3 Things to Consider Before Installing a Wood Stove


Here in Southern Vermont, we know how rough winters can get. Having dependable energy that can help rapidly heat your home with a furnace, boiler, or ductless mini splits is great.

But what happens when the power goes out? Where do you turn when the dependable system you’ve been counting on all this time has failed you?

That’s when you consider wood stove installation. That’s when you take that safety and assurance back into your own hands.

There are just a few things you need to know before you jump in with both feet. Let’s run through them together.

1. You Need an Adequately Sized Wood Stove for Your Room

If you choose a wood stove that’s too small, well that’s just not going to work enough. You’ll all have to huddle around the wood stove while you wait for the power to come back on.

The opposite–a wood stove that’s too large–has its own equally frustrating problems. For one, it will heat the room up too much, causing you to overheat and your fire to die out due to a lack of fresh oxygen.

Your wood stove needs to be sized accordingly or the effort is lost.

2. Your Chimney Has to Support the Airflow

While it’s possible to just slap a wood stove into where the fireplace used to be and use an existing, externally built chimney, it may not be the best option.

We’ll spare you the boring details, but in a nutshell, thermodynamics dictates that an internally constructed chimney performs better.

Heat fills the room, and the air becomes less dense. It’s essentially pulled up through the chimney. When we say it has to support the airflow, we mean it has to:

  • Create the best possible path to allow smoke and gases out of the home.
  • Be wide enough to pull out smoke so it doesn’t try to stick to the ceiling.
  • The interior has to be lined properly so that nothing catches fire.

Make sure your chimney is up to snuff, or rather, let us find out for you.

3. You Still Need Maintenance–Don’t Forget to Plan for That

Wood stoves seem all-powerful and mighty, but they’re not without faults. Sure, they can help you in a pinch and bring you quick relief from the cold, but they still need to be maintained if you want to count on them.

Maintain your wood stove, because it’s the last line of defense against the frigid cold that’s trying to creep its way into your home during a blizzard or wintertime power outage.

By the way, in case you were wondering, we offer everything from installation to repair, all the way to maintenance for your wood stove. So you don’t have to worry about it going into disrepair without a next step at the ready. We’ve got you covered.

Ready to Beat the Cold?

You want that new wood stove. You crave the dependability and reliance on that seemingly foolproof system to carry you through the next horrid Southern Vermont winter.

Now you know the main considerations before actually installing a wood stove. With all that knowledge, what’s stopping you from scheduling your installation right now? That’s right: nothing.

Contact HB Energy Solutions for all your energy needs. HB Energy Solutions delivers peace of mind.

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