Installing a wood burning stove

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With the deck iron in place, it is time to work out the details of setting the stove in place and fitting the flue pipes. The enclosure from the original kerosene heater is lined in asbestos and requires some modification to make it more effective. Basically, the floor of the enclosure needed to be raised and leveled, and the space below converted to a short term fuel storage spot. A simple carpentry effort made short work of that.

I’ve re-used the asbestos sheets that lined the space. Asbestos is very dangerous as dust, but as long as it is stable, it presents no health hazard. Reusing it involved making a few cuts (dust), but also keeps the material out of the landfill, so the tradeoff seems reasonable to me.

The alternative to asbestos is to create a heat shield which is comprised of sheet metal (typically copper or stainless steel) offset from combustible surfaces by an air barrier (1 inch is the standard recommendation). In designing mine, I educed that air space to 1/2 inch as the enclosure is already lined with asbestos.

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