Installing a Pellet Stove

Brief guide to installing a pellet stove as an additional, efficient heat source in your home.

Most pellet stoves require a 3-inch flue to escape out the back or top of the stove, run through the wall, and extend upward past the house eaves.

First, you need to determine the vent path before anything. The most frequent approach is to route the vent through an exterior wall or via the ceiling.

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In this instance, you might consider hiring a roofer to install a code-approved roof jack through which the pipe will go. Ensure the jack is placed and flashed to prevent leakages.

Place the pellet stove on top of the floor pad, keeping correct clearances from combustible surfaces in consideration. You can construct your own pad by laying down concrete backer board and then covering it with tile or by laying down a huge stone slab.

Cut through the interior drywall using a utility knife and/or a jab saw first, then cut through the exterior siding with a reciprocating saw or jigsaw. In the hole, insert a vent thimble. Connect a 3-inch double-walled vent pipe to the stove and route it through the thimble to the outside.

Install a vent pipe cleanout for ash removal and an elbow so the vent may turn and run vertically above the eaves. Add a rain cap and attach the vent to the eave with a strap.┬áSimply plug in the stove’s power cord, add wood pellets and it’s ready for use.