Installing a pellet stove in the basement of your home can be accomplished with ease if you are willing to follow the installation instructions for the stove to the letter. A pellet stove basement installation requires many specifics to be met to install the stove properly and ensure that it can be operated safely by the homeowner.
The specifications that are listed in the manufacturer’s instructions can be complex, but if further clarification is needed, the homeowner can always call the manufacturer for assistance in deciphering the instructions.
Placing The Pellet Stove
Before installing the pellet stove in the basement of the home, the homeowner will need to decide where to place the pellet stove for the best effect in the room. For some homeowners, the decision is easy because there is already a brick hearth or a designated open area for the placement of items such as these. For other homeowners, a space will need to be created for the placement of the pellet stove in a safe area.
The pellet stove will need to be placed on a surface that matches the manufacturer’s specifications in material, depth, and minimum size. There are a number of different materials that can be used for placing the pellet stove on and many of these materials come in a number of different shades and hues to match the existing décor of the basement area.
Some materials are sturdier and less susceptible to damage than other materials, so this should be taken into account when choose a base material to place the pellet stove on.
Venting The Pellet Store
Every pellet stove basement installation that is not part of an existing structure will need to be vented properly to keep the stove working correctly. The venting can be attached to other venting in the home or vented directly outdoors if the vent can be placed in a safe area.
Before installing the pellet stove, be sure that there will be no obstructions to venting the stove from the area that you have chosen or you will find yourself moving the stove and redoing the installation in an area that is better for venting the stove.
Proper venting of the stove is very important to the health and safety of the individuals in the home. Improper venting could cause smoke and ash to remain in the home, which can aggravate asthma or other breathing disorders, or could cause the build up of carbon monoxide in the home, which could be deadly to people and pets inside the home. There are certain materials that should never be used for venting a pellet stove, including PVC pipes, dryer vent hoses, and gas appliance vent hoses.
The air within the pellet stove is generally moved through the stove and out of the vent by a small exhaust fan located within the stove. This fan is generally powered by electricity so the stove must be located near an electrical outlet in the home so that the stove can be plugged in.
There are very few pellet stoves available that do not use a fan and instead use a natural draft to keep the air moving within the stove and if the homeowner decides to install one of these types of pellet stoves, they must ensure that the draft captured is strong enough to keep the air within the stove moving correctly.