Englander & Summers Heat

Installation Tips
Wood Stoves

Please Note:  The following instructions apply to England's Stove Works wood stoves.  They are intended as a guideline only. Please refer to your specific stove's owner's manual for particular instructions for your stove.

Masonry Chimney
All measurements shown on chart are minimum amount allowed.
(See "Notes" for exceptions) .
Pre-manu -factured Chimney
Freestanding Installation--Wood
Wood Stove Installed
England's Stove Works recommends the use of
brand chimney pipe on its stove products. 

1. Horizontal run not to exceed 6".

2. When using heat shield (optional on some models), wall clearance can be reduced to 6".
3. Floor protector required.

1. Horizontal run not to exceed 6".

2. Total flue length should not exceed 25".
3. When using heat shield (optional on some models), wall clearances can be reduced to 6" in conjunction with double-wall or shielded pipe.
4. Floor protector required.

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Simpson parts available for your stove's installation include:
Through-the-roof installation:
Chimney Cap, Extended Roof Bracket, Chimney Sections, Storm Collar, Ventilated Flashing, Attic Insulation Shield, Firestop Radiation Shield, Support Box, DVL Connector Pipe with a Close Clearance Adapter OR Dura-Black Stovepipe with a Snap-Lock Adapter OR Dura-Black Slip Connector.

All measurements shown on chart are minimum amount allowed.

Through-the-wall or into a flue:
Chimney Cap, Dura/Plus Chimney, Storm Collar, Ventilated Flashing, Wall Strap, Tee, Tee Support, Wall Thimble, DVL Pipe with a Close Clearance Adapter OR Dura-Black Stovepipe with a Snap-Lock Adapter.

Insert Installation--Wood
Wood Insert Installed

1. Use approved floor protector in front of unit--min. size is 16"x36".

Minimum clearances to combustible materials:

(A) 24" from sidewall to unit.

(B) 10" from side trim to unit.
(C) 18" from top trim to unit.
(D) 24" from unprotected mantle to unit; 12" from protected mantle to unit.
The ESW wood-burning insert comes standard with a 32"x46" fireplace cover and mounts directly on your hearth.

Glad you asked!  Installing an England's Stove Works stove isn't that difficult, but if you know and follow a few instructions, the process will be even easier.

Existing Flue System

     If you have chosen a freestanding unit, this stove is designed to connect to an existing flue system, such as masonry or pre-manufactured Class A Flue systems. If you have a masonry flue system, you should inspect the inner liner very carefully for cracks in the liner; if there is no liner in your chimney, we recommend you install a stainless steel liner or have one installed. If you have an existing pre-manufactured flue system, you should inspect the inner liner to ensure there is no buckling or warping and no cracks in the liner.

     Whether you have a masonry or pre-manufactured flue system, you should clean the chimney before installing your new unit to the flue system. We strongly recommend you have a qualified chimney sweep clean and inspect your flue system. The sweep can spot problems you may unknowingly overlook, and in most cases will be able to make any necessary repairs or at least recommend qualified people to do so.

It is not permissible to connect this unit to a chimney that is servicing another unit.

Flue Size Needed

     The proper flue size is determined by the inside diameter of the flue collar of the unit. Most of these stoves are equipped with a six inch (6") top or rear exhaust collar; therefore, the connector pipe should be six inches (6") and never less in diameter than the flue collar on the stove. The area of the chimney liner must also be equal to or greater than the area of the flue collar on the stove. However, if the area of the flue is greater than the area of the flue collar, it should never be more than three times greater.

      Example: The area of a six inch (6") diameter collar is 28.87 sq. inches; therefore the connector pipe should be a six inch (6") pipe and the chimney liner must be at least 28.87 sq. inches, but no greater than 84.8 sq. inches.

