Woodstove installation type

Woodstove installations can be of several types. One, for free-standing woodstove; another, for fireplace inserts.

Your Pellet Stove is High Maintenance

Contributing Author

Pellet stoves are positive draft appliances using a fan to blow the exhaust up and out the vent.  Because the exhaust is under positive pressure, it is essential to have total containment of the exhaust gases.  This requires having a vent that goes directly to the outside atmosphere like a chimney lining system would do in your masonry chimney or a pellet vent that directly goes outside.  Any joints in the installation must be sealed with high temperature silicone to insure containment.

Burn local wood


Firewood can be an economical and environmentally responsible fuel for heating your home.  Stored solar energy in the form of firewood has historically been humankind’s most available and commonly used fuel.  Nothing beats the warmth of a wood fire on a cold winter’s eve. To help halt the spread of invasive, tree damaging insects, acquire your firewood from local sources.  Firewood cut from fresh trees or trees recently infested by insects and disease can contribute to the spread of pests to nearby healthy trees.  Transportation of invasive insects through firewood enables them to spread and infest more trees.

Odors: woodstove, fireplace, chimney

Todd Woofenden

There are several types of odors that could detract from your enjoyment of the wood stove. Creosote has a very strong, acrid odor, generally much worse in wet weather or in the summertime when the chimney is less effective in drawing the odor up the chimney.

A Listed Chimney Liner Insulation That Doesn’t Work!

Chimney Savers Inc.

What has been brought to my attention is the improper use of poured insulation around stainless steel liners. From my experience, correctly installing insulation mix around stainless steel liners (to get a zero clearance rating) is a next to impossible. Besides the fact that this installation is widely and incorrectly used, manufactures seem to be pushing installers towards this method.


Todd Woofenden

One of the great misunderstandings in the world of woodstoves is how creosote fits into the picture. Contrary to popular belief, creosote is not an inevitable product of wood burning. Creosote forms when wood is burned incompletely, and is an indication of improper use, poor installation, or a poor wood stove design.

Woodstove problems: poor performance

Todd Woofenden

Sometimes it seems that the stove just isn’t working as well as it used to. If there is no obvious problem, such as smoking, catalyst malfunction, etc., but it just doesn’t seem to be doing the job it used to, consider the possibilities in this article.

Woodstove problem: catalytic combustor

Todd Woofenden

If your stove has a catalytic combustor, it is critical that it be in good working condition, as the efficiency of the stove depends almost entirely on the cat. ?  In general, If you have followed the instructions for lighting the stove, waited until it is up to the correct temperature, and engaged the cat, within a few minutes the stove should be burning steadily, with little or no visible smoke exiting the chimney.

Woodstove problem: woodstove gaskets

Todd Woofenden

Gaskets around doors, ash pans, air intakes, or between metal panels of a wood stove are critical to proper stove performance. Leaky or missing gaskets let air in in the wrong place, fouling the burn and often severely reducing burn efficiency.

Woodstove problem: cracked or broken glass

Todd Woofenden

Under normal conditions of use, the stove glass will not crack or break. Causes of glass breakage are varied including that of improper glass installation.

Woodstove problems: warped or broken parts

Todd Woofenden

The metal plates on the inside of the stove are there to protect the outside of the stove from damage. If any of the burn plates becomes cracked or badly warped, replace it. It is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole stove down the road!

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