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Pellet Stove Chimney Installation

Pellet stoves are used as a major heat source in many U.S. homes. They have a storage container called a hopper that holds the pellets and burn-pot area where the pellets are burned. These two parts work together and maintain a desired temperature and needs very little human interaction to keep it constant. All the smoke that is created by pellet stoves must leave the home somehow and in all cases that is through the flue pipe and chimney. Proper pellet stove chimney installation includes proper venting and is crucial to the safe use of the pellet stove.

Pellet stoves can radiate twice the temperature as that of normal stoves while in use. The flue pipes that are used for pellet stove chimneys have to be a special kind to withhold that heat. When purchasing supplies to install the pellet stove chimney make sure that the flue pipe is the double walled type and that the inner part is made from stainless steel. The outer shell of the flue pipe should be made from weather resistant galvanized steel.



The flue pipe installer needs to take care in ensuring that all joints are locked together and sealed with a special high temperature silicone sealant. Doing so will seal any leaks caused by the high pressure that flows through the pellet stove system. Careful calculations need to be taken during the planning stages. Simple angle changes can determine the width of the flue pipe that needs to be used.

After taking all the proper measurements and obtaining the right materials for your pellet stove installation then it is time to determine the proper venting regulations. When doing any home improvement projects or additions to a home, building codes should always be checked to make sure the items are allowed and that they will pass inspection once installed. Different cities and states have different rules and regulations to follow but most closely follow the National Building Codes. Being up to date on your local building codes and The National Building Codes will save a major amount of time and heartache during the building process.

Usually, the normal practice is to use an already existing fireplace chimney when installing a pellet stove. When choosing this method a few extra steps still have to be taken. The structural integrity of the masonry needs to be looked at and inspected closely. Any debris inside should be cleaned, be cleared and if needed a new chimney liner should be installed.

Once the chimney liner has been installed then it can be connected to the pellet stove by either an appliance connection or by a tee. If a tee is chosen it allows for easier cleaning. The guide that comes from the stove manufacturer should always be consulted when making a connection to the stove. A bead of silicone will make the seal complete.

Finishing this step allows you to complete the process of installation and start using your new stove. Filling the hopper with your choice of pellets and getting the fire lit will allow you to curl up in front of your new addition and enjoy a nice evening with family or a good book and board games.

Pellet stoves are a cost effective way to heat a home and in recent years a renewed interest has developed. This has driven pellet stove chimney installation to the highest number in years. They help homeowners to save on heating bills and with their closed front design are a safer option than open front traditional fireplaces.