We get it: Your cookstove has seen more winters than you can count, it needs some tuning up and you’re not exactly sure how to do it so you go looking for the manual. Unfortunately, it’s been years since you’ve seen in and it may as well have sprouted legs and wandered off. The stove’s manufacturer is out of business and/or just doesn’t have any contact information, so you’ve got nowhere to turn to in order to find that cookstove manual.
The following post on chimney installation comes from Michigan State University, and offers some valuable tips and technical details on the process.
The hazards of heating with a wood stove include fires started by heat radiated or conducted by the stove, stove pipe or chimney to walls, floors and other combustible materials; fires started by sparks and glowing coals falling out of front loading stoves when opened, and fires started by flames leaking out of faulty chimneys or burning or glowing material coming out of the top of the chimney. A chimney flow reversal is also possible, leading to either flames or smoke coming out of the stove’s air inlets.