Do Wood Stoves Need A Fresh Air Intake Installed? - Ask the Expert Episode 286

Today's question is from Austen.

"Hey Dan. If your wood burning stove has a fresh air intake, do you have to hook it up?"

Well, um, so yes, probably. Wood stoves require fresh air to burn, because that's how fire works. And so, a wood stove is going to get air from somewhere. Certain wood stoves might not have to have a fresh air intake specifically connected to outside the house, since it can get enough air from inside the house. That's probably a smaller wood stove. But the bigger you get, the more air you're going to need, and some say you need the fresh air intake, you can't pull from the air in the house.

So if a manufacturer says here is a fresh air intake, we would recommend installing it.

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