If you have always wanted the feel of wood heat but are stopped because of the complicated installation or labor intense wood cutting chores, think about a pellet stove. They are usually more expensive to purchase than wood stoves but their long term advantages far outweigh the initial costs.
1. Determine if you need to use single wall pipe or insulated pipe. Single wall pipe must be installed at least 18” from any combustible surface, but it releases more heat into your home. Insulated pipe can be installed 2” from any combustible surface, but it releases less heat into your home. You can use single wall pipe up to the ceiling, but you must use insulated pipe through the ceiling, attic and roof.
2. Wood stove pipe can be installed horizontally through the wall or vertically through the ceiling. You should try to keep your pipe as straight as possible, so the vertical method is recommended.
3. You’ll need a ceiling support, flashing, storm collar and cap. These parts can be purchased separately, or in a handy kit. A deflector is also needed to keep the heat off the insulation and rafters in your attic.
4. To help draw the smoke out of your chimney, be sure your pipe goes at least 2 ft. above the peak of your roof. Support bands are available to help secure your pipe if it is more than 4 ft. tall.