A stove pipe is the best alternative for heating the home if you intend to lower your utility bills. Using a stove pipe that burns biodegradable materials such as wood is more environmentally sound and that is why it is an option for people who want to go “green." As energy costs rise, more people are turning to alternative methods of heating their house during the winter. Heating with wood, and especially wood stoves, is one popular method. However, installing a wood stove is not just a matter of poking a hole in your wall to insert your wood stove pipe. Installing a wood stove pipe improperly may cause a house fire. Follow these steps carefully how to safely run a stove pipe through your wall.
Step 1 – Find a Location
Make sure that your stove is located 36 inches away from the wall before you install the wood stove pipe through a wall.
Step 2 – Get the Measurement
Measure your stove pipe and get its diameter. Take that number and multiply by 3 and use that to determine the stove pipe’s clearance from the wall. For example, the pipe’s diameter is 8 inches then the clearance should be 24 inches.
Step 3 – Make a Wall
Make a 3 ½ inch thick wall made of bricks against any combustible wall to which you want to pass the stove pipe. Have 12 inches of space between the combustible and brick walls.
Step 4 – Install the Stove Pipe
Install your stove pipe. Leave 9 inches of air space between the pipe and any material that is combustible. The chimney you purchased must be insulated and must have a UL rating. UL stands for Underwriter Laboratories. This is a company that makes sure that products comply to safety standards. Anything that does not comply with safety standards can be dangerous especially when dealing with matters regarding heating. Low quality products that do not comply or follow safety standards should not even be considered, as this is always the cause of home fires.
Step 5 – Connect the Pipe to the Chimney
Allow at least a 1/2-inch pitch from the wood stove to the connection through the wall. This helps to free the flow of the gasses from the flue. Use sheet-metal screws when you make any connections to the wood stove pipe.