Installing Wood Stoves yourself
Wood stoves and fireplace inserts can be installed by homeowners particularly if the project does not involve significant masonry work.
Fireplace inserts may be the easiest to install and most come with
fairly thorough instructions on how to do the installation. However
before you attempt this make sure that it is legal in your city and
county for a homeowner to do their own installation. Some areas
have prohibition against this because of concerns about fire safety
and pollution. Even if it is legal to install it yourself you
will, in most cases, expect to have the installation reviewed by a local
When it comes to building something bigger like a masonry heater
you should really think twice before attempting this yourself.
Masonry heaters have to be air tight and at the same time the masonry
work has to built just right to account for the expansion and
contraction of the bricks as they heat and cool. Very few
homeowners have a sufficient level of skill in masonry to handle this
demanding requirement. Only the most skilled stone masons
usually have the expertise to do this kind of work.
Another factor to consider with masonry stoves and with really
large wood stoves is weight. Masonry stoves are extremely heavy and
usually some reinforcement of the framing is required in order to
properly retrofit most homes. This requires skilled carpentry in
most cases. Since many wood stoves also use electric blowers
there are some electrical considerations as well. All in all
installing a masonry stove or a wood furnace is not for the occasional