Wood Stove Installation
When shopping around for a wood stove, you need to consider a number of factors. The benefits of using a wood stove are tremendous. In addition to warming a home through and through, many wood-burning stoves are quite attractive, adding a nice visual to the home regardless of decorum. While some people have a wood stove installed by a professional, other people, find they can do the work on their own. Even if you just purchase the stove and then have it installed, the information in this article will help.
For starters, let us say you wanted to have a professional install your new wood stove. One of the first things you want to do is look for an organization or individual with proper training. The reason this is important is that this ensures the installation and perhaps maintenance of your wood-burning stove is done right. Individuals completing this program must undergo a series of tests to meet strict guidelines to include installation codes, appropriate installation, maintenance, and procedures for inspection. Once the program is completed, the person is certified, able to show you an actual card of proof.
Now, if you prefer doing the wood stove installation yourself, then it is imperative you purchase the right stove and follow manufacturer installation instructions precisely. First, you need to determine if your new wood stove will heat all or just a portion of the house. With this information, you would choose the appropriate model such as a pellet stove, high-efficiency stove, advanced combustion stove, and so on.
The location for your wood stove is also very important. The goal is to install the wood stove where you need the most heat. For most people, this would be on the main floor of the house, typically a living room or family room. However, you will also find that some people place a wood-burning stove in the dining room or even the kitchen. The one thing you want to avoid with the installation is placing the stove in the basement. While this can be done, you typically lose much of the efficiency in that heat would not rise to the upper floors, as you would get from a standard furnace.
Keep in mind that for installation of your wood stove, the home's layout is another key element. For instance, if you live in a smaller home, then the wood stove must be the appropriate size. If too large, you would have a hot box, making living in the home miserable. On the other side, if your home were large, specifically with open rooms, then too small a stove would do little to no good. Therefore, talk to a professional about the actual size needed for the preferred placement.
The bottom line is that by choosing the right type of wood-burning stove and placing it so you get the most benefit is the goal. Typically, following instructions will provide you with a wonderful option for heating your home while also cutting back on utility costs.