Venting a Wood Burning Stove?

Does anyone know if a wood stove will draft through a 6 inch pipe laying level for 30 feet? It has a 12 inch upright pipe, 10 feet tall that it's connected to. This is all outside. I like to do it this way so I can take it all apart to clean it. If I put it up the side of the house it would be hard to clean.


By Andrew from Sigourney, IA

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February 11, 20100 found this helpful

I think every town or city has requirements for a wood, pellet or coal stove installation requirements. I would check with them or your local fireman. And even from the internet.

Maximum efficiency is obtained when stovepipes are as short and as straight as possible. In no case should pipes be longer than 8 to 10 feet or contain more than two 90-degree bends.

Avoid horizontal runs. Minimum slope should be 1/4 inch per foot toward the stove. Assemble joints in the pipe so that they will funnel any liquid creosote accumulating in the pipe back to the stove where it will burn. Joints should fit tightly to eliminate entry of room air directly into the chimney system. Use furnace cement to ensure tightness. Use rivets or screws at pipe joints for added strength. A minimum of three rivets or screws is recommended at each joint.

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February 14, 20100 found this helpful

Please forget about your proposed layout. You'll burn down your house. Pay attention to previous feedback.

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February 11, 2010

I have a wood burning stove on my first floor. Can I run the vent pipe out a window?

By twktm from NE


Venting a Wood burning Stove

I believe you should check with the town code or building department in the town you live in before you stick the flue out the window. There are fire and exhaust issues involved with your plan. You could also check with your fire department as well. (11/04/2009)

By Deanj

Venting a Wood burning Stove

You cannot run a flue pipe through glass, but you can run it through a wall. This is a site that shows you how to properly install a flue pipe: (11/05/2009)


By Patricia Eldridge

Venting a Wood burning Stove

At the cottage, we covered a small window with a thick piece of plywood and cut a hole in it slightly larger than the stove pipe. We stuck the stove pipe through it and filled the gap in with fire retardant insulating material, so the plywood wouldn't get hot. We've used this for over 50 years! Check with your local city hall for rules and regulations, as well as with your local fire department for fire code restrictions. The pipe has to be a certain size, and it has to extend up a specific height. (11/05/2009)

By Dena Roberts

Venting a Wood burning Stove

Start with your Town Hall, and permit information. Where we live the Fire Department gives out the rules and regulations, then comes back to inspect the job. If it's not done to code you are risking your life, and those who live in the house. Also you will not be covered by your insurance policy unless they are notified you have a stove.


A wood stove is great to have in a cold climate, but it's still a dangerous thing, and needs to be respected. Smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors are a must. Watch the wood you burn, no pine, and have your chimney cleaned once a year! Good luck to you. The maker of your stove can also give you guidelines, etc. (11/06/2009)

By Sandi

Venting a Wood burning Stove

One thing you had better do is call your insurance agent and install your stove according to their specs. If you do not do this and your house has any damage or burns down, your insurance doesn't have to pay a cent to you. Look for a certified installation company usually found under chimney sweep in the phone book. (11/07/2009)

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