Having a wood burning or gas fireplace inside your home is great for heating your home during the winter and also cooking meals. Adding a wood burning stove or fireplace can help keep your family warm if there is no access to electricity during a power outage. Here are some tips to consider, which can help you when installing a fireplace or wood burning stove.

Position Inside Your Home

When you choose to install a fireplace or wood stove in your home, you will want to position it for it to heat your home most efficiently. You also want to consider an installation location that will be easy for you to vent the combustion gases to the outside air.

First, choose a location in your home that is a main living space, so you have enough room for the stove or fireplace, and make sure it is in a main room that is used by many people at the same time, such as a family room. An exterior wall of your home will provide easy installation of the vent pipe to the outside of your home or up to the roof top where the noxious gases can escape from the burning. And if you are installing a gas fireplace, you can easily connect a gas line to the fireplace from the exterior of your home into the wall where the fireplace will be installed.

It is also a good idea to install the stove in a basement or first floor room of your home. This allows you to help heat the colder rooms in your home, considering heat travels upward. Then, you can install pass-through vents in the ceiling of the room where the fireplace or stove is installed. As the heat rises from the fire, it will pass through these vents and can help heat upstairs rooms.

Install Heat-Protection Materials

To vent the heated gas created by the burning of gas or wood, you will need to install for use a heat proof ventilation pipe. Be sure you install this from the rear of the stove or fireplace, and extend it up the outside of your home or through the roof where it will vent to the outside air. It is best to have this ventilation elevated high outside your home, such as on your rooftop to keep it far from any one who may be outside the vent's exit to prevent accidental burns.

You will also need to install a fire proof wall board around the fireplace or stove and make sure the stove is positioned with enough clearance between itself and the wall. Check with the manufacturer's instructions to install it at a proper distance. Upon the fireproof wall board, you can install a fire-rated stone, brick, or other ornamental fire-safe material. It is also recommended to place a fire-proof stand upon the floor to protect your flooring from the heat from your stove or fireplace. You can build or purchase a stand that is covered in fire-rated tile, stone, or brick.

Use these instruction and tips to help you install a fireplace or stove in your home. For more information, contact a business such as Sleepy Hollow Stove & Fireplace.