Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?

Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met.  The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has been tested and approved by HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to be installed into a mobile or manufactured home.  Other items include: 1) An outside air kit must be installed.  2) The stove most be permanently fastened to the floor.  3) There will likely be increased clearance requirements for the connector pipe, the stove to combustibles and hearth requirements for this type of installation.  Be sure to check the owner’s manual.  4) The stove cannot be installed in a bedroom.  5) The appliance must be grounded to the chassis of the mobile home.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Warrenton, VA

Costello's Warrenton Fireplace & Hot Tub
251 West Lee Hwy
Warrenton, VA 20186

For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

6 Responses

  1. Kim Jacobson Jacobson
    Can I legaly install a wood stove in my mobile home in mobile home park? The lease says no fireplaces or fire pits. My electric heat bill is running $500 a month to heat and I'm disabled and cold. I've been running wood stoves since I've been 10 years old. 40 years... I've been in fire before and lost every in apartment complex I know safety of wood stoves.
    • Dominique Page
      Hello! Thanks for reaching out. Some stoves are approved for Mobile Home. In your situation, by code, you are allowed to use a Mobile Home Approved Woodstove. The only part I do not know is your 'park management', if they allow it or not. Now, you are correct, wood heat provides great savings, and it is more comfortable! All the best!
  2. Jojo
    If a fireplace came already installed in my mobile home is it ok to burn wood?
    • Joseph Bodden
      JoJo: Site unseen, this is a tough question to answer. There are several things to keep in mind. Wood burning appliances must have a mobile home "approval" from the testing agency. Does yours? Clearances are extremely important with an installation in a mobile home. Are your required clearances met or exceeded? Has the chimney been inspected and cleaned by a NFI professional? We would encourage you NOT to use your fireplace until these questions can be accurately answered. Check this list of experts and contact the one closest to you:
      • Sherrilee Openshaw
        How do I know if the wood stove I have can be installed in a mobile home? It's an old wood stove built in the 70's? Thank you
        • Joseph Bodden
          Sherrilee: Thanks for your question. Probably the easiest way to determine if your old wood burning stove is approved for a mobile home application is by a metal tag affixed to the back of the stove. This tag, if present, will be about half the size of a sheet of paper. On it will be clearance information, make, model, manufacturer, date the stove was made and other information. Get this info to your nearest WE LOVE FIRE expert and they should be able to tell you if the stove complies with testing requirements for a mobile home installation. If this tag or the owner's manual does not exist, DO NOT INSTALL the stove. And honestly, Sherrilee, it's a long shot that a stove nearly 50 years old will be able to be installed. A stove that old should be replaced with a new model with the latest combustion technology and the safety designs. You'll get significantly better performance out of a new stove that meets the latest EPA standards and has a reputable manufacturer that allows a mobile home installation. More safety features and more heat from less wood is a win in my book!

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