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Old 02-01-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Abbot, Maine
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I am possibly buying a mobile home and want to have a back up heat source. Is it safe/legal to install a pellet stove in one?
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Land Of Moose, Blueberries, and Chickadees
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Some things to be careful with:

Make sure it is installed correctly. They burn HOT.

Make sure you have a good foundation for the stove...like cement or brick. Does your mobile home have that? Does it have a place for a fireplace? You could put a pellet stove in that area, if so...and I mean a real fireplace, not a fake one.

You have to have at least one inch between the wall and the stove as well.

I would be interested to hear from others on this as well. I've wondered if it was too much of a fire hazard but maybe it can be done.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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A pellet stove can be put in a mobile home as long as you follow all the proper clearances. There is a correct clearance for distances from windows and doors so that the fumes don't re-enter the swelling. You'd need to use the proper vent pipe. Double walled pipe would be used where it passed through the wall. The hearth would need to be correct. Distances from any nearby objects would need to be at least the recommended minimums. The stove manual will have all that information. Lastly, get someone from the local fire department to inspect it for safety. And I guess firstly, check with your insurance company to see if they will insure you. Some insurances companies won't carry you if you have wood heat. You definitely would need to start by getting their approval, and they also would probably inspect the installation. At least some insurance co's do.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Good advise there.

Check with your insurance company.

Read and follow all clearance guidelines, as minimums.

I do not like seeing any flammable material within 3 foot in all directions from a stove.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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Today I started shopping for a pellet stove for my mobile home and found out that you need to get one that is rated for mobile homes. A lot of my neighbors have them in their mobiles and say they are great. I liked one at Home Depot on line but shipping is just crazy on it. Tomorrow I am calling my insurance company to see how much mine will go up with pellets I hope very little.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:15 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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Installed correctly pellet stoves are far safer than wood stoves mobile home or not. In addition to the heat resistant floor and walls around it, you will need to inspect and/or clean the chimney monthly during the heating season.
A dirty chimney is the most dangerous part of any wood or pellet stove.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Installed and operated correctly anything is safe.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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Besides safety and insurance issues you may have to consider water/drainage pipes in a mobile home. If the pipes are under the floor they might not recieve enough heat to keep them from freezing as your wood/pellet stove heat will be above the floor. I'm talking the lines from rear bathroom to front kitchen in this case.

This happened to a friend. His water lines ran along side furnace heat ducts under floor but froze on really cold days/nights because he had furnace off and heated with wood. The only time your drain pipes would freeze, normally, would be if you had a dripping faucet. That drip will form an "icycle" in that 1 1/2" - 2" pipe. And if you freeze that drain pipe that goes from your kitchen sink back to the sewer pipe, you got problems.

After that happened a few times, I helped him replumb the house. We ran the water lines above floor alongside wall and boxed them in but put adequate venting so they would get heat from his wood stove. This was a few years ago with a older MH. But I would imagine you would have same problem with newer ones.

He used to keep his cabinet doors below the sinks open during those cold spells also.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Abbot, Maine
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I'm pretty sure they make pellet stove for moblie homes. I have one in my house and now after I've learned how to run it properly,love it.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Brewer
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The last time I checked it was the homeowner's insurance that killed the deal, not the safety of it.
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