How to Connect a Stove Pipe to a Wood Stove

by | Sep 26, 2022 | Fireplace

Did you know that between 2014 and 2018, nearly 50,000 home fires were caused by faulty heating equipment?

When using a wood stove to heat your home, it’s important to ensure the exhaust pipe is connected correctly. If not, dangerous fumes can escape your home and create a hazardous environment.

This blog post will discuss how to safely and effectively connect a stove pipe to a wood stove safely and effectively. We will also talk about when it’s time to call in a professional for help!

Choosing Double-Wall vs. Single Wall

Before installing, deciding which type of wood stove pipe you will use is important.

There are two types of wood stove pipes: double-wall and single-wall.

Double-wall wood stove pipes have an inner wall surrounded by an outer wall. There is insulation between the two walls, which helps to keep heat in and improves efficiency.

Single-wall wood stove pipes only have one wall, and they are not as efficient as double-wall wood stove pipes.

Installing the Wood Stove Pipe

Once you’ve chosen the type of wood stove pipe you want to use, it’s time to install it.

If you’re installing a double-wall wood stove pipe, you can get a little closer to the walls, as the double-wall pipe allows for better insulation and reduces the fire risk.

When installing the wood stove pipe, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

If you’re installing a single-wall wood stove pipe, attach it to the wood stove. First, make sure it is at least 18 inches from the wall.

Finding the Right Position

The woodstove itself will have a place to attach the pipe, called a stave.

There should be a lip on the woodstove that the pipe sits on top of. The woodstove may also have an elbow that you can use to connect the pipe.

Once you’ve found the correct position, mark where the pipe will attach to the wood stove.

If you’re using a double-wall wood stove pipe, leave enough space between the inner and outer walls for insulation.

Cutting the Pipe

Once you’ve found the right position, it’s time to cut the wood stove pipe.

If you’re using a double-wall wood stove pipe, make sure to cut the inner and outer walls simultaneously. This will help to ensure a tight fit.

If you’re using a single-wall wood stove pipe, simply cut the pipe to the appropriate length.

Installing the Pipe

Once you’ve cut the wood stove pipe, it’s time to install it.

If you’re using a double-wall wood stove pipe, fit the inner wall onto the woodstove first. Then, fit the outer wall over the inner wall. Make sure to leave enough space for insulation between the two walls.

If you’re using a single-wall wood stove pipe, simply fit the pipe onto the woodstove.

Once the pipe is in place, use screws or bolts to secure it to the wood stove.

Connecting the Stove Pipe to the Chimney

Once the wood stove pipe is installed, it’s time to connect it to the chimney.

First, find the appropriate spot on the chimney. The wood stove pipe should fit snugly onto the chimney, so measure twice and cut once.

If you’re using a double-wall wood stove pipe, fit the inner wall onto the chimney first. Then, fit the outer wall over the inner wall. Make sure to leave enough space for insulation between the two walls.

If you’re using a single-wall wood stove pipe, simply fit the pipe onto the chimney.

The best chimneys are straight up through the roof for easy cleaning and ventilation. However, this is sometimes not possible, depending on the layout of your house. In that case, you’ll need to use a chimney elbow to connect the wood stove pipe to the chimney.

Once the wood stove pipe is connected to the chimney, you’re ready to start using your wood stove!

Testing the Connection

Once you’ve installed the wood stove pipe, it’s time to test it.

Light a small fire in the wood stove and make sure the pipe is drawing the smoke up and out of the wood stove. If you see any smoke coming from the joints in the wood stove pipe, it’s time to call a professional for help!

Chimney vs. Stove Pipe

It’s important to note the difference between a chimney and a wood stove pipe.

A wood stove pipe connects the wood stove to the chimney. The wood stove pipe should be made of non-combustible material, such as stainless steel.

On the other hand, a chimney is made of brick or stone and is used to vent the smoke and gases from the wood stove.

The wood stove pipe should be connected to the chimney, but it’s important to ensure that the connection is tight and there are no gaps.

When to Call a Professional

While it is possible to install a wood stove pipe yourself, we always recommend calling a professional if you have any questions or concerns.

A professional can help you choose the right wood stove pipe for your needs and install it properly. They can also help troubleshoot any problems you may have with your wood stove or wood stove pipe.

Can I Install a Wood Stove Pipe Myself?

Certain parts of a woodstove need to be certified by a professional installer to function properly and not present a fire hazard. The wood stove pipe is one of those parts.

While it is possible to install the wood stove pipe yourself, we always recommend calling a professional if you have any questions or concerns.

A professional can help you choose the right wood stove pipe for your needs and install it properly. They can also help troubleshoot any problems you may have with your wood stove or wood stove pipe.

Get Your Wood Stove Today

Now that you know how to connect a wood stove pipe to a wood stove, it’s time to get your wood stove!

We carry a wide variety of wood stoves, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.

Please stop by our store today and speak with one of our experts about which wood stove is right for you. We can’t wait to help you start your wood stove journey!

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