Many people are concerned about the increasing costs of oil and gas, which consequently increases their monthly heating bills. One way to reduce these costs is by installing a wood stove. These are relatively cheaper and can be operated by using low-cost fuel options such as firewood, pellets and other biodegradable materials.
Though wood stoves are a cheaper option, they need to be used with great care and caution as a small error can prove very costly, personally as well as financially. Hence, it is extremely essential to install these wood stoves in a very systematic and safe manner. Several wood stoves come with manuals and booklets on how to install them in the right manner.
The first and the most important step is to decide upon an appropriate location for the wood stove. It should be a place where it can be conveniently accessed and used by the customer. It should be far away from combustible surfaces such as furniture, carpets, wallpapers, and curtains. Some companies conduct independent lab tests for determining proper distance of the wood stove from other articles and recommend it in their manuals.
After determining proper spacing from all combustible items, the stove has to be connected to the chimney pipe, which collects all the smoke that is emitted by the burning of wood and other fuels. Wood stove manufacturers give certain recommendations in their manuals for the installations of chimney pipes. They recommend a twenty-four-gauge pipe for most chimneys. The innermost lining of the chimney has to be of stainless steel in order to withstand the high stove temperatures.
The most convenient and preferable location for the installation of the chimney is the center of the house. The stove serves a dual purpose of cooking the food and using the excess heat energy to heat the house. Customers have the option of installing wood stoves with the help of professional installers or they can do it themselves by referring to the product manual.