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Why Wood-Burning Stoves Need to Be Professionally Installed

Want to save money on your heating bills this winter? Convert your traditional fireplace into an efficient heating appliance with a wood-burning stove. Many people think that they need to switch fuel types to gas to heat more efficiently, but newer technology allows stove manufacturers to create wood-burning units that are even approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, problems can quickly arise to the point of hazardous situations if the stove has not been installed by professional fireplace and chimney technicians, like our staff at All Seasons Chimney. We would like to tell you more about why wood-burning stoves need to be professionally installed to guarantee proper and safe operation.

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Why exactly is professional installation so important for wood-burning stoves?

The main installation issue that occurs when installing a new stove into a masonry fireplace deals with the difference between the sizes of the chimney’s flue and the stove’s vent. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), wood stoves operate at their safest and most efficient when attached to a chimney whose flue size most closely matches the size of the vent pipe that connects the stove to the chimney. The chimney professionals at All Seasons Chimney can ensure this by installing a stainless steel liner from the top of the stove to the top of the chimney.

Are there building codes concerning wood-burning stove installation?

Yes, since 1984, national building codes and standards have required that the connector vent pipe extend from its outlet on the stove, up through the fireplace damper, and to the first flue tile of a masonry chimney. Today, it is recommended to install a stainless steel liner that extends the length of the chimney, from the stove to the top of the chimney.

What kind of problems arise when the flue is not the right size for the stove?

Most often, the flue of a masonry chimney will be much larger than the wood-burning stove. This causes cooler temperatures in the upper walls of the chimney, which sets up the perfect environment for the rapid production of creosote. Occurring naturally as part of the process of burning wood, creosote is highly hazardous and flammable. It can accumulate into dangerously large deposits when the upper walls of the chimney are cool. Cooler chimney walls means more condensation, which means more creosote. This increase in moisture can also leak into the bricks and mortar of the chimney where it can cause expensive damage. A stainless steel liner not only reduces the amount of creosote, but it can also prolong the life of your chimney by protecting it from heat deterioration and corrosion.

You can save a lot of money with a new wood-burning stove, but to save this money, you need to have it professionally installed. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn how we can help you heat your home more efficiently this winter.

Proudly Serving the Hudson Valley

For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing excellent chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to residents of the Hudson Valley area in New York State. We are proud to help our neighbors to keep chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and dryer vents clean and working safely and efficiently. Included in our chimney and fireplace services are sweeping, video inspections, repairs, masonry work, and leaky chimney prevention tools such as flashing installations and waterproofing. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps are also specialists in installing prefabricated chimneys, stainless steel chase covers, and chimney caps. Since fire safety is our top priority, we also offer dryer vent cleaning and repair services. All Seasons Chimney loves serving the Hudson Valley as much as we love living in this area. We would like to share some of our favorite attractions in this beautiful region.

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BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS

Nationally known for its quality as a historic house museum, the Boscobel House is an elegant early 19th century Federal-style mansion which was rescued from demolition in 1955 by the hard work of preservationists and the generosity of Lila Acheson Wallace, the co-founder of The Reader’s Digest. Home to a vast collection of fine American furniture and decorative arts, the Boscobel House is one of the most popular attractions in the Hudson Valley. Its gardens provide a breathtaking view of the Hudson River.

MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

A legend in the Hudson Valley, the Mohonk Mountain House is a Victorian castle built in 1869 that has serves as a 250-room mountain top resort. The perfect spot for family vacations, last-minute getaways, and romantic escapes, this resort overlooks a crystal clear private lake and offers a wide variety of activities. With hiking trails, boating, swimming, ice skating, and golf, you can be as active as you want to be, or you can relax in the on-site spa.

NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

The oldest state museum in the United States, the New York State Museum provides education about the state to its residents and visitors through its exhibits, collections, media, programs, and publications in history, science, anthropology, and art. You can explore the significant natural and cultural diversity of New York State from the past to the present.

If you live in the Hudson Valley area, look no further for the best chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent services than All Seasons Chimney. Contact us for all of your chimney care needs.