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Flue pipe assemblies should be as short and as direct as possible between the stove and the entrance to the chimney. This reduces heat loss and promotes a strong and reliable chimney draft. The ideal assembly rises straight up from the stove flue collar and fits directly into the chimney without elbows or curves. A straight flue pipe assembly allows the most gas flow and results in a stronger draft. Straight assemblies also need less maintenance because there are no corners where creosote deposits can accumulate.
After the Installation Is Completed • Check the installation to be sure that it meets code requirements. • Have your municipal building or fire department inspect the installation. Some departments are reluctant to inspect woodheating systems. In some cases, these departments will refer you to a local WETT- or APC-certified retailer, installer or chimney sweep for the inspection. • Notify your insurance agent. Your insurance company may send someone to inspect your installation. • Install smoke detectors on or near the ceiling at the exits to the room where the appliance is installed.
TO REKINDLE A FIRE FROM HOT COALS – Rake the charcoal toward the front of the stove where the combustion air enters. Place the pieces of wood on and behind the coals. Open the air inlet fully and leave it open until the wood pieces are well charred. This illustration shows how pieces are arranged for an extended fire. With some of the new, highefficiency combustion stoves, you have to alter the procedure slightly. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and experiment a little. For example, some designs require you to make a channel through the ash pit from front to back, underneath the wood.
A Guide to Residential Wood Heating