Things to consider when installing wood burning fireplace inserts
One rule that applies to installing wood burning is that a full, stainless-steel chimney liner must be installed from the fireplace insert flue collar to the top of the chimney. The liner reduces the size of the chimney flue to match that of the insert collar and isolates the flue gas from the masonry structure. This retains heat and produces a stronger draft. Installed liner also makes cleaning and servicing easier, since it can be cleaned from the top of the chimney. Collected soot and deposits can be removed from inside the fireplace insert. With a full chimney liner, you don’t have to remove the insert for cleaning your chimney, a costly procedure that can damage the hearth.
Do I have to alter my masonry fireplace when installing wood burning?
Remember that installing wood burning fireplace or hearth-mount stove and its full chimney liner are, in fact, permanent. Sometimes, you must alter the structure of the masonry fireplace to complete the installation, and it may not be possible to return it to its original condition if you change your mind later.
Do I need to install a hearth or a mantel for my wood burning insert?
When installing wood burning insert, you almost always need to expend the hearth at least 45 cm (18″ Inches) beyond the front of the appliance to protect the floor. This hearth extension must be permanently mounted to the floor. Fire-retardant hearth rugs aren’t considered adequate floor protection. The installation instruction may also specify a minimum mantel height above the fireplace insert. If your fireplace mantel is lower, than the specified installation guide, than your fireplace may not be fire approved based on specific building code guides. If your fireplace mantel is lower, you may need to shield it so that it doesn’t overheat and become a fire-hazard.
Tips for you when considering wood burning insert!
Although installing wood burning fireplace insert may appear straightforward, it isn’t a simple do-it-yourself job. Before installation, it may be a good idea to inspect your chimney or even cleaning it from combustible deposits remains. Installing wood burning stainless steel liner can be challenging, and the correct materials must be used. All venting connections to the insert and between liner sections must be secure, and all materials must be corrosion-resistant. Look for a dealer with years of experience installing wood burning inserts. Professional installers know the trouble spots and how to avoid future problems.