If you own a wood burning stove, please be advised that some wood burning stove parts do, in fact, wear out.
The good news is that the wood burning stove parts that may wear out are few and far between. There aren’t that many that wear to the point of replacement, and are reasonably easy to find.
When planning to purchase a new wood stove, it is helpful to know which parts are the most likely to wear out.
There is nothing worse than trying to locate parts for something you may have purchased at one time, only to find you cannot get parts for it. To be beneficial in guiding your purchase, it is good to know which parts wear, and how readily available they are to replace. Oh yeah, let’s not forget cost of the wood burning stove parts. You don’t want to pay more for a part than the stove is to replace as a whole!
Wood burning stove parts that may wear at some point over the life of your wood stove are;
- stove connector
- catalytic converter
- door gaskets
- chimney parts
The stove connector, over time, can corrode.
The catalytic convertor eventually gets plugged with residue and requires replacement. The replacement cycle is dependent on your burning habits such as frequency of use, and the quality of fuel you have been burning.
Door gaskets, eventually dry and wear out. When this happens, the door seal is compromised and the wood stove loses efficiency in the wood burning process. The door gaskets are fairly easy to replace for most anybody with or without experience.
The chimney parts that may wear due to manufacturers materials used when produced, as well as corrosion.
Wood burning stove parts can cost anywhere from couple of dollars for a gasket, to upwards of $600 for a high end catalytic convertor.
Like anything else, once you know the parts required, you can research the best pricing available online. Be advised that wood stove catalytic convertors are specific to the stove and are usually not interchangeable.
Depending on your budget, chimney parts may or may not be worth spending a little more money on. For example, if you invest in a double walled stovepipe, the need for replacement is greatly reduced. Double walled pipes last much longer, ultimately saving on the expense of future stove pipe replacement, as well as the labor to replace it.
It is always recommended that the wood burning stove parts that come in contact with corrosive gasses, smoke, ash – are always worth paying more for. Usually the more expensive parts are made of better materials and last much longer. Again saving labor in the long run.
For the more expensive parts that you know have a specific lifespan, it may be prudent to search in advance for sales and promotions. For example, if you know the catalytic convertor wears out in 5 years, you may want to begin searching for a deal before it is expired. Maybe start your search with 2 years remaining?
Firstly, you must identify suppliers of the parts you require, preferably a wholesale supplier and sign up for any email promotions and/or updates.
You might also want to set up a google alerts notification for your stove and required parts. this way, anytime your interested item is indexed by google, you will receive a free alert.
Preparing your wood burning stove parts purchases this way can most likely save you a lot of money, as well as unnecessary aggravation of having something fail unexpectedly.