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What brand stove pipe do you use and why?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by CHeath, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. CHeath

    CHeath Member

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    Im re-doing my stove for next season. The pipe is the standard China 24 guage from lowes. If this is good enough then thats fine but if there is something out there better then id like to know. My friend Badfish has helped me alot with his set but I wanted to make sure that I was not missing out. Ive search and found a few different options but I trust you guys more than anything.

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    If you're using single-wall, I would not recommend using anything but 22 Ga. welded-seam connector pipe for a wood stove. It's got about .03" more on a side & will hold up longer than 24 ga. You're putting fire in your house. You should probably do it as safely as you can. Brand to brand doesn't vary that much, at least for single-wall connector. I've always used Heat Fab, because that's what the owner of the company stocked. For double-wall connector, we used Excel Ultra Black...HTH
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  3. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    We now have single wall Heat Fab 22 g welded seam.
    Like Daksy says, this is fire in the house. I didn't like the thought of the snap together stuff, so I got rid of it.
    Got it from a somewhat local shop.
  4. CHeath

    CHeath Member

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    Found it

    Thanks
  5. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    if you've got a fire in your stove pipe, you've got larger issues.... there's nothing wrong with 24 ga snap together stovepipe... other than it is miserable to work with. 22ga pipe doesn't conduct the exhaust gasses into the chimney any better than 24 ga...

    and the difference is .006" between 22 and 24
  6. DAKSY

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    Yep. I'm getting bad at math as I age. 22 will STILL outlast 24. I've seen 24 fail after ONE heating season. 22 can last 5 or more. Your home. Your family. Your choice.
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  7. CHeath

    CHeath Member

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    How did it fail?
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Either one (22 or 24 gauge), properly installed, will safely exhaust your flue gases from stove to daylight for many years. I personally prefer the 22-gauge welded seam pipe because I find it easier to work with and install. I found that "snapping together" the seam on the 24-gauge stuff that's sold flat was a PITA directly proportional to the length of the section involved. YMMV. Rick
  9. CHeath

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    Well ill admit I almost lost a finger snapping mine together. Ill go with the good stuff next time. Just for better peace of mind for me.
  10. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Peace of mind for me is ICC Ultrablack Pipe and ICC Excel chimney. Both have lifetime warranty. I've had mine over 8 years, it's like new, and I never worry about my house.
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  11. Trilifter7

    Trilifter7 Feeling the Heat

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    I just installed Selkirk double wall from menards and like it. It fit together nicely, has a thick inner liner and stays fairly cool even with a blazing fire. It also adapts good to most setups
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    colin.p Burning Hunk

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    I had all my stuff installed, so I can't say how easy/difficult it is to work with. However, it is the part of my system I worry the least about.
    When I lived in a trailer (15 years), I used pipe/chimney that would make the Chinese blush, even had a couple of short chimney fires, probably breathed in enough smoke to shorten my life span by a decade. However, with this double wall ICC pipe, it's a non-issue for me now.

    On a side note, I would like to build a better hearth, as the tiles on the hearth pad I bought 6 years ago, are starting to crack. Unfortunately, the floor underneath is wavy and the pressure of me walking on it (I'm rather short for my weight) has cracked the tiles. If I build a better/higher hearth, I am not sure how to shorten the vertical pipe going into the 90. I would hate to have to buy a shorter pipe, that would probably cost a fortune.
  13. DAKSY

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    You may be able to use what's already installed. More often than not, there's an adjustable (aka slip) section of pipe in a DW system, as DW connector is not as easily modified as SW.
  14. colin.p

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    It does indeed adjust, not sure by how much. However, if I redo my hearth, I would like to go up to around 8-10 inches or so. I don't expect that the pipe will adjust that much. I seem to (foggily) remember that a 3 foot section is around $150, but I may be totally off.

    I just measured mine and it is exactly 3 feet, from the stove to the elbow, so if it doesn't adjust short enough, I would need to get a shorter pipe. I will have to think this over carefully.
  15. DAKSY

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    You will have to determine EXACTLY what lengths you have in your slip. If you have 36" in there, it's likely that you have a shorter slip section with a regular length of connector. You can get different lengths of slip to use like this. It greatly reduces the price of the system, if you don't use the UBAF. That adjusts from 68" down to 40". With a shorter slip section (UB6SF, UB12SF or UB18SF) & a regular length, you can get WAY shorter.
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  16. oldspark

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    I just dont get that, I have 24 gauge welded that is a little over 30 years old that looks like new and is going on my old wood burner in the shop, I do have the 22 welded on the summit, the snap together stuff is hard to deal with but should be fine.
    Anyone who has stove pipe only lasts a few years is doing something wrong, I have yet to hear of this happening, yet you see it mentioned on some sites all the time.
  17. CHeath

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    I dont think Ill rest easy with any of it but I want to do the welded stuff.
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    I've said it before...Some people just shouldn't have fire in their homes. They flat out disrespect it & that can be deadly...
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    ICC pipe is warranteed for two 30 minute chimney fires. You can rest pretty easy with it, if you have any idea in the world what you are doing with your stove.
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    I've always use the single wall snap stuff and never had a problem with that said I am add when it comes to the stove I always watch temps and never over heat the stove or flue.
  21. CHeath

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    whats your max pipe temp?

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