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What does a stove pipe damper do?

Last Updated: 24th May, 2020

The purpose of a pipe damper is to retard the flow of combustion air, smoke, and gasses in the stove by reducing the flow of smoke and gasses into the venting system. Note: Some stoves incorporate a round or oval pipe-damper attached to the flue collar of the stove.

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Herein, do you need a damper in stove pipe?

Modern stoves usually do not need a damper. the air flow through the stove.It will also slow down the heat loss out of the flue. If closed down too much it will build creosote in the stack.

Beside above, is it safe to sleep in a room with a wood burning stove? You won't need to buy, chop, or carry wood to burn in the fireplace. Also, there is no danger of burning logs, sparks, embers, or smoke. In addition, the fire can be killed quickly if you want to go to sleep. However, gas fireplaces still run the risk of producing carbon monoxide, since you are burning gas.

Beside above, how far should stove be from damper?

Your stove pipe will melt before the damper. Put it one full radius away from the stove, with a little extra space (ie, 6" damper, put the center 4" from the stove) As a prior poster mentioned, you will need to access this damper frequently to control the fire. Rule of thumb is more draft, more air, and more fire.

Can you run stove pipe horizontal?

The pipe should be as straight and short as possible, with sections properly secured. The horizontal portion of the pipe should rise not less than one-quarter inch to the linear foot, to insure a good draft. You should not pass a stove pipe through a combustible wall for a hook-up with a chimney flue.

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How do you install a damper?

Open up the duct work, and drill two holes on opposite edges of the tube. These holes should line up with the pre-drilled holes on the damper. Remove the fasteners from the damper, connect it to the duct through these holes and into the drilled holes, and tighten. Then, seal both sides with duct tape.

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How does a damper system work?

Dampers are like valves that control the flow of your heated and cooled air throughout your home. When an area needs more air from your heater or air conditioner, the thermostat tells the damper to open up and let more air through.

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Can I use my fireplace without a damper?

There is usually a damper built right into the insert. Occasionally there is a throat butterfly damper as well but that is mostly with free standing stoves not inserts. So lets assume when you remove your insert you will have no damper. The Good News: You can put a Chimney Balloon in the flue without a damper.

So Sorazu


How does a damper work in HVAC?

A damper is a valve or plate that stops or regulates the flow of air inside a duct, chimney, VAV box, air handler, or other air-handling equipment. A damper may be used to cut off central air conditioning (heating or cooling) to an unused room, or to regulate it for room-by-room temperature and climate control.

Yaoyao Oman


Should I close damper wood stove?

You don't want to leave your wood stove damper fully open, though, because then the heated air will continue to escape, and your room won't get warm. By closing the damper, it will reduce the oxygen levels in the chimney, and you'll have a longer fire.

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Can I burn my wood stove with the door open?

Wood burning stoves are not designed to be used with the door open. You can use a wood burning stove with the door open but doing so will lose the control of the air flow into the stove, making it operate less efficiently and sending more heat up the chimney rather than out into the room.

Nazariy Tamborini


How do you control the temperature on a wood stove?

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  1. Open both front dampers completely before starting a fire.
  2. Place wood in the firebox and light the fire.
  3. Allow the fire to burn for between 10 to 30 minutes before adjusting the dampers.
  4. Close the front damper slowly and observe the smoke escaping from the chimney.

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Why does my wood stove go out when I close the door?

This can occur due to several factors: The fire was not burning hot enough to produce the draft needed to pull the air into the fireplace. Feed more dry wood kindling before closing down the stove. Open the air shutter all the way to get the fire burning briskly before shutting it down.

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What is a bypass damper on a wood stove?

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The bypass damper is used to bypass the combustor when the loading door is open and when the exhaust is not yet hot enough to make it active. The flame shield protects the combustor from direct flames which can cause uneven heating and shock to the combustor.

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How much stove pipe do I need?

Determine the number of Chimney Pipe lengths required.
The chimney must extend at least 3 feet above the highest point where it passes through the roof, and be at least 2 foot higher than any part of the building within a horizontal distance of 10 feet (Figure 2). The termination cap is installed above this point.

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How do I know if my damper is open?

Perform a visual check.
Using a flashlight, poke your head inside the fireplace to look up into the chimney. If you have a throat damper, you can tell if it is closed if you see a barrier above your head. If you can see up into the flue, the damper is open.