Freestanding Stoves:

A Brief Overview... 

A Freestanding Stove is usually one of the simpler installations and is the obvious choice if you are replacing your old wood stove.  Rudy's will run a gas line to come up behind the unit (to hide it), and the venting can be set up in a few different ways.  Although all freestanding models have fan kits, the contemporary models tend to come stock with them, and cast iron models tend to come stock without.  Fans help distribute the heat quicker by 'destratifying' the hot and cold air layers (ie. heat rises, cold sinks) much like a ceiling fan.  A fan is recommended if the unit is intended to be used primarily for heat, and secondarily for ambience.

Most freestanding stoves are currently being made in Direct Vent (DV) versions.  This makes it easy to utilize the old smoke pipe already going thru your roof (if that's what you have now, that is).  Effectively, the old pipe becomes the fresh air return vent, and the exhaust vent passes thru the center of it in a separate pipe.  Standard Direct Vent (hard pipe) is run to the ceiling where a conversion kit (made for 8 5/8" 10 1/2" or 13" Outer Diameter smoke pipe) makes the transition thru the rafters.  The top part of the conversion kit then converts it back to standard pipe for connecting to a vertical cap.   

Or, if you plan on re-doing your roof sometime in the near future, you may want to run DV pipe all the way up and flash it for the appropriate size all at once.   Then you can get rid of the smoke pipe you may never use again.  

Another very common way to use Direct Vent is to simply run a 24" pipe vertically up from the freestanding stove and then run a 90 degree section from it out the wall to a sidewall cap.  For Tahoe, we use high-wind caps exclusively.  

In older homes and cabins, a B-Vent  can be used quite effectively and is usually a little less expensive than a Direct Vent installation.  B-Vent draws its air for combustion from inside the room.  The reason it works well in older homes is because they usually 'breathe' well (ie. leaky).   This can be advantageous in controlling moisture related problems like mold - something that newer homes seem to have more issues with.  


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