How to Install a Stainless Steel Chimney Hood
A stainless steel chimney and its stainless steel chimney hood are not cheap to build or buy but they are much more cost effective and less disruptive than having masonry installed. Stainless steel chimneys look clean and they absorb gases very well without leaving a mess. They can be installed above a fireplace or stove. While the metal is expensive and the job must be properly done, this new stainless steel chimney hood will be durable and the heat will be extracted without any lingering smells. There are several different methods available to mount a stainless steel chimney hood for indoor and outdoor fireplaces. These instructions will clarify the type of installation necessary.
Step 1 - Make a Hole
Use a saw to cut a round hole in the ceiling the same size as the bucket or the chimney hood, if it reaches to the ceiling. Otherwise the chimney hood can be attached to the wall.
Measure the exact dimensions of the stainless steel chimney hood before cutting the hole. Remove the hood from the packaging only when it is ready to be installed and put it on a soft surface such as a blanket or rug without scratching it with nails, rings or other sharp objects that will damage the stainless steel chimney hood. Lift the hood from the stainless steel chimney hood and attach it to the hole in the roof or the wall. Get somebody to hold the hood from underneath while you position it directly under the hole. Put the ceiling trim over the hole to seal and protect the roof or the wall where the stainless steel chimney hood was placed.
Step 2 - Attach the Pipes to the Stove or Fireplace
Attach these pipes with screws or other fasteners or cut the pipes if needed in order to be the perfect length. The outlet of the stove or fireplace will have fitting pipes that will attach to the pipes going vertically, which will channel the smoke up and away from the home. Make sure these pipes are securely attached to the rear of the stove to prevent rattles, smoke emissions and bad smells.
Step 3 – Attach Pipes to Chimney Hood
Take the pipes to the roof and fasten them to the stainless steel chimney hood. These pipes need to be supported every 5 to 8 feet to remain stable. Use brackets will attach these pipes to the wall to prevent moving or rattling.
Cut a small pipe-sized hole in the roof with the saw. Add support plates on either side. The metal pipe should be around 3 feet above the level of the roof.
Step 4 – Use Caulking
Use the caulking around the joints, screws and holes to prevent the pipes from loosening or moving in the wind. Alternatively, use duct tape in a straight line or silicone to keep the connection stable.
Whether you are using mechanical fasteners, silicone, duct tape or caulking it is important to use good quality products as the chimney could collapse due to a fire and accident. Make sure that the air around connections is blocked in order to prevent cooling and temperature fluctuations.