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Install wood burner?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by buildafire, Aug 28, 2006.

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  1. buildafire

    buildafire New Member

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    Dear Sir,
    I am sorry to bother but we tyring to find the answer to a really simple
    question i.e. Can we isntall a wood burner in our home. Tye are still unusal
    here and we dont have a chimney. Can we simply drill a hole in the wall of
    our brick home and staill a woodburner and a flue? Surely theres more to it
    than that?

    I am sorry to ask such a daft wuestion but have been surfing for hours now
    and no one seems to answer that one!

    Cheers
    Clarewibble


    Can you be a little more specific? The simple answer is... maybe. Where do you live? What is outside the brick wall? What is above the location you want to put the hole? What kind of roof do you have? What kind of wood burner are you thinking of puting in?

    Those are just a few questions that need to be answered...

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  2. clarewibble

    clarewibble New Member

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    What is outside the brick wall? garden! The living room wall backs onto the garden

    What is above the location you want to put the hole? in the house above the living room is a bedroom. outside - nothing!

    What kind of roof do you have? triangular and tiled

    What kind of wood burner are you thinking of puting in? eek - uhm not sure! Would photos help?

    thanks heaps!
    Clare
  3. buildafire

    buildafire New Member

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    The reason I asked where you live is that in the US (I've figured out you're not in the US) we have to install EPA certified appliances. I recommend you install one as well, as they are much cleaner burning, save you fuel, and are safer than older uncertified stoves. As far as what is outside the brick wall, If there is a gas service meter outside, you need to be away from it by at least three feet (in the US). I think garden is considered non-exposive, so you're safe. If there is a bedroom upstairs, does it have a window? Class A chimney pipe is very pretty, but it blocks the view... If your roof overhangs your house, you could be cutting into it to get the chimney up through the overhang - and tile roofs are not that fun to cut. Getting back to the beginning, the answer is leaning more toward yes than maybe... You will need the correct stove connector pipe, wall thimbles, Class A chimney with T and supports, wall straps, maybe a roof support, and a cap at the least. If you have a local hearth professional, I recommend that you visit them with either pictures or a drawing... If not, you're stuck with us... Sorry.
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    Dear Clare,

    Good advice by Bill. If you can figure out what kind of unit you have, you could try the manufacturer's website and look up the product manual. US & Canadian manufacturers all have manuals on their websites. Even if your local building codes are different, it will give you a starting point of the type of venting installations that are possible.

    Just don't start cutting holes in your wall until you have good information on what's legally required. :)
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