Wood Stove Pipes
Stove pipes are the long cylindrical metal tube that allows air and particulate (smoke particles) to escape. When deciding on the proper wood stove to purchase, it is important to consider which option - venting or vent-free - would work most effectively for your home.
When installing wood stove pipes, consider the following:
- Stovepipes that pass through ceilings, closets or outside a building constitute a fire risk and should be avoided or you need to purchase quality chimney liners to prevent heat and smoke problems.
- Running a stovepipe out a window and up the outside wall of a house is a dangerous practice. Piping can cool more quickly than a prefabricated metal chimney and this creates rapid creosote buildup.
- Be aware of the relative placement of combustive materials within near stove pipes and the wood stoves. A good test is to touch the item close to the stove while the stove is hot. If the material is too hot to keep your hand in place, it is in danger of causing a fire.
- Have a professional inspect or install your stove pipes to meet safety guidelines.
- Have your stove pipes cleaned and inspected annually.
Many wood stove pipes accessories can provide additional enjoyment for your wood burning experience. Metal and porcelain facings, bun and plate warmer additions, temperature gauges, and CO2 monitors are all available for standard and exotic-sized stove pipes.
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