Freestanding Wood Burning Stove Installation- Things to keep in mind

Freestanding Wood Burning Stove Installation- Things to keep in mind

Before we talk about the process of freestanding wood burning stove installation, it is important to talk about what the wood burning stove really is. The wood burning stove is basically a heating appliance that makes use of wood as well as other fuels derived from wood, such as wood pellets in order to provide heat to cooking items. Quite commonly, the standard free standing wood burning stove comprises of a closed fire chamber that is created of a solid metal, such as steel or cast iron, an adjustable control for air intake/ out take and a fire brick base. In order to ensure proper ventilation, there are stove pipes which connected to a flue or a similar chimney, used to remove the combustion gases that get filled up within the stove after the gas ignites within.

In order to make sure that the combustion gases are properly removed in to the atmosphere on the inside, it must be ensured that the chimney or the flue be hotter than the temperature on the outside. Now, all of the common wood burning stoves that are created generally come with an option of a grate, which allows users to use multiple fuels for cooking. Here are the most important things to keep in mind when going for a freestanding wood burning stove installation:


The chimney or the flue must be properly created. There are a variety of different kinds of chimneys available in the market, such as the double and triple wall insulated ‘A’ class chimneys. The common chimney pipe heads upwards straight and allows the combustion gases to escape in to the atmosphere. However, another chimney design is also available, with the pipe first going through a wall and then heading upwards. If the ceiling of your house is slanted, you'll likely require a slanted chimney in order to get the air out in to the atmosphere. Make sure that the height of the chimney is as high as can be, because the taller the chimney, the better it will be. Also, make use of a cap to ensure birds aren't able to enter inside.

Protection for the floor and walls

When going about your freestanding wood burning stove installation, there are two things you need to worry about quite a lot; how to protect the floors and the walls around the stove? In order to protect the floor of your house, why not make use of a concrete slab? You could also make use of bricks or a tiled surface underneath to ensure minimal damage to your flooring. For the walls however, there is a different technique. First of all, make sure that the stove is placed at a distance of anywhere between 8 to 36 inches from the walls. Then, install approved noncombustible materials on the walls, such as a UL approved stone shield or a cement board. You must also install a rear heat shield at the back of the stove.

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