Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

Regina Vigil
Updated: Feb. 27, 2021

We live in a 1400 sq ft home in the Colorado mountains - elevation 8000 feet. Winters are cold and long here. Our home is all electirc so we want to install a wood burning stove to offset heating costs and for heating back up. However, our home is not vented. All we have are the customary cook top, dryer and bathroom vents. During below freezing weather, our home collects much condensation on the inside widows.

We assume this means our home is pretty air tight, although it does get very cold inside without running the EST heater. We have a 3 foot crawl space that spans the entire sq footage of the house. Q: do we need to have a cold air vent installed in our crawl space in order to safely operate a wood burning stove in our home? We want to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Thanks for your help. 

Responses (2)

Regina Vigil 3 years ago

Very helpful. Thanks so much! :)