a wood burning stove pipe is the condition of the chimney. The dimension used to construct the pipe affects the length of the stove pipe to be installed in the flue. There are different pipe gauges that can be fixed. This includes 22, 24 & 28 gauge, the higher the number the lighter the gauge. Select high quality appliances to install in the fireplace, as they will provide effective protection for walls and ceilings.

When making plans to install a stove pipe, pay attention to the chimney’s construction and the type of insulation material in place.

Step 1 – Obtain Quality Stove Pipe

Start by considering the dimensions of the flue, as they determine the size of wood stove pipe to buy. Select high quality single wood stove pipes for chimneys that have an 18 inch clearance from the stove to the surface of the flue.

Buy double wall wood stove pipe for close installations where there is less than 18 inches clearance from the combustion area. The benefit of double wall devices is that they last long.

Step 2 – Clean Old Chimney

Complete the installation on a clean surface. Use a brush to remove dirt, debris and residue from the fireplace. Sweep the walls of the chimney and empty wastes from the wood stove.

Step 3 – Install Stove Pipe

With the new stove pipe in place, make sure that it is fixed so as to run the entire length of the chimney. An efficient stove pipe should be a few inches smaller than the exhaust of the stove’s exhaust opening.

Step 4 – Check the Height

Make sure that the stove pipe is of the correct length. Do not attempt to affix a shorter pipe, as it might lead to poor draft. Installing a pipe with the correct length supports optimum draft and enhances the performance of the chimney.

Step 5 – Check Horizontal Stove Pipe

The best way to install a stove pipe is by fixing it in a vertical position. This enhances its function and encourages good draft. A good consideration is to create a hole through the roof instead of running the pipe through windows or walls.

Another factor that can be considered when installing a stove pipe is attaching it so that it runs in the interior of the home rather than outside. This increases energy efficiency and prevents loss of too much heat. Installing stove pipes using this method allows heat to remain in the home instead of being lost to the environment.

Step 6 – Enhance Efficiency of the Fireplace

Consider installing a vent to the exterior of the chimney. This improves draft and the efficiency of the furnace. Keep in mind that introducing turns and twist on venting systems diminishes their performance. Make them as straight as possible. This also deters build up and accumulation of tar, soot and creosote.