Stove & Pipe Installation
In a cool, wet climate like Eugene, Oregon, there’s nothing like warming the rain out of your bones with a fire. With the conveniences of our modern world, most of us don’t need to use a wood stove to keep our home warm. However, having a stove can reduce energy cost by providing an alternative to gas and electric heating. It can make your energy usage more efficient.
There are several factors to consider before installing a stove or replacing an old one. It is important to hire a professional contractor, such as the Oregon Chimney Guys, who know all the local building codes for heating stoves and have the experience to give you the quality work you deserve.
Placement of your stove
You ideally want your stove to be installed on the first floor of your home where you, friends and family spend most of your time such as the living room. When choosing the location for a stove, it’s important to keep in mind that they require a chimney pipe to expel smoke and fumes. In order to get the most energy efficient heating in a house, make sure the chimney runs along an interior wall.
It should be obvious, but stoves can get extremely hot and the heat can damage nearby walls and furniture. Be aware that the local codes might be stricter than your stove manufacturer’s recommendations. These codes are often available through your homeowner’s insurance company.
Hearth and Wall Protection
A floor mat at the base of your stove is crucial. It should extend 18 inches beyond the stove’s doors and 8 inches around the sides of the stove. A floor mat can be made out of many different materials such as metal, brick or ceramic tile. Protection is also needed on combustible walls near the stove. Installing a metal heat shield on the walls around your stove will reduce the risk of damage.
Chimney Pipe Materials
The fireplace exhaust must be safely routed outside using an insulated steel chimney pipe or a masonry chimney with a liner. A chimney pipe must be insulated because the heat could cause the wall or ceiling to catch fire. Each stove will have a chimney pipe specified by the manufacturer. Not complying could mean that insurance will not cover any loss in case of a fire.
Chimney Pipe Size
Changing the specified size of a pipe for a chimney can decrease energy efficiency as well as introduce safety concerns. It isn’t recommended to make the chimney pipe shorter, except in rare circumstances when the chimney is over 30 feet high. The opposite scenario can also cause problems such as when the pipe doesn’t fit the chimney because it isn’t long enough. If a wood stove pipe doesn’t reach a chimney flue or the pipe size doesn’t fit into the flue, a chimney connector must be used. The safest connectors to resist corrosion are made of thick gauge metal.
Keep the pipes running vertically. Horizontal pipes reduce the flow of air. If there are twists and turns in a pipe, it causes the buildup of creosote or soot.
If you are intending to paint the masonry outside of a fireplace, make sure you use paint that is specifically designed to be near the heat of a fire for extended periods of time. Normal house paint will not do.
Because there are many safety precautions to be aware of and that need to be addressed correctly, call a professional who will provide installation services for you.
Located in Eugene, the Oregon Chimney Guys also serve Springfield and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today!