The correct St. Louis chimney pipe ensures your wood stove is safe and that it functions properly. The stove pipe is usually connected at the top of the stove at the ceiling’s base or the wall where it will link with the chimney pipe. Normally, a wooden stove is put in the house’s main living room which leads to direct heating of the room.
Unlike electric appliances, wood stoves do not require any ducts or pipes for heat distribution. Chimney pipes for wooden stoves are made in different lengths and thicknesses to fit into different chimneys. According to the room’s size, the size of the stove should be optimal since the fires of large stoves will be slow and can get very hot. A stove which is very small will require over-firing since it is not able to sustain the heat needed in the room.
Keeping the pipe clean is very important. Tar and deposits accumulate in the fireplace and in the woodstove pipe too regardless of the type of wood used. A regular cleaning program should be put in place according to the frequency of the stove usage. A fire can take place if this is not done regularly.
First step: know the dimensions and then purchase.
Measuring the size is necessary since sizes of chimneys vary. A brochure from the manufacturer where you bought your chimney can help a lot. Buy the cleaning kit at your local store according to the recommendations in the leaflet. If you need any help, enquire at the hardware customer care.
Second step: inspect the pipe
The interior pipe should be disconnected and brought out into the open. Using a high-beam flashlight, go through the pipe.
Third step: cleaning of the pipe
A bucket should be placed at the pipe’s end to ensure the creosote falls there during cleaning. Using your newly purchased wire brush, vigorously scrub the pipe’s inside to remove grime that has accumulated inside. This process may be needed for several times if the pipe has lacked regular cleaning.
Fourth step: pipe replacement
The pipe should be placed back after cleaning to reconnect the chimney pipe and the stove.
Fifth step: Optional
Creosote cleaning logs may be required. These logs are made up of a mixture containing several minerals. As the fire burns, the minerals attaches to the accumulated creosote which leads to softening of the creosote and prevents it from hardening. This type of creosote comes down to the fireplace in the form of small particles. It ensures the pipes remain clean since there is no accumulation of creosote.
Sixth step: Inspection of the pipe
You can prevent fires by requesting the fire department in your locality to inspect your pipe.