Installing Pellet Stoves and Masonry Heaters
Pellet stoves and masonry heaters have become big sellers for families across the country, especially for people living in colder climates. While both of these units are exceptional when it comes to heating a home, the installation must be done right to ensure total efficiency and safety. In this article, we wanted to address each, providing you with some helpful tips.
First, masonry heaters work different from a masonry fireplace. In this case, the heart of the heater, which is made of a heat exchanger and firebox, designed with precast components constructed out of brick materials capable of handling high temperature. When you shop for a masonry heater, you will notice the assembly is done by a professional mason. This means the assembly of the heater, as well as the finishing materials, which are stone, tile, or brick, are also high quality to meet specific fireplace building codes.
The bottom line is that a masonry heater should always be installed by a professional, someone with proper training and experience. The nice thing about this type of unit is that price is affordable. Even so, you want to choose the best you can afford so the masonry heater will last a lifetime. The mason will install the heater according to strict guidelines to make sure you and your family have a wonderful, warm home but also a home that can burn a fire safely.
For a pellet fireplace, you can do the installation on your own but in this case, it would be critical that you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. In most cases, a pellet stove will come with the required information. As a part of the manual is information specific to clearance details, the right type of venting materials to use for proper exhaust, and even the way in which the vent and its components should be arranged.
In most cases, a pellet stove will use a small fan that forces exhaust out through the vent. Because of this, you do not need the professional services of a mason for the chimney. In addition, the pellet stove uses fuel and air that can be adjusted. One of the greatest benefits of a pellet stove is that the heat burns extremely clean. Then, considering that a pellet stove can placed literally in any room of the home, you could enjoy clean heat in the bedroom, living room, dining room, etc.
Keep in mind that unlike regular fireplaces, a pellet stove will produce heat but not extremely hot heat. Therefore, the type of venting system recommended is generally a lightweight, double-wall pipe. Just make sure if you do the installation of the pellet stove on your own, that you follow instructions to the tee and if you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.