Wood burning stove pipe effectively flushes out the smoke from your wood burning stove. However, hazard of fire and smoke produced by the stove is uncomfortable for the users in more than one way. A stove pipe takes care of these problems apart from giving a rustic feel to your house. A stove pipe can be purchased from store; however, you can make this simple exhaust mechanism on your own and save money.
Step 1 – Selecting the Material
Depending on your budget, determine what kind of material you will be using for making the pipe. Ideally, steel pipes of 24 gauge to 26 gauge are best suited for this purpose. Primarily, the steel material selected must be strong and should not warp due to heating. You can also choose single or double walled piping material with different finishes for this purpose.
Step 2 – Size Requirements
Another important factor while making the purchase is the gauge or size of the pipe. The pipe should fit the outlet or exhaust of your wood burning stove. Once the gauge of the pipe is determined, next step is to measure the length of the sheet required to make a pipe from the stove’s exhaust to the chimney flue. In this measurement, reduce the length at least by two inches as the 90 degree elbow is about 8 inches tall.
Step 3 – Making the Stove Pipes
Wear safety hand gloves before commencing the work as steel sheets have sharp edges which may cause serious injuries to your hands. Each steel sheet will have a snap-lock seam. Fold the sheet edges and insert one edge into the lock and tighten it a bit. Ensure that the snap-lock is secure.
Step 4 - Attaching the Pipes
First, attach the chimney connector to the chimney flue and fix the stove pipe to it. If the pipe made in earlier step is of sufficient length, proceed to Step 6, else proceed to Step 5.
Step 5 – Connect the Pipes
Connect the subsequent sections of the pipes by squeezing it into the first one after applying a spray of silicone. Screw them together with at least four screws after drilling holes in them. Repeat connecting stove pipes until you reach near the exhaust of the stove. If required, reduce the length of the pipe by cutting it.
Step 7 – Connect the Elbow
The last step is to connect the pipe and the stove exhaust with an appropriately sized connecting elbow.
Important Safety Tips
- Always wear safety glasses.
- A distance of at least 9 inches should be maintained between the stove pipe and the wall. If you have a wooden wall directly behind the stove pipe, it is advisable to insulate both with a 3.5 inch thick brick layer.