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If you are looking to moving from a Gas or a traditional fireplace to a Wood or Pellet Stove, EcoFriendly Solutions can help.

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We supply a range of Pellet Stoves but also offer installation services for Wood or Pellet stoves in WA. If however you decide to install it yourself please see some useful information below which we hope will help you.

 

Protection for the Floor

Wood stoves that are certified as meeting the safety test standard will not overheat a combustible floor. During testing, the floor temperature is checked and must not exceed safe limits.

Although the floor will not overheat due to stove operation, the floor must be protected from live embers that might fall from the stove during fire tending or ash removal. The floor pad must be made of a durable, noncombustible material, such as sheet metal, grouted ceramic tile, or mortared brick. Floor pads must normally extend not less than 450 mm (18 in.) in front of the loading door and 200 mm (8 in.) beyond the other sides and back. Floor pads must not be installed on carpet unless the pad is structurally supported so that it does not move or distort.

Uncertified appliances have not passed safety tests, so heat from the bottom may overheat floors. The rules for floor protection for uncertified appliances are complicated, with several different types depending on how high the legs support the stove from the floor.

If you are installing an uncertified appliance, you should contact a qualified professional for details.



FLOOR PAD SIZE AND TYPE

The floor pad protects flooring from hot embers that might fall from the appliance during fuel loading or servicing. The pad must extend at least 200 mm (8 in.) beyond the sides and rear and 450 mm (18 in.) in front of the loading door. The floor pad must be a continuous, non-combustible surface. The floor pad must not rest on the carpet unless it is strong enough to resist bending or cracking.

 

The Installation of Flue Pipes

Flue pipes carry the exhaust gases from the appliance flue collar to the base of the chimney. They have been referred to as the "weak link" in the wood-burning system because they are too often installed improperly. As you will see from the list below, there is a number of rules for the safe installation of flue pipe assemblies. These rules apply to flue pipes connected to all wood-burning appliances, including central heating systems.

Flue pipe assemblies should be as short and direct as possible between the appliance and the entrance to the chimney in order to maintain chimney draft. The ideal assembly is one that rises straight up from the appliance flue collar and directly into the chimney with no elbows. A straight flue pipe assembly offers the least restriction to gas flow and results in stronger draft. S traight assemblies also need less maintenance because there are no corners for creosote deposits to accumulate.



THE IDEAL SINGLE-WALL FLUE PIPE ASSEMBLY

When the flue gas path is straight, the system will produce stronger draft and will need less maintenance than if the assembly has elbows. The ideal flue pipe assembly rises straight from the appliance flue collar into the chimney. A straight single-wall flue pipe assembly needs an inspection wrap or telescopic section so it can be installed and removed without having to move the appliance. The wrap also allows some movement for expansion when the flue pipe gets hot.

 

Rules for Single-Wall Flue Pipe Assemblies

  • Minimum clearance from combustible material: 450 mm (18 in.).
  • The minimum clearance may be reduced by 50 percent to 225 mm (9 in.) if suitable shielding is installed either on the pipe or on the combustible surface.
  • Maximum overall length of straight pipe: 3 m
    (10 ft.)
  • Maximum unsupported horizontal length: 1 m
    (3 ft.).
  • Maximum number of 90-degree elbows: 2
  • Minimum upward slope towards the chimney:
    20 mm/m (1/4 in/ft.).
  • The crimped ends (male) of the sections must be oriented towards the appliance.
  • Each joint in the assembly must be fastened with at least three screws, including the connections at the appliance flue collar and chimney.
  • 6-, 7-, and 8-inch diameter flue pipes must be at least 24 gauge in thickness.
  • Galvanized flue pipes must not be used because the coatings vaporize at high temperatures and release dangerous gases. Use black painted flue pipes.
  • The assembly must have allowance for expansion: elbows in assemblies allow for expansion; straight assemblies should include an inspection wrap with one end unfastened, or a telescopic section.