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Installation and Operating Tips

  • Installation Recommendations: Always maintain adequate clearances when using a wood stove in a tent or shelter. We recommend at least 18-inches between the stove and any combustible material. When using a non-combustible heat shield or fireproof hearth, clearances can be reduced by half. We strongly recommend the use of a Double Wall Pipe Section and a Flashing Kit where the flue exits the tent or shelter. Always ensure the flue exits through a fireproof stove jack and the combustible materials are kept clear of the stove or flue. Whenever possible, secure the legs of the stove using tent stakes, bolts, or other adequate anchors to prevent the stove from tipping over. This is especially critical in shelters prone to movement like a trailer or boat.
  • Operating Tips: Efficient and proper use of a wood stove requires some patience and practice. When starting your fire, it’s important to quickly establish a hot bed of coals to initiate a strong draw of air through the stove and up the flue. Use a good amount of small tinder when starting a fire in the stove, slowly adding larger pieces of wood. Always open the door slowly to prevent smoke spillage into your tent or shelter. Never start a fire using flammable accelerates such lighter fluid. We strongly recommend operating your stove outside for the first several burns to practice your fire starting technique and optimizing burn temperature and rate using the airflow controls. It’s important that your stove burns hot enough to efficiently combust the fuel- when the stove is burning efficiently, little to no visible smoke should be exiting the chimney pipe. If the chimney is belching visible smoke, this is an indication the stove is not burning efficiently. Also avoid overloading the stove with fuel as this can create excessive heat which can warp or damage the stove. 
  • Warnings & Considerations: Never leave a wood stove burning unattended. The surface of Winnerwell Wood Stoves become extremely hot during use, always wear leather gloves and exercise caution when operating the wood stove. Careful supervision of children and pets is mandatory when operating the wood stove to prevent harm or injury. When children or pets are present, we strongly recommend the use of fence panels or a stove guard to prevent unintentional contact with the stove. Only burn clean, dry, seasoned firewood in Winnerwell Wood Stoves. Burning green wood can result in carbon monoxide which is hazardous to health as well as increase the build up of creosote in the flue pipe which can create the risk of chimney fire. Clean the flue regularly (approx. every 20 hours of burn time) to avoid excessive creosote build-up which can inhibit airflow and create the risk of chimney fire. We recommend a Winnerwell Pipe Brush for cleaning the flue. User assumes responsibility for the safe use of this wood stove.