Wood Burning Stove Accessories
There are an extensive collection of wood burning stove accessories. Some of these accessories are critical and thus essential to have them. Others are made to enhance the comfort of the user, and one has a choice.
When installing a wood burning stove or fireplace, building a chimney, or carrying out regular repairs or maintenance the following accessories are available.
This is used for fusing a stove outlet pipe to a flue or joining a single skin shaft to a double skin insulated one.
Heat Resistant Paint
It is used to enhance the outer appearance of the stove paint that can withstand high temperatures is ideal as the stove is bound to get hot.
This is used for cleaning the glass by removing smoke and tar stains.
This is a specialist cleaner which is used to prevent tar deposits from building up inside the chimney. It is an additive on the fire.
They help you clean the inside of the flue to remove tar deposits and other particles.
The thermometers are attached to the stove pipe, and their purpose is to give an indication of the temperature at which the stove is operating. It is a very important tool as helps you keep the stove at the correct temperatures keeping in mind that low temperature are conducive for tar formation while high temperature may be damaging to the stove.
It is obvious that some parts of the stove may become worn out with time. When replacing these parts, ensure you buy your spare parts from a licensed dealer and get professional help on the sizes and the procedure on how to fix the replacements.
These are a collection of diminutive tools such as brushes and shovels. They were traditionally found in black or silver but with time have been modified to suit different tastes.
Fireguards and Screens
These protect the fire sparks from flying out of the stove when the stove door is left open. It also helps keep away intruders such as pets or even children from getting too close to the fire.
Log Baskets and Containers
These serve as storage for wood and kindle. It is preferable to have large containers as some logs are long and heavy. Some containers have their portability enhanced by having wheels fixed on them.
Buckets and Holds
They can serve the same purpose as the containers but are most suited for storage and holding of the logs and kindle next to the fire place.
These are used to light the fire. It is advisable to use extra long matches manufactured specially for stove uses. You may also accompany them with match holders for better handling. It is safer to dress in heat resistant gloves for self protection.
They are used to convert waste paper, cardboard and wood chippings into logs. It enables one to use materials other than wood to make fire. These materials would otherwise have been difficult to use in a wood stove given their original state.
The wood being used should be dry enough to prevent tar deposits from building up. The moisture meter is an instrument that is used to establish whether the logs are dry enough for use.
It is clear that a wood burner stove has a variety of accessories with each serving a unique purpose. It may be practical however, to purchase all these items all at ones. Concentrate on the most important ones first and then add the rest depending on the resources available.
Flue Alternatives for wood burning stoves
For smoke to escape outside the building housing the stove it must have a flue. However, since the stove pipe cannot be passed through a building it must connected to the flue. Flue must have suitable materials so that it functions best. This means that for a chimney that is used for wood burning stove, then it must have correct material. The flue will help in aerating the chimney such that it there are no deposits of materials such as tar. They are various types of flue that are suitable for these kinds of stoves:
Single skin flue
This is a better in appearance since it has a coat of enamel in glossy and matt but must be in a position such that it does not go back inside the chimney. It also heats the room, as well. This kind of flue is made up a bend and an elbow. Cement is used for joining several flues together.
Double skin insulated flue
It insulated such that there is no need of a chimney and thus can pass through cement of walls. It keeps the gases hot such that they do not form tar deposits which are inflammable. It is composed of tubes which are joined together, and also have a bracket or plate for support.
Flues have their specifications in terms of diameter. It should have a larger diameter than that of stove outlet. According to the regulations put into place by the government, the diameter should be 150mm on the minimum side. The flue outlet should also be a distance from the roof the building to avoid gases that might cause fires. They should also be far from windows as well houses. Other regulation that includes the distance form flammable liquids such as three times the diameter of the flue. The single un-insulated pipe should also be short as possible to allow gases escape such they do not cool to form tar deposits.
When using wood burning stove, concrete flue liners are preferable since they last longer, but more expensive. They absorb high temperature and longer to fit in the chimney and also tolerate damp conditions in the chimney. In small scale use, they are made of stainless steel of 316 grade. For safety precautions, it is possible to use the services of a technician during installations to avoid cases of fire.
Chimney linings and wood burning stoves
If there is existing chimney for use with the wood burning stove, then it should be lined so that tar does not occur. For class 1 chimney, the diameter should be at least 7 inches in diameter. Insulation presents the following advantages.
Smooth lining eliminate the possibility of tar accumulation
Easier circulation of gases such that the gases can escape far off due to the warm air rising as a result of high temperate.
Uniform diameter of the pipe ensures that the gases escape faster due to even flow and velocity.
Lining eliminates chances of smoke and gases escaping through the pipe
Types of chimney linings
Flexible insulated chimney liners
It is usually smooth on the inside but corrugated from the outside, thus preventing it from damage such as corrosion. Liners in this chimney are susceptible to wet conditions, paints or chemicals. This is because of toxic substances they provide which cause it to have corrosions. It is also advisable to clean the chimney at least twice in a year to remove tar deposits which are harmful.
Installing a liner is a simple task, but requires help of two people. One situated at the roof and the other at the fire place. The chimney is cleaned first and then and then the pot is removed and a small rope with the weight attached on it is dropped from above. Next step is to drop the liner with the help of a clamp and a pulling rope.
Pumice chimney liners
They are not expensive but labour extensive. Liners can be joined together using glue and also steel collars and fitted into existing or new chimneys. Installing a pumice liner is usually done by first using a rope just as the other case. The exterior of the liners are made of leca and cement to insulate it. Using the services of a registered service provider, then all regulations are followed such that they only seasoned wood is used in the burner.