Wood Stove Damper question

offgridnaturemanNovember 16, 2008

Any opinion on having a damper in the single wall pipe a few feet above a wood stove that is a straight run up 14' feet and through a roof?

Several stove places, and people have said since the stove itself has a front damper, I don't need one in the pipe. I know the stove I grew up with, never had a damper in the pipe, just the one on the door of the stove.

Any thoughts if I should go ahead and install a damper in the pipe? Does a "double" damper system work better than simply using the one on the door of the stove itself?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Old stoves and fireplaces were so leaky that dampers in the combustion exhaust were necessary in order to be able to control the combustion process.

Modern stoves are air tight for practical purposes, and the air controls provided do a better a safer job of controling combustion air.

So the answer is you don't need a damper on the vent stack, that installing one is doubtless not recommended by the manufacturer's installation directions and you are better off without one.

In short: don't do it.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 1:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Thanks for your reply!

My stove is an older, 1980's Fisher Baby Bear, don't know if ya consider that a "modern air tight stove" or not? ; )

Supposedly these were considered good stoves back in the day?

Friends of mine swear I should go ahead and put in a stove-pipe damper, just in case I ever get a really roarin' fire, that would take longer to damp down with the door knob thing, and at that point would be glad to have a "off switch", so to speak in the pipe?


    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 10:04AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
cleaning soot off rock fireplace surround
My rock wall fireplace looks dingy from 50 years of...
Bodart & Gonay Optifire zero-clearance wood FP?
While browsing around shopping for a wood zero-clearance...
Converting wood fireplace to gas fireplace
Help, I'm overwhelmed. Any link to a good site that...
Installing New Granite Tile Over Old Granite Fireplace Surround?
Hi! On my fireplace surround do I have to replace the...
Can woodstove clog a chimney in a month??
We had a Quadrafire 5100 woodburning stove insert installed...
Sponsored Products
Mahogany Bronze Whitehaus WHKPFCR3-9550 Wall Mount Cross Kitchen Faucet
$559.00 | Blue Bath
Orange 11'' Stir-Fry Pan & Lid
$42.99 | zulily
Stratus Blue Spoon
$7.99 | zulily
Wilton Armetale Boston 13 in. Cracker Tray - 109125
$19.99 | Hayneedle
Emile Henry Ceramic 10 in. 5.5 qt. Flame Top Round Dutch Oven with Lid - 614553
$225.00 | Hayneedle
Dimplex 2-Sided Electric Fireplace - BF392SD
Calphalon Simply Enamel Nonstick 11 in. Square Griddle - 1756572
$29.99 | Hayneedle
Blue Sabal Tea Kettle
$16.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™