Potbelly stoves add a pleasant, old-fashioned look and a high level of heating efficiency to your living space. These appliances grew in popularity due to their efficient ambient heat production. Although installation can be accomplished without professional assistance, installing a potbelly stove is not simple. It carries high risks if incorrectly done. Before starting, make sure you have a proper chimney flue dedicated to the appliance, as well as a location with heat-resistant flooring free from combustible materials. Professional inspection is recommended ensuring there are no fire or health hazards after the installation.
Things You'll Need
- Chimney flue connections
- Stovepipe components
- Metal screws
- Stove cement
Select a location for the stove that has tile, stone, metal or brick flooring and its own chimney. It should be clear of combustible objects, such as fabric materials, at least 36 inches around. There should be 18 inches of space from noncombustible surfaces. Alternatively, installing a heat shield increases the required distance between your stove and other objects.
Install the connector pipe according to manufacturer's instructions. Fit the stovepipe over the flue collar behind the stove with the crimped end away from the stove. Connect it with metal screws. Apply stove cement with a putty knife. Horizontal piping should have 18 inches clearance from the ceiling. Avoid creating bends in the stovepipe greater than 90 degrees.
Assemble the stovepipe to the chimney according to manufacturer instructions. Connect the pipe to the flue with the thimble, making sure the thimble does not protrude into the chimney. Secure the stovepipe with stove cement, using a putty knife. Allow at least 1/2 inch of space between the stovepipe and thimble for the pipe to expand. It is recommended that you obtain professional inspection of your chimney assembly before operating the stove.
Complete the installation by adding any remaining parts according to manufacturer instructions.
Tips & Warnings
- Hire an expert for advice if any serious questions arise during the installation of the chimney.
- The stove vent can be installed through the roof, upward and out with an elbow joint, or directly outdoors to the side. Avoid installing with too many bends, which results in poor stove performance.
- Do not connect the stove to a chimney that has another appliance running on it.
- Do not install potbelly stoves in a mobile home, tent or trailer.
- Improper chimney connections and installation is a serious matter. If incorrectly installed, the entrance of carbon monoxide, ash and burning bits into the walls or other parts of the home could be deadly.
- The paints on your stove may begin curing when it is first in use. The odor and smoke from these fires might bother some individuals including those with lung conditions.
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