Heating with wood is as safe as heating with oil, gas or electricity--if a
stove is properly installed and maintained. According to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission only two percent of all wood heat-related fires
are due to faulty equipment, 70 % can be traced to improper installation.
Unless you are extremely handy and willing to spend hours studying codes
and books, leave the chore of installation to a certified chimney sweep.
Putting a stove, stovepipe, and chimney in place are tricky jobs. One
mistake could make a substantial difference in the performance of the
system, not to mention your family's safety.
The key to a proper stove installation is strict adherence to safety codes and
clearances. The National Fire Protection Association clearances pictured
here are minimum clearances. Adhere to these guidelines unless your
owner's manual states otherwise.
"A Clean Chimney Is A Safe And Efficient Chimney"