Can You Use a SWG Power Vent on a Wood Stove?

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Adamiscold
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Post Sat. Aug. 23, 2008 8:57 am

I know this is off topic from our coal stoves but a friend of mine asked about using a power vent for his wood stove and I was wondering if SMG had one for wood stoves or if any of you knew of someone who makes power vents for wood stoves or if there was even such a thing out there?
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Post Sat. Aug. 23, 2008 10:53 am

You can't use them on wood stoves or hand fired coal stoves because of power failures. They don't even have them on large stokers for this reason. The smaller stokers have a relatively very small amount of coal burning so CO poisoning from gases backing up in your house is not an issue because the fire will go out very quickly. A wood fire is in the same boat as large stoker or hand fired coal stove, they will burn for many hours before extinguishing.

In addition to that you have creosote build up, even the ones on the coal stokers need an excessive amount of maintenance and if you throw creosote into the equation...

I'm no expert on the matter but I think the answer to your question is a firm and emphatic NO. Even if you could I would question the sanity of a person that would do it. :P Personally I wouldn't even use one on a coal stoker where its permitted. Other than the safety which I question the maintenance is a big turn off plus the cost that could be put towards a real chimney.
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Post Sun. Aug. 24, 2008 11:06 am

Cool, thanks Richard. :)
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Post Wed. Sep. 30, 2009 9:54 pm

Hi, I searched for this topic for ideas on resolving a problem. I am installing an antique parlor stove in a new great room with a high ceiling and a ridge beam. I wanted the flue to go straight up but the beam will be in the way. My first thought was to go through the wall and dog leg up outside, past or through the eve but that will require a lot of support work for the flue pipe and lead to collection of creosote in the horizontal. My next thought was direct vent but didn't think that was a good idea with the wood stove. Any suggestions would be gretaly appreciated. Thanks Al

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Post Thu. Oct. 01, 2009 1:05 pm

two 15 or 30 degree elbows for an offset from the ridge beam is ok. Keeping the chimney inside the building as much as possible is recommended for better draft. Running outside of building is ok with an insulated chimney but is more unsightly.
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