The amount of wood stove-users increases very quickly due to different reasons. People are in search of various variants for heating their houses. They are looking for something more ecological and cheaper than central gas heating.
And a wood stove helps them conclude these matters once and for all. A wood stove is used to heat the house by burning wood. If the stove is installed correctly, it could heat approximately 600-3000 square feet, depending on the power and size of the stove.
It is hard to say that the wood stove is easy-to-use, but it has plenty of advantages that increase the likelihood of a stove and convince people to buy it.
Is it difficult to move the wood stove?
By the way, sometimes there is a need to change the location of a stove. The most popular reasons are as follows: home renovation, desire to change the room design, incorrect setting of a wood stove that can lead to damaging troubles such as overheating of a stove, fire, etc.
There is a wide range of wood stove models in the marketplace. Usually, manufacturers use steel or cast iron for making a wood stove. Except for this, a customer has an opportunity to select among small, medium, and large-sized stoves.
According to the size and the material the stove is made out of, the weight of a stove may vary between 300-800 pounds. It is impossible to move it with bare hands. On the other hand, we have prepared some tips for you on how to move a wood stove in different ways, saving your mental and physical health.
What and who you need for moving
Moving a wood stove is a major challenge for everyone; therefore, pay special attention to our recommendation to benefit from special moving services that can do everything instead of you (move the stove to another side of the room, another part of the house, or another apartment at all).
But, if you are full of inspiration to move it on your own, read the following list. Remember that you may need only several things from this list, not all of them, depending on the way of moving you will pick.
- A jack. Two ideally, if you have two jacks or can borrow.
- A dolly. It is a useful thing that will help you move the stove quickly.
- A skateboard. Take it in case you have no idea where to buy a dolly.
- Take several plates or boards, if you use a skateboard instead of a dolly.
- Some instruments like a screwdriver, a hammer, etc. for removing the wood stove pipe.
- You need closed-toe footwear with an anti-sliding sole for your safety.
- Sheets of sterner stuff like plywood to protect the floor in your room.
- Patience and good spirit to make everything easy, quick, and without any troubles. We advise you to sleep well before the process and do not start if you are tired in order to avoid a possible can of worms.
- Friends who can support and help you. It would be very nice if someone has the possibility to help you lift the stove, for instance. But do not despair otherwise, you can cope with it by yourself as well.
The process as it is
Stage 1. Do all preparatory work
Be sure that you have prepared everything for moving: instruments, devices, equipment. It is extremely important to have all stuff around to be absorbed into the process without getting distracted.
Stage 2. Be sure that ‘safety first’
Make the environment safe. Wear comfortable clothes and special gloves. Do not forget about the closed-toe footwear to save your fingers in case of a sudden fall of the stove. By the way, keep children and pets away from the room you work in.
Stage 3. Remove the wood stove pipe
You are to start with removing the wood stove pipe using your instruments. Don’t be in a hurry and use a special instruction for removing the pipe if you have some. Use your screwdriver to facilitate the process of dividing the pipe out of the stove.
Stage 4. Protect the floor
Let’s cover the floor with plywood sheets to protect the floor against unpredictable damage. You should lay these sheets on the floor, making something like a footpath, where you will be pulling the stove.
Stage 5. Move the stove with two jacks
When you have done previous steps, keep moving. Take two jacks and place them on both sides of the wood stove. When you lift the stove, put the dolly into the orifice under the stove and fix it properly.
Now, hold the dolly handle if there is any. If not, hold the wood stove handle (door handle, for example) or use a rope at the very least. There is a time to drag a stove along the ‘plywood alley.’
Stage 6. Use a skateboard to move a stove
If you are not lucky enough to have a dolly at home, we want to give you a popular lifehack for such situations. You can do all this stuff, using a simple item, called a skateboard.
The nature of the process does not change. You should lift the stove and put the skateboard into the hole under the stove. If there is a gap between the wood stove and the skate, put some plates or boards on the skate, and everything will work out.
Stage 7. Put the stove down and enjoy the result
When you bring the stove to the needed wall, take two jacks again and put them on both sides of it. Pick up the stove to the right altitude to have an opportunity to remove a dolly or a skateboard with plates effortlessly.
Put the stove down using the jacks. After that, drop the jacks away and enjoy the result of the process. Congratulations, you have moved your wood stove!
The process of moving a wood stove takes careful preparatory work to be done perfectly. It is vital to commit to some safety regulations when you work with a set of instruments and heavyweights. Do not forget to read a brief overview of the model of your stove and the wood stove pipe.
You will find this information practical during the process of installation and removal. Always keep in mind your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Follow these easy steps and our recommendations, and we assure you that you got this.