Pellet Stove Chimney Installation

roof and chimney

A chimney installation for a pellet stove is a process that is handled by an experienced installer. That is because the installation of a pellet stove involves the creation of an outlet for the pellet stove in order to vent the heat exchange that takes place. This is accomplished either through creating a horizontal direct ventilation or vertical direct ventilation. Having a pellet stove chimney installation completed for your home should be done by an installer who is certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). Having a NFI certified installer removes much of the doubts or problems that can occur with an installation and protects you and your home from any harm that would be caused by an improper installation of your pellet stove chimney. This article will explain some of the process involved in the installation of a pellet stove chimney used by the installer.

Determining Type of Installation for the Chimney

The first step in the process for the installation of your pellet stove chimney is determining how the chimney will be installed. This determination is based on the decision of the homeowner regarding the placement of the pellet chimney as well as the type of set up that may already be available to the installer. If an existing fireplace already exists in the space where the pellet stove will be installed, this will cut down on some of the choices regarding the installation of the chimney, since the chimney will piggyback off the existing fireplace vent.

A pellet stove placed in the lower area of the home will use a horizontal chimney for direct ventilation while a pellet stove placed on higher levels of the home may opt for a vertical chimney installation for direct ventilation.

Preparing for the Chimney Installation

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If a horizontal direct ventilation is chosen, the installer will continue in the process by cutting a hole in the side of the home in order to attach the chimney vent and necessary hardware in order to set up the pellet stove chimney. If the vertical direct ventilation method is chosen the installer will need to cut a hole in the roof of the home in order to run the pellet stove's chimney stack upward and out through the home's roof.

Installing the Chimney to the Vent and Pellet Stove

With the type of ventilation chosen and set up, the next step in the process calls for the installer to hook up the chimney to the vent and vent hardware and then connect the chimney to the pellet stove. This almost completes the chimney installation process for the pellet stove and allows the installer to make necessary adjustments to the chimney stack and get it aligned so that it can be set in its permanent place.

Once the chimney has been placed and set, the installer can run tests to check that the vents have been properly installed and the pellet stove set in place and working as it is designed to.