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Old 10-27-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Wood Stove in Basement?

My house was not built with the infrastructure for a fireplace/wood stove (bungalow,hi-eff gas, built in 2008), but I have a free lifetime supply of wood and would like to install a wood stove in the basement to heat the basement and upper floors.

Any thoughts on doing this from the group. I don't really have a straight run up through a wall or chase, so venting would be a problem. Can I install a stainless, insulated, dampered duct out the side. Code issues?

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Old 10-27-2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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The local code people can provide you with the code requirements for your area.

The other thing is the home insurance requirements. You could be refused coverage and may have to shop around for another insurance carrier and may have higher premiums.

The code is the code!! It is also the worst way to build and still be legal, so it is not always the best way.

An insurance company does not have to sell you insurance if you have modified a major safety/fire item and if you do not advise them, you could have no coverage in the case of a problem. - My mother installed a legal and proper wood burner (stainless, multiple walled flue with a fresh air intake) and the insurance company refused to renew the coverage and she had to find a different company. Her old company had too much exposure, considering the national/regional loss figures for that type of installation.



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hearth.com for all the answers.

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I know in some parts of the country they are built and installed external to the house. I seem to remember reading about neighbor complaints and ordinance disputes though.
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I second that. They have forgotten more than we know.
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