What are some safety tips when performing a stove pipe installation?


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One safety tip to follow when performing stovepipe installation is to add a crud trap into the longest run of pipe to make it easier to clean out. A stovepipe that is dirty or clogged is a fire hazard. Another safety tip is to run the stovepipe through the house and out of the roof instead of running it through a wall to the outside of the house.

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Use the shortest route in the home to run the stovepipe and chimney outside to improve drafts and reduce turbulence in the exhaust gases. This makes installing the wood stove safer. A shorter pipe length also ensures that there are a limited number of bends in the pipe. This is useful because an increased number of bends causes the joints to deteriorate faster over time and be more prone to breakage. A broken joint allows smoke and creosote to leak out of the pipe.

Install a stovepipe thermometer to monitor flue temperatures. Wood stoves that are fired too hot cause damage to the stove and stovepipe, in addition to igniting structures that are near the stove. Wood stoves that are not fired to an adequate temperature increase smoke production and cause the carcinogen creosote to build up in the pipe. Mount the female ends of the pipe sections up when putting the stovepipe and chimney together in order to prevent creosote from leaking out of the pipe's seams.

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