How to Install Mini Wood Stoves in Off-Grid Cabins & Locations?
August 22 2018
This is a pretty common question, with not such an easy answer. This is due to the variables that are at play. In this blog post, we will go over the things to consider when installing our stoves in off-grid cabins & locations.
First you need to determine what is needed, in terms of: what stove, mounting option, how much pipe and the required shielding. A complete install is going to depend on the particularities of the space, nearby combustibles to the stove, the roof type among others.
The first being what is needed. This will begin with the selection of the stove you need for the space. A general way of looking at it, is that the Cub is made for very small spaces, and/or spaces used in spring and fall only. The Grizzly is better for larger areas, taller spaces with more volume, and winter use.
Mounting your stove
Then we move to the method of mounting stove. We offer two primary ways. A floor mount and the wall mount. The floor mount does not come with shielding, so the stove must be 20” away from combustibles, or you must shield surfaces within 20” of the stove. The other is the wall mount, which does shield the surface it is mounted to. If wall mounted within 20” of a corner for example, then a side shield must be installed on that surface. Also, we have 3 different wall mounts: the standard one, the one with a fresh air intake and the one with a pull-out tray. The wall mount with fresh air intake is used in spaces that are very tightly sealed, spaces without windows to open, or if you did not want to open a window. This replaces the air by bringing it to the area where the stove draws its air from. And the wall mount with a pullout tray is for when you refill or clean the stove, and it will catch any embers or ashes that may fall on the floor.
Now that you decided which stove and which mounting option you want, you then need to figure out shielding around the stove. As mentioned above, the wall mount will shield the surface it is mounted to, but not the sides. So if a surface is within 20” of the stove then a side shield is required. And shielding would be needed if the stove is floor mounted and there is a surface within 20” of the stove. Then we move to the pipe shielding. When using the wall mount, it comes with 37” of flue protection. We also offer 30” flue shield extensions. The amount of shielding needed inside will depend on how high up on the wall you mount the stove.
The next thing to figure out is the pipe. We offer a 3” double wall flue pipe that we make for our stoves. You will need to have enough pipe to go from where the top of the stove will be to 1 foot passed the highest point of the roof. They come in 24” sections with 22.5” of usable flue. You can refer to the chart on the pipe product page to see how many sections you need to achieve the total length required.
Exit of the flue pipe
The next thing to consider is the exit of the pipe. For now we do not provide the items to exit the pipe, but we will in the future. The major factor here to determine what is needed is the roof material. You will need a different item if the roof is shingled, or metal.
Instructions and tools
And lastly would be the installation itself. If done in an off the grid setting, you will need to make sure you have a physical copy of the instructions with you, or that you have internet access on site to see the instructions on our webpage. Then you need to consider the tools you will use. If power tools then they would need to be fully charged, or if you will use generator you would need to make sure you have enough fuel, and all the material required to complete the job on the off the grid location.
And that pretty much does it. 1. Choose the stove, 2. Select the mounting option 3. Identify the shielding required 4. Calculate the amount of pipe needed. 5. Install the stove and exit the flue pipe correctly. 6. Relax and enjoy your cubic mini wood stove in your in off-grid cabins & locations.