How To Vent A Wood Stove

If you’re building your own wood stove or trying to install one, it’s always important to understand the proper codes and safety measures you must follow. In order to ensure the safety of your family and your home, these measures are vital. Not to mention, if it’s not done right the first time, you’ll probably have to spend money redoing it at some point.

One of the most important things you need to know is how to vent a wood stove properly. For a wood stove to work correctly, there needs to be good air circulation. That means you need a pipe that goes from the stove to outside your home. This is needed so air from the outside can be allowed into your firebox. There are a few reasons for this. First, a fire needs oxygen. Too much CO2 and not enough oxygen and your fire will die out too quickly. Venting a stove also helps reduce the amount of creosote that will build up. Creosote and smoke excess can line the stove, creating more of a mess to clean and sometimes harming the long term health of your heating device. Good air circulation keeps it moving. Even more importantly, proper ventilation controls the combustion levels and can help prevent an explosion from too much pressure. Please note that if you are not experienced with this, it’s recommended you consult a professional to make sure you are venting your stove safely. Some insurance companies actually require you use a professional for wood stove installations. So, before you try it on your own, make sure you check with yours.

Adding the stovepipe will complete the cycle. Contrary to what many people think, a stovepipe should not be passed through a window or roof. Instead the steel stovepipe must be attached to a chimney system. When this is done properly, the smoke and gas that is not used for heat will travel out through the chimney as it’s supposed to and the venting process of your wood stove will take in air from the outside in a perfect balance of give and take.