Top or Rear Exhaust

     Most of these stoves come with an adaptable top or rear exhaust flue system. When you open the box you will notice the unit is shipped for a top exhaust application; however, if you need a rear exhaust application, unbolt the cap from the rear of the unit. Then, bolt it in place covering the hole on top of the unit, and bolt the six inch (6") flue collar on the rear of the unit using a 3/16" Allen head wrench; making sure all bolts are tight and the gasket is in place. Connector pipe should be 24-gauge steel and eighteen inches (18") from the wall or ceiling, unless you are using double wall or shielded pipe. This will reduce the clearance to combustibles to six inches (6").

Installation of a New Flue System

Masonry Flue: In the event that you plan to install a flue system by yourself or have a flue system installed, there are several avenues you can take. A masonry flue system today is a popular and satisfactory system. If you are considering a masonry system, you should consult with your local building officials for the proper procedures in construction of a masonry chimney. We recommend you consult with and have your flue built by a licensed, bonded contractor.

     Most masonry flues are placed against the outside wall and extend upward beside the house. The flue thimble is then inserted through the wall, making connection with the vertical flue and the stove flue pipe. Exercise extreme caution when drilling through the wall; you must maintain proper clearance between the connecting liner and any combustibles in the wall.

     W e also recommend that you have a flue door located at least two feet (2") below your flue thimble connection for easy access, and clean-out. You should make this door as airtight as possible. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure the chimney or flue system is safe and in good operating condition.

Pre-Manufactured Flue System: Pre-Manufactured flue systems have become very popular, because this type system is fairly easy to install and when done correctly, it is very safe. There are many pre-manufactured flue systems on the market from which to choose. In making your choice be sure the system has a recognized label of approval such as U L, B.O.C.A. or I.C.B.O. -- any of these approvals will ensure the flue system is constructed of the proper materials and meets required safety standards.

     There are two popular methods for installation of a pre-manufactured flue system.

The first method, the most popular and least expensive, is through the ceiling and out the roof. This is the most direct route and creates a tremendous amount of draw due to having less pipe in the system, and is less expensive because insulated pipe is only needed from the ceiling and above. Single wall 24 gauge or thicker pipe is used from the unit to the ceiling.

     The second method for installation of a pre-manufactured system is to go through the wall and up the side of your home or structure. This method is more expensive because more insulated pipe is required -- you must use insulated pipe through the wall and up the outside of your home. Whether you choose to go through the ceiling or through the wall, you must exercise extreme caution and maintain proper clearances to combustibles in either installation. Your flue pipe manufacturer furnishes a wall thimble or ceiling support box, and when these are installed properly the correct safety clearances will be met. If you choose a pre-manufactured flue system and you are not qualified or capable of installing the system, you can consult your local dealer. In most cases he can recommend a contractor or sweep that can handle the installation. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure the chimney (or flue system) is safe and in good operating condition.

Unit Placement

     The first problem you might encounter is getting the unit into your home. All ESW stoves are well constructed which makes them rather heavy. To lighten the unit and make for easier handling, remove the door and the firebrick -- we also recommend using a handcart. As a rule, three or four adults can handle any of these stoves. Never try handling any of these products without help! After the unit has been placed in position, replace the brick and door. Install the flue collar and the spring handle on the door and the by-pass slide damper and attach any optional equipment.

Chimney Connector Pipe

     The black connector pipe must be six inches (6") in diameter (24 gauge steel pipe). Do not use aluminum or galvanized steel -- they cannot properly withstand the extreme temperatures of a wood fire. Do not use chimney connector pipe (single wall) as a chimney; you must connect your stove to an approved chimney.  A chimney connector must be attached to the stove and to each other with the crimped end toward the stove. This allows creosote to run into the stove and not onto the outside of the stove. All joints should be cemented and secured with three sheet metal screws. For proper operation, the chimney connector should be as short as possible and horizontal lengths of chimney connector pipe should have an upward slope from the stove of inch per foot. Maintain eighteen inches (18") of clearance between the chimney connector and the wall and ceiling unless a wall protection system is installed. You can also use double wall or shielded pipe.


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Revised: January 25, 2001.