How to Install a Wood Chimney Pipe
Having a wood stove is a wonderful feeling, but if you have one of these great devices, then you will need to install a chimney pipe in order to send toxic gases out into the atmosphere. Without a good connection, a chimney pipe can leak gases such as carbon monoxide back into a room, and you may become ill through regular use of the faulty pipe. In order to install a chimney pipe correctly, you could pay a professional to come and fit it, or you could try to fit it yourself. If you think that you have enough home improvement experience, and you follow a few simple rules, you should be able to complete this installation without too much effort.
Step 1 - Buy a Chimney Pipe Kit
There are two ways in which you can install a chimney pipe to your stove. The first, and most popular, is to apply a pipe fitting to the back of the stove, and connect this to an already-functioning chimney. Of course, this is not practical in some homes, and the other alternative is to purchase a kit which will take the stack out to the roof of your building. This will involve a roof installation, but this is easily managed if you have the right tools.
Step 2 - Fitting the Pipes
The first thing that you will need to do when installing the pipes is to fit the ceiling bucket. This is a large piece of chimney pipe which has an extended end. Cut a hole in your ceiling to fit the size of the bucket, and then screw it into place using a screwdriver. You can then start fitting the pieces of pipe which go downwards towards the stove. You will then need to attach your stove pipe piece, which will have connections at both ends. Tighten these until they are completely sealed against both the stove and the pipe.
Step 3 - Opening the Roof
Once the pipes have been installed into the stove, you can then build your pipes upwards from the ceiling bucket to the roof. The pipe will have to be secured around every 8 feet. You should then make a hole in the roof, loosening the shingles at the opening, and fitting a vent cap below them. You will also need to have at least 3 feet from the opening in the roof to the top of the pipe, although the pipe opening must also be two feet higher than anything within 10 feet.
Step 4 - Finishing Up
When you have installed the pipe and the vent cap, apply a layer of roofing mastic around the area, and replace any tiles. You should allow for a layer of caulking both inside and outside the place where the pipe penetrates the roof, and also where it penetrates the ceiling. Apply caulking to any screws or nails that you have used to keep the pipe in place, and around the area where the stove connects to the chimney pipe.