I believe every tiny house begins with a story, some are personal where others are simple. Our Tiny Home story begins with installing a wood stove because the shed is cold right now and it needs heat.
For weeks Robert has been telling me we should get a wood stove so we can begin transforming the shed into our Tiny Home. I just kind of smiled saying, “Can’t we do this after Christmas?” Blake was here, it was cold and the idea of another unfinished project was more than I could embrace at the moment.
The shed was moved over Christmas and I was still getting use to the new location, but here’s the thing the cold was getting to us and the shed doesn’t have a heat source, which means a wood stove really was a great place to begin.
This new project led us to our favorite store, Fix and Feed in Commerce, Texas. This place is smaller than traditional box stores but it carries everything, it’s organized and the customer service is incredible. It’s common to be asked at least 5 times if you need help which is another reason why we keep coming back.
We left there with a new wood stove, the piping and additional things for more projects… The projects never end and wait till I walk you through this one, Robert had this stove install finished in an hour.
Installing Wood Stove Begins with the Floor
The shed is new, we purchased it in town in the fall, view here. It’s basically framed in so installing a wood stove would be a breeze, but I didn’t realize it was going to be a quick breeze. Maybe Robert just works really fast?
We already had mounting stones so he brought six inside and placed the stove on top. I wasn’t too sure I liked this plan but it works for now. I have a idea for later that will transform those stones into a “How did you do that moment” for now they just look like this.
Additional wood stove floor options would include floor mats, tile and brick. I hear vinyl flooring is also acceptable; these are things to research ahead of time if your installing a wood stove in your existing or new home.
Next Up – Cutting through the Frame to Add Chimney Pipe
A list of tools was necessary and let me add this project wasn’t planned out and I really had no idea he wanted to insert the stove the same day we purchased. Crazy I know!
Depending on the wall your cutting through you may need to use additional tools to complete your wood stove install.
- Jig Saw
- Screw driver
Installation began with Robert lining up the Chimney to the wall after connecting the first pipe to the stove. Tighten the connection with screws then he drew a circle on the wall where the pipe would lead outdoors.
This is where I got a little nervous because a hole in the building, well that never sounds good. He drilled between the frame so this step really was a breeze and he opened the cutting position using a drill. Once the whole was made then he used a jig saw and cut the circle.
It wasn’t a perfect circle but it worked and before I got these pictures he was already outside adding the pipe covering.
Making Sure It Fits
The pipe fit through the hole which was a big “High Five” moment even though there were gaps. This was expected and it comes with a solution in just a moment.
Adding the Smoke Stack Covering
I’m not really sure what you call this metal piece, I think it’s referred to as a vacu stack cover? – It reminds me of something you’d see off a smoke house so that’s why I’m calling it, a Smoke Stack Cover.
Anyways I thought it was cute because the shed roof is metal and they match, this piece just snaps right on.
Closing Gaps with High Temp Sealant
Remember those gaps? Robert used high temperature sealant and will then cover with a fitted metal piece that presses flat against the wall.
The install was completed in an hour and the following day he was out there warming up the shed with firewood in hand.
This was an affordable project; the stove was $250 and everything else including tax left us under the $400 price range. A pretty simple investment for long term results is something you can’t pass up. These wood stoves are perfect for heating up Tiny Houses but would also be good for warming up any work shed.
I’m told the next Tiny House project involves wire, insulation and wall covering. I may have a finished office space before spring, I’ll keep you posted.
Update on Install
Since this install we changed up a few things and a reader pointed out adding a DuraVent. I really appreciated this suggestion because we haven’t been able to find one until she shared this link here.
We also included additional exterior pipe and eventually we’ll finish those walls. For now this building is just our shed and we don’t use the stove that often so it’s good to go.
When it’s completely done we’ll be sure to share the end result.