My first contact with Anevay was in 2016, when I just got back from Sweden and actively started building. I was especially interested in the Traveller, with 2 extra wings to cook on, even though the stove turned out to be too powerful for the super small space I was building. All the other stoves I could find on the internet were just as powerful, or weren’t suitable for cooking, which was a must for me. Because, as you can imagine, multi-functionality is super important when living on 6 square meters.
At the end of 2017 I got in contact with Anevay again, convinced I was almost ready to install the stove. They had created the Shepherd by then, an even smaller stove, ideal for a small space like min with its 1.8 Kw power. It arrived in the beginning of 2018, and I can now, end of 2018, finally say: she has been installed! Here you’ll find a description of how I did that, and how you could (and shouldn’t) do it too…
– Right measurements
– Read the instructions on the internet…..
Reading the instructions
Most importantly you should arrange the right material. Im my case I’m installing the stove on a solid roof, which has a slight degree but not much. I got a flashing kit from Anevay, but I couldn’t imagine how I could use that. Besides the fact my roof isn’t 45 degrees, not even close, I had no idea how to install it on my roof, as I had the idea it should be screwed upon a tent-roof. If only I had read this explanation, lots would have been clear to me. Because you can install the flashing kit of Anevay onto a solid roof, though maybe in my case not the one of 45 degrees but they got other ones, and it is actually in the same way as what I’ve done now…
Therefore I’ve ordered a similar roof duct on the internet, a straight one, which is specially for EPDM, searching with the term ‘flexible roof duct’. The one I got can stand 105 degrees long term and up to 150 degrees (Celsius) short term, and as an insulated pipe shouldn’t be hotter than 75 degrees, I should be good.
Centimeters and inches
Oh boy, measuring is so important. I’m not so good at it, but I did manage in the end. My trick is not to overthink it. It is important to know where you should make a hole, as you should measure the distance to the wall and other furniture, and it shouldn’t be in the walking path. Did you already decided wether or not to use a heatshield? With it the stove can be closer to the wall. I will use one, as the stove should be 60cm from the wall otherwise. Which would pose a problem: it will almost be standing at the other wall!
Also be aware to make the whole big enough, so there’s space around the pipe to ventilate. Otherwise there’s too big a risk for fire, and besides, the rules don’t allow it. So:
- Measuring is knowing
- Distance to other furniture
- Heatshield or no?
- Big enough hole
Measuring is knowing
Hole through the roof
When you got all right materials and everything is measured up, it’s an idea to make the hole… I thought that was quite scary, and made a few jumps before starting. Did I get everything watertight, is the next step to make a gigantic hole in the roof!
Size of the hole
Of course I hadn’t read those instructions, so I hadn’t thought through the size of the hole. My thought was: the pipe should fit through, so I make it slightly bigger than the pipe. Wrong idea, the hole should be at least 5cm bigger than the pipe. I realized this when I fired up the stove for the first time and felt how hot the insulated pipe get. The 5 extra centimeters are for ventilation, to prevent fire, as I said before. I’ll solve it backwards, but as I hope you read this before installing: 5 cm on all sides!
However, when you’re using the flashing kit of Anevay, they explain in the instructions you should make the hole as big as the inside of the ring. Saves time measuring…
Drilling, cutting, sawing
Finally I started drilling, first from the inside outward. Somebody told me you should make it outward in, but I did have to make a hole all the way through, so I would know where it should be. Which turned out to be a little difficult, because the insulation foil twisted around the drill… So had to adjust the plan a bit: first a hole in the boarding, then cutting the insulation foil, and then drilling all the way through the roof. As you can see I’ve been drilling around too, so I had a better idea where the hole should be. With a lot of drill-holes and a pointy saw I’ve made the hole.
I had put the roof duct already around the pipe, and fixed it with a ring. These flexible flashing kits can be cut into the right size, and with quite some strength and perseverance you can get the rubber around the pipe, so it will be nicely tight and won’t give leakages.
Mom has held the pip downstairs, because I haven’t fixed the pipe on the wall or something. So, while I told her how high the pipe should be, she put the stove underneath it on the right hight. It was a little search, but in the end a potato box had the right size. Sliding the pipes onto each other is quite easy. The first one we had to try out a little, but soon you’ll realize how it works and you can fix the clamps around the two pipes. BE AWARE of your fingers, because those things are strong, and tight… Yap, speaking from experience.
Technic lego for adults, it made me think about that…
Connecting the pipes
– Cut the right size
– Get the right hight
– Fix the clamps
– Mind your fingers!
Fixing the flashing kit
– Seal the sides
Cleaning, glueing, screwing
When you got your hole you can bring all your gear upstairs on the roof. On the instructions of my glue it said I had to clean the roof first with some specific strong cleaner, which I did. I have no idea what kind of poison it was, but it almost ate my fingers away, so I only did it once.
Following, I could glue the roof, and push the flashing kit onto it. Smarty pants me started to put weight onto the flashing kids sides so the glue with get the chance to dry in the right place. I even got really annoyed with the glue when it would’t dry, till I realized I also brought screws and a screwdriver (used it as weight, even!) in order to screw the flashing kit onto the roof… Ah, well…
After I realized this, and screwed all stuff onto the roof, I’ve kit the sides with the glue, so no water can get underneath there neither. Wiping with a wet finger!
Mind your fingers
As finishing touch the cowl should be placed on top. In my case quite exciting, as it shouldn’t be higher than 4 meters, and the cowl is rather big!
Luckily I realized on the last moment the wind breaker should also get around the pipe. Because I have a different kind of flashing kit and because the pipe barely sticks out of my roof, the wind breaker didn’t fit in its right place. This made fixing the cowl a bit more challenging, but I managed. Again: MIND your fingers! This one was if possible even harder than those of the pipes.
Oh and the upper side of the cowl is 3.88m from the ground. A little air in the tires is needed, but it won’t ever be more than 4 meters!!
BE AWARE: actually the cowl should be about 50cm above the highest point of your roof. In this way you’ll have a better stack effect, so, your fire will start easier (and many other advantages). I can’t have it sticking out so much, so I’ll always have to be aware of the stack and placement of the wagon.
Cowl on the roof
– Wind breaker!
– Mind your fingers
– Mind the stack effect: think about how high the pipe should be in order for the right stack, and how high you can have it be.
Burn, baby, burn!
The most exciting part has finally started! The first time to light the fire… I was rather nervous, but have light up many fires in my life, also different kinds, so I figured I should be able to manage. Which I did. It was my first time without paper, because I wanted to manage with the Eco Fuel Starter Kit which I got from Anevay with the stove. The lighters burned like crazy, the kindling wasn’t too difficult either, but the blocks were a bit more of a challenge. In the end I got them all into fire though.
The stack effect was super bad that day and as a consequence the smoke went down outside, so the street was a bit blue. However, the pipe did pull the smoke up, and through playing with the ventilation I could keep the fire going.
I did have a little scare, because when the stove got warm, it started to smoke. It did smell like a stove which hasn’t been on for quite some time, recognizable when you’ve light many stoves… But the smoke, I didn’t know. Luckily Anevay could help me out: it’s most probably the high temperature paint sealing on to the stove.