Advice on small-space / tight clearance stove options

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TheFourPines

New Member
Jul 20, 2021
3
Nowthen, MN
Greetings all! We just bought a farmhouse in Minnesota and unfortunately, it doesn't have a fireplace or wood burner. How in the world someone could build a house here and NOT include one, I'll never understand.

Our available space for a wood stove is pretty tight. The chimney will have to exit through the wall with a wall thimble and the correct piping. I've seen that most stoves have a clearance to unprotected combustibles of ~11"-12". Much closer with protected surfaces. I need to be much tighter than 12". I saw a Jotul that had corner clearance of like 3.5" to protected wall. That's much closer to where I need to be.

I have an opportunity to get a gently used Drolet Savanah stove at a great price. This is from the manual:

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Am i reading it right that using that sheet metal and 1" spacers, I can reduce the 12" clearance by 67% to about 4"?

Based on the stove dimensions, my space, and the reduced clearance table above, does this look like a viable layout/install?
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What other recommendations for a smaller stove with tight clearances might work here?

Thanks all!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
26,130
central pa
Greetings all! We just bought a farmhouse in Minnesota and unfortunately, it doesn't have a fireplace or wood burner. How in the world someone could build a house here and NOT include one, I'll never understand.

Our available space for a wood stove is pretty tight. The chimney will have to exit through the wall with a wall thimble and the correct piping. I've seen that most stoves have a clearance to unprotected combustibles of ~11"-12". Much closer with protected surfaces. I need to be much tighter than 12". I saw a Jotul that had corner clearance of like 3.5" to protected wall. That's much closer to where I need to be.

I have an opportunity to get a gently used Drolet Savanah stove at a great price. This is from the manual:

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Am i reading it right that using that sheet metal and 1" spacers, I can reduce the 12" clearance by 67% to about 4"?

Based on the stove dimensions, my space, and the reduced clearance table above, does this look like a viable layout/install?
View attachment 280390

What other recommendations for a smaller stove with tight clearances might work here?

Thanks all!
Where did you get that clearance reduction table from? Is it from the drolet manual?
 

TheFourPines

New Member
Jul 20, 2021
3
Nowthen, MN
In that case yes you are correct. But honestly I would never want a stove that close to the wall it is going to make cleaning and maintenance very difficult
Hoping that it won't be that close once we get it in position and can get a real feel for how it sits. I just want to know the absolute minimums and work up from there.

Thanks
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,572
South Puget Sound, WA
Yes, there are (were?) some Quads that had low rear and corner clearances too.