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How to install a wood pellet stove

March 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor

Step 1
Make sure you have the right sized wood pellet stove for the space that you are heating. Too large a stove means that you will not be burning it as hot as it’s designed to be burned, creating inefficient burns, wasted fuel and air pollution.
Step 2
Determine the proper size wood pellet stove for your space by figuring out the square footage of your home. For example, a 2000 square foot home can be heated by a stove that is rated at 60,000 British Thermal Units (BTU). If your home is 1300 square feet, a wood pellet stove rate at 42,000 BTU will work well.
Step 3
Contact your local town office or city hall to learn whether there are any regulations regarding wood pellet or wood stoves. Because air pollution is becoming more of a concern, your community may have regulations limiting wood burning use.
Step 4
Choose the placement of your wood pellet stove carefully. The chimney will have some impact on this decision. Place the wood pellet stove in a room where you spend a lot of time. If you can, set up fans that will blow the hot air generated by your wood pellet stove around the house, dispersing the warmth beyond the room where the stove is located.
Step 5
Have a professional inspect where your wood pellet stove is going to be installed, as well as the chimney and the floor. The weight of the stove must be considered to determine whether the floor will be strong enough to support it.
Step 6
Get proper floor protection so that when you are tending the wood pellet stove, hot embers and coals will not fall onto the floor. Protect the wood from the heat of stove. You can find protective shields in hardware stores, building supply stores or wood stove shops.

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