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Anyone who is thinking of putting in a wood stove has a lot of different things to consider. One of the most important is providing a good means for getting rid of combustion gases through some type of chimney. This may be a masonry chimney, some type of prefabricated chimney, or it may mean the repair of a chimney now on the house that may not have been used for many years.

All wood burning stoves need a tight, well-designed and properly constructed chimney to get rid of gases. This chimney must help in the efficient use of the stove and must also be built for safe use. Most homeowners who add a stove will either have to build a chimney or check to see if the existing chimney is in good condition.