Wood stoves are an excellent choice for heating your home during the winter and providing an added touch to your living room décor. However, the pipes that connect it to the outside can be unattractive and clash with your home’s décor.
In this article, we’ll show you how to cover your stove pipes in a creative and decorative way without compromising the style of your home… Here we go!
Why cover the pipes?
It is true that industrial decoration has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this industrial style, pipes are a starring part of the decor. In this case, it may be appropriate to leave the pipes visible and not cover them up, as this can add an authentic and rustic touch to the industrial aesthetic. Also, decorating these pipes in plain sight is simpler, as it is not a matter of covering them up, but rather they are part of the decor.
However, it is important to remember that the decoration should not compromise the safety or energy efficiency of the stove. If you decide to leave the pipes visible, it is important to make sure that they are installed correctly and that they do not pose a danger to people or nearby objects. You can find out how to install your stove pipes by clicking here.
On the other hand, industrial style decor may not be your thing. The tubes may be unsightly and clash with your home’s décor. Before you cap the tubes, we recommend that you consult with a qualified professional or the manufacturer of your fixture.
Tube Capping Options
There are a variety of options for pipe capping, ranging from simple and inexpensive solutions to more elaborate and expensive options. Some of the most popular options are:
Using a tube screen or tube protector
A tube screen or tube protector is a simple and effective option for covering the tubes of your appliance. These protectors are usually made of metal, glass or stainless steel. They come available in a variety of designs and styles.
It is important to keep in mind that the tube protectors should not obstruct the stove’s output or interfere with its energy efficiency. Therefore, be sure to choose a pipe protector that is right for your stove and install it correctly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Covering pipes with decorative materials
Another option is to cover the tubes with decorative materials. You can create a custom wooden box to fit the tubes and decorate it with paint, wallpaper, or any other material.
It is important to make sure that the materials chosen are heat resistant and specifically designed for use near these appliances. It is recommended that you use materials with a fire rating. In addition, they should be thick enough to prevent them from being burned or deformed by heat.
You should make sure that the materials are not too close to the appliance and that they do not obstruct its air outlet. Consult your appliance manufacturer for more information.
Covering the pipes with stone or brick
If you are looking for a more resistant option, you can choose to cover the pipes with stone or brick. This type of installation requires the help of a professional. Make sure the structure is well built and secure. You should also take into account the additional weight that will be added to the stove and make sure it can support the additional load.
Tips for capping the pipes of your appliance
Regardless of the option you choose to cap the tubes, here are some safety tips:
- Make sure the solution you choose is non-flammable. Make sure the materials are treated with flame retardant products.
- Leave enough space around the pipes. It is important to leave enough space around the pipes so that they can dissipate heat properly. Otherwise, too much heat may build up. Take into account the safety distances recommended by each manufacturer. You can check how the pipes of a wood-burning fireplace should be positioned here.
- Make sure the solution is easy to clean.
- Consider ventilation. It is important to make sure that the chosen solution does not hinder the ventilation of the wood stove. If you cap the stove pipes, make sure there is still enough ventilation for the stove to operate efficiently and safely.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us! We hope this post has served as a guide. Take a look at our blog and find solutions and recommendations to help you with your fireplace or wood stove.
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