Outdoor Wood Burning Stove EPA Guidelines on Installation and Maintenance

The EPA has always been keen in keeping emissions low when it comes to the use of outdoor wood burning stoves and the following are its guidelines on how to install and maintain such stoves. It is said that if you follow these guidelines closely you will be able to enjoy years upon years of hot water and heat inside our homes without minus dangerous air pollution.

EPA recommends that wood-burning appliances be professionally installed and maintained by certified technician. This is to insure its safety and efficient performance. You are placing your home and your family at risk by not hiring a qualified technician for installation and maintenance of your outdoor wood burning stove and of course you need someone that knows specific building code requirements for wood burning appliances that include:

  • The correct distances between the wood-burning appliance and venting systems
  • The correct distances between an outdoor wood burning stove and combustible materials.
  • The necessary protection of your combustible floors.
  • Proper installation of the wood burning appliance and venting components.
  • Assessment of any errors in installation (by a non-professional) may not be visible and therefore any problems may not be apparent at this time. This could only place your property at risk from home fires.

Experienced professionals will also be able to properly assess the size and place equipment for best heat distribution. You see, the venting system is a very important area in your home that needs the expert eye of a professional installer. Professional decisions that are usually done regarding venting systems to ensure adequate draft include the following:

  • Proper sizing which is particularly avoiding oversized flues.
  • Proper height of the venting system and usually taller than minimum code requirements.
  • Proper location, usually in the interior of the house when possible, and protection from extreme cold.
  • Proper configuration of the venting system

It is a fact that a wood-burning appliance that is sized and placed properly and something that has a venting system that delivers adequate draft will significantly reduce wood consumption, produce more efficient heat for your family and reduce maintenance coming from inefficient fires.

If you need information about installation and maintenance of outdoor wood burning furnaces or any wood burning appliance or if you would like to check the credentials of installation and maintenance professionals, you may find these at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

The CSIA is a source for finding a certified chimney sweep as well. CSIA is a non-profit, educational organization that is dedicated to chimney and venting system safety.  If you wish to learn more about CSIA and to locate a CSIA specialist, check out their official site at www.csia.org.

You may also consult an efficient online site regarding certified hearth system planners and installers called the National Fireplace Institute® (NFI). The NFI is a non-profit certification agency that conducts nationwide education and testing of hearth professionals.

By following all these you may be able to extend the life of your wood burning appliance and create efficient fires to heat your home.


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