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It seems we survived another miserable winter. How did you fair?
Did you lose power to your heating system? Was your fireplace up to the task? If you were cold this year, it might be time to consider a DIY wood stove installment.
This DIY process is easier than you think but you have to be thoughtful and thorough.
Choose a Size
The first thing to consider is what size wood stove do you need? Most models are broken down by the square footage they can heat effectively or by the BTU’s they can produce.
Too small a wood stove and you won’t be able to heat your home. Too large and you won’t be able to sit in your living room!
Build a Base
You are going to want a strong brick or stone base for your wood stove to sit on. This will ensure your floor doesn’t burn below it. You could also extend the base up and around the stove to protect it and those around it, on all sides.
Direct the Flue
Most importantly, you are going to need to direct the flue outside. The flue is going to carry the smoke and carbon monoxide to the outside, assuring they don’t kill you and your family.
The flue can run through a plywood panel in a window, it can be piped into an existing flue or it can be a new addition altogether. The choice is yours.
Be sure to seal the flu sections thoroughly and do not light a fire till those sections are secure. You may also want to secure the outdoor flue to the home or structure to deal with high winds or animals.
With a few cords of wood, you will have the ability to heat your home through the harshest winter. You will be able to do it with or without wood.