Guide to Installing a Woodstove

Guide to installing a woodstove, including building code requirements, moving heavy heaters, proper chimney installation, clearances, connections and working with sheet metal.



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Woodstove installation is not a trivial task. Without a collection of self-sacrificing friends and/or a stove lift, hefting a 500-plus pound chunk of metal and masonry is likely to earn you a season ticket to the chiropractor.
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Fig. 1 Stove lift
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Fig. 2 Rolling a stove on PVC pipe
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Fig. 4 Stainless stell reliner
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Fig. 5 Masonry reliner
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Fig. 3 A safe masonry chimney
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Fig. 6 Factory chimney
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Fig. 7 Clearances to combustibles
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Fig. 9 Fiberglass insulation pass-through
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Fig. 10 Factory built pass-through
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Fig. 8 Stovepipe heat shield
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Fig. 11 Double-wall chimney pass-through
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Fig. 13 magnetic hex-head driver and self-tapping screw
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Fig. 15 Direct connection
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Fig. 14 Star drill and hammer
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Fig. 12 Clay liner pass-through
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Fig. 16 Aviation snips
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