Heating Stove Installation and Venting

Installation guidelines described on this page provided by the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA standards are the basis for many local codes. 

Wood or Coal Heating Stoves

Wood-burning stoves must be located a minimum of 36 inches from unprotected woodwork and other combustible materials or furniture or 18 inches from non-combustible walls. The addition of a heat shield or other protective devices, to the wall or the stove, allows a reduction of those distances by 50%. This allows for an installation 18 inches from a combustible wall and 9 inches from a noncombustible wall. Wood-burning stoves needs to be vented through a class-A, double-walled chimney.

Gas or Propane Heating Stoves

An antique heating stove with a gas conversion must conform to the clearances for a wood-burning stove (above). The converted heating stove needs to be vented. This is done through a class-B, single-walled chimney. Set ups to Propane (LPG) and Natural Gas available on all models. With a gas conversion the total BTU ranges from 20,000 to 35,000.

Electric Heating Stoves

The electric converted heating stove does NOT need to be vented. 5,000 watt or 18,000 BTUs. 220 volt. 30 amp.