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How to Vent a Wood Stove

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    LESLIE: David in Tennessee, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

    DAVID: Yes, ma’am. I was wondering, I’m fixing to install a wood-and-coal heat in my home; a stove. And the options that I have is either build a flue outside of the home and go that way or the triple-wall pipe that goes through the roof and out the roof.

    And I was wanting to know, are they safe and how long would they last? It’s triple-wall, stainless-steel pipe.

    TOM: Yeah and that’s the standard way to vent a – any type of a fireplace or a wood stove that goes through a building today. And yes, they are safe as long as the installation is put in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association guidelines. So you have to be very careful about the install. But if it’s done correctly, it’s completely safe and it’s the way to go.

    DAVID: So you just don’t run the pipe through your ceiling, into the attic and through the roof?

    TOM: You do it in accordance to those guidelines. It’s not a do-it-yourself project, if you’re just getting started with this.

    DAVID: Oh.

    TOM: You need to make sure you follow the directions. There’s specific instructions on how the pipe goes together and how much distance it has to have between itself and anything that can burn and so on. So, it’s not a starter project, David, but it is definitely the right way to go and it’s what’s very standard now in the industry.

    DAVID: Oh, OK. Well, that was what I was worried about. I just didn’t want to burn myself out.

    TOM: And we don’t want that to happen, either. That’s why we want you to get a pro to help you with that part of the job.

    David, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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