How do you move heavy stove into place ?

Kent Rogers

New Member
Nov 20, 2020
2
California
Can any of you give me insight into how you (or your installer) move a heavy stove into your home and into place ? I see something like the "Woodstock Fireview" weighs 485lbs. That's more than a couple folks can just shuffle around. Any insight would be very helpful, thanks.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,216
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Friends.

Beer.

Pizza.

Combine in equal ingredients . . . more or less.


Other folks have also used dollies, moving rugs, moving straps or lightening the stove by removing bricks or other easily removed items. I still find the aforementioned use of friends, beer and pizza to work quite effectively.
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,091
Eastern Central PA
If you have an appliance cart with straps ,that works,mines rated to 700lbs. Or a couple of furniture dollies on wheels like you find at Harbor freight for $10.
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
22,507
central pa
I just use the stair climbing stove cart. Hahaha.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,041
Palmyra, WI
I used an appliance dolly.
Backed the truck to the back door, planks off the truck to the house, plywood on the floors to roll on, tilted it down onto the hearth pad.
Get a friend to help guide and steady the thing. I did it by myself, but could have used someone to hold it steady, and to lower it into position. The center of gravity can be a bit high and unwieldy, and tilting it up or down can be a bit of a strain. I did it ok alone, but help would have been a wise choice.
 

Gearhead660

Feeling the Heat
Dec 20, 2018
454
Southern WI
+1 for the appliance dolly. Remove anything possible to lighten up. A friend on the other end to assist with stairs, if any.
 

Woody5506

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2017
814
Rochester NY
My T5 weighs over 500 lbs. Three of us got it into place easy enough, up onto my hearth which is maybe 8" high. It wasn't really as hard as I had anticipated.
 

Dustin

Minister of Fire
Sep 3, 2008
590
Western Oregon
The force.

This is the way.


JK I paid someone this time. Prior houses it was all muscle and then back pain for days after.
 
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,972
South Puget Sound, WA
Two men and a boy moved our heavy T6 in place. Use your head, not your back. If possible, ratchet strap the stove to an appliance dolly. Once it has wheels on it, it is much easier to move.
 

andym

Member
Feb 6, 2020
228
Hicksville, Ohio
Wheels under it like others mentioned. You can improvise rollers by using a few sections of dowel rod, plastic pipe, or similar. Rollers work better than just about anything, but limits you on manuverability. Disassembly to reduce weight can be a fun way to learn how your new stove is made!
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,234
07462
When I brought my BK princess in I had a special tool called a "big Bryan" throw in a 12pack of bud light and the big Bryan scooped that stove up and gently set her in place after ripping it off the pallet and turning the pallet to a tooth pick like consistency.
In all seriousness, when moving heavy objects like a wood stove, its best to first layout your path, some people have rented dolly's or appliance hand carts, others were able to get the stove into the house then slide the stove on 2 sheets of cardboard so the floors dont get marked up.
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,287
Northern Maine
By myself I moved the insert from the back of my pickup onto the front porch. Raised it one step into the house onto a four wheel dolly using a floor jack. Rolled it over my protected wood floor in the living room used padded drop cloths and 1/4” plywood.
Detached it from the pallet then grabbed 2 step ladders, a 4x4, come along and a 1/2 drive 12” extension. Put the extension into the smoke outlet hooked it and picked it up. Slide out the pallet and lowered it onto the floor.
 
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brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
5,506
NE Ohio
moving rugs
Is this actually a thing?
It did get me to thinking though...if one needed to move the stove across finished floors (like not concrete) you could have the stove sitting on some plywood, to spread the weight out more evenly, the plywood laying on top of a piece of large scrap carpet, face down, would probably slide easily on wood, tile, or laminate floors...a "roadway" made from large pieces of cardboard might allow things to slide across carpet better (but, it might be a crapshoot as far as if the cardboard wants to slide on the floor, or the stove "sled" slide on the cardboard?)
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
780
MA
Glad my little Lopi was a bit under 300 pounds. Remove just over 60 pounds of bricks. Around 220 pounds to move. Did it myself with a hand truck from Lowe's.
 

Prof

Minister of Fire
Oct 18, 2011
502
Western PA
Glad my little Lopi was a bit under 300 pounds. Remove just over 60 pounds of bricks. Around 220 pounds to move. Did it myself with a hand truck from Lowe's.
I agree, take off anything you can of any weight--bricks, door, and in my case the baffle system. Not sure how easy it is to take the door off your stove, but with mine it just lifts off. I don't have to worry about breaking the glass and it gives me another place to get a good grip. At least one other person, preferably 2-3, that can handle some weight is a plus but not necessary. Like others have implied, slow and purposeful execution of a plan is preferable to the opposite. The better the planning, the less people you need. For instance, the last time I moved my stove, me and my 10 yr old daughter managed it. I had a furniture dolly from harbor freight, some plywood, 2 X 4s, cardboard, and a solid plan for my situation.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,937
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I guess your popular at the local pubs by you?
Just my hands apparently! We don’t go to bars. Too old for that.

Remember that you’re not lifting the stove so weight doesn’t matter that much. You’re maneuvering it. Rocking it to one side to shove dunnage under it. Sliding it. Rolling it. If there is a dead lift required then it’s time to stop and think about better ways or get several people for that step.