Feb 5, 2011

Wood Stove Chimney

The wood stove chimney was finally installed the other day. Perfect timing, now that the weather is starting to warm up around here. I think the stove will be in use for at least a month before it gets too warm outside. I hired a local contractor to put it in. I had received estimates from some local companies that I found online for about $300-400. It's a simple job, just a bit involved. Cut a hole in the roof, reinforce it, nail the clearance box to the roof, insert piping, put the boot on, then finish with shingles and fire proof caulking. We would have done it ourselves, but we didn't have the tools. The local contractor that we ended up going with installed it for half the price as the other larger companies.

No turning back now!

It would have made a nice, bright skylight.

Just about all done.

Contractor working on the exterior pipe.
Since there was a dormer within 10 feet of the pipe, we used a 2' and 3' piece of pipe. When installing chimney pipe, you have to go 3 feet above the roof where the chimney sits and at least 2 feet above any area within 10'.

The contractor applied some drywall cement around the spaces of the box. He even added texture to make it match the rest of the popcorn ceiling. One of these days I'll get around to painting the box black so it matches everything else.

Now its all warm and toasty.

If I had to do it over again, I would've just gone with a pellet stove. Considering the stove pipe/chimney cost more than the stove it makes up for the higher cost of the pellet stove. The pellet stoves don't need all the double wall pipe and they require less of a fire barrier set up. They are also easier to load and get started.