Every wood stove in cottage country is connected to at least a few pieces of black stove pipe. The safest installations include screws securing each pipe joint.
- A handful of #10 x 1/2-inch pan head screws, a red-handled Robertson screwdriver and a drill with a sharp 1/8-inch drill bit are all you need.
- Connect your stove to its chimney with black pipe and then drill three screw holes through the overlap at equal points around the perimeter.
- Torque the screws home and you’re done.
- The coarse thread of the #10 screw resists stripping as pipes are removed and replaced for cleaning.