How to Install a Pellet Stove
Installing a pellet stove doesn’t have to be complicated or a daunting task. However, it still requires some modest DIY skillset, which we are going to share with you today in this article.
Your pellet stove is more or less like a fireplace, and while being an attractive addition to your room’s décor, it also provides you and your family with a place where you can sit together and spend time.
Having a pellet stove will not only help keep those heating bills low; it also transforms your room. They look attractive and are a cost-effective way to supplement your main source of heat.
When it comes to pellet stove installation, you have two options: Choosing some reliable pellet stove installers or going DIY, which is exactly what we are going to discuss today.
Not just installation, but you also need to decide the best place to install your pellet stove. This takes into account several factors like the chimneys, aesthetic factors, room size, exterior structure, pellet stove design, wiring, insulation, local building codes, clearance to combustibles and purpose.
So, give me the chance to be your expert today to guide you on how you can install your pellet stove.
Without further ado, let us jump straight into it.
How To Install A Pellet Stove?
Although the installation process may seem very difficult, we will try to keep it as simple as possible for you.
- Start by setting a fireproof pad on the floor at the place of installation. Next, you need to place your pellet stove on top of this floor pad to ensure that you maintain proper clearances from the combustible surfaces.
- Attach the venting pipe to the stove. We will be doing this temporarily. After that, bore 3/8-inch of a pilot hole through the exterior house wall of the pellet stove, and finally, align the hole with the edge of the vent pipe. Next, trace this vent pipe outline onto the wall and remove it from the stove.
- Take large dividers and mark the diameter of the interior wall of thimble onto the wall. Also, place the divider in the middle of the vent-pipe outline, and finally scribe a circle onto the wall
- Now, this will be a bit tricky, but not impossible. You need to cut along the large outer circle using a reciprocating saw and repeat the above step in order to match the hole through the exterior house wall
- Gently hole the exterior wall thimble in place, and mark it where it connects with the house siding. Next, we recommend using a reciprocating saw to cut the slots into the siding at each mark
- Now wrap up the fireproof insulation around the pipe that is passing through the thimble and press the exterior wall thimble against the wall. While doing this, ensure that it nicely fits into the slots that were cut in the siding. Screw up the thimble to the siding and this will secure it
- Now, attach the elbow and the screen to the end of venting pipe, and then bore a 2 ½ - inch hole into the exterior house wall. This will allow the fresh air to flow inside. Ensure that you locate the hole at least 12-inches away from the pellet stoves exhaust vent pipe
- Using a powerful drill machine, drill in a matching 2 ½ - inch hole through the interior wall of the stove, and then feed a 2-inch-diameter flexible aluminum intake vent through the exterior hole, and into the room of the stove
- Take a bead of silicone caulk, and carefully apply it around the 2-inch cent you just created. This is the vent where it passes through the exterior wall of your pellet stove. Next, gently slide the mounting plate flush against the wall, and secure it with four screws
- Again, use high-heat silicone caulk, and seal up all the connections to the vent pipe, and connect the exhaust pipe on to the rear side of your stove
- Establish a connection of the intake vent with the rear of the stove, and tighten up the hose-clamp connection with the help of a nut driver. Also, attach an elbow with the end of the exhaust vent, and finally connect it to the interior wall of the thimble we worked on in the above steps.
- Screw up the elbow to the vent pipe, plug in your stove’s power cord, fill its hopper with ‘premium’ wood pellet and watch your stove running. Sit back and relax.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Much Pellet Stove Costs?
A: The cost of a pellet stove varies. For instance, its heating capacity, and the capacity of its hopper will drastically affect its price. On average, you can expect the minimum cost of a pellet stove to be somewhere between $1000-$4000.
Different types of pellet stoves have different prices. For instance, a freestanding pellet stove, which requires a hearth pad, would cost between $250-$500 only.
Q: What Is The Best Place To Install A Pellet Stove?
A: There are a variety of locations where you can install a pellet stove. Below we have listed down a few so that you can decide where to put your pellet stove:
- Next to an exterior wall
- Next to the stairway
- Inside an insulated basement
While those are some best places to install your pellet stove, however, you should avoid installing it in some sots like your bedroom. This is because the sound of the burning wood pellets inside the stove will disturb you while you are sleeping or just relaxing.
Never ever place your pellet stove in your bedroom or near an electric device, such as an electric range or other electric heaters, or even close to your children. This is because your pellet stove also runs on electricity, and placing it near an electric device could result in electrocution. Moreover, this will also violate your town’s code enforcement.
Although buying a new pellet stove may seem like a huge investment, but it would eventually pay for itself within a short amount of time.
The initial setup cost might be a little more expensive, but your overall cost will reduce in the long run.
We hope this pellet stove installation guide helped you in successfully installing your stove, and answered all of your questions.
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