Wood-burning stoves prove to be superb sources of renewable heat during the cold days and months of the year. As an added bonus, the majority of wood stoves are pretty charming and they do tend to radiate a sense of comfort and coziness throughout a home when they are burning. The mere thought of controlling the destructive power of a wildfire and repurposing that mighty force to heat your house can be genuinely appealing and pleasing, don’t you think?
If you yourself own a wood stove, then you must already know what a good investment it’s proven to be. Unless, of course, the time comes for you to move that heavy investment of yours to another location in the same room, to a different room, or to another home altogether.
And when that moment does come, your very first thought will probably be, “How do I move a wood-burning stove by myself?”, followed by the irresistible impulse to call up professionals who will get the risky job done properly.
But wait! What if you could somehow save the money you’d pay professional movers to move the wood burning stove for you?
Read on to learn how to move a wood stove by yourself, and whether you’re up to the stove moving challenge or not.
Why are wood stoves so difficult to move?
The first thing to know before moving a wood stove is that the task of relocating your log burner will be extremely heavy. Well, how heavy?
The weight of a wood stove varies according to the model and manufacturer, but its overall mass does start from around 300 lbs and can easily go up to around 800 lbs, or even more. These are shipping weight values that exclude any actual solid fuel inside them, such as wood logs, coal, wood-derived biomass, pallet, etc.
The extraordinary weight comes from the solid metals used in the construction of these heating appliances – cast iron, steel, or both. So, with an average wood stove weight of above 500 lbs, you can now see why moving your wood burner may prove to be more than you can handle, even with the assistance of a few reliable friends.
The second thing that makes wood-burning stoves so hard to move around is their dimensions – some models reach 36’’- 40’’in height, 29’’- 33’’ in width, and up to 25’’ in depth. It’s the outstanding combination of bulkiness + weight that makes moving a wood stove such a challenging relocation task. Keep in mind that one wrong move or one single tipping accident can cause substantial damage to the floor or the walls of your home, or worse – it can lead to a serious personal injury.
What do you need to move a wood stove by yourself?
It’s time to assess the stove moving situation carefully and decide if you can actually do it without professional assistance. Here’s what you will need to move your freestanding wood stove ether to a new spot within your current home, or transport it to a new house.
- Helpers you can trust. You’re going to need at least 3 friends to accomplish that challenging mission – remember that your wood burner is still super heavy, and it’s still excessively bulky too. If there’s no one you can ask for help, then you should do the sensible thing and hire qualified moving labor.
- A dolly. The right type of moving equipment will really make a difference when relocating a wood stove safely. One flat dolly or a platform dolly (both are 4 wheelers) should be enough to get your heavyweight heating appliance moving in the right direction.
- Rope. Get 2 lengths of strong rope, approximately 6 feet long each.
- Moving blankets. Despite its sturdiness, your wood-burning stove still needs to be protected – more for the sake of your property and your own safety than anything else.
- Sheets of plywood. A few sheets of thick plywood should facilitate the moving process and protect your flooring at the same time.
- A screwdriver. Have an ordinary flat-head screwdriver ready to remove the wood stove door.
- A hammer. Just in case. Don’t worry, you’ll only use it for minor adjustments.
- Work gloves. Get a pair of thick work gloves for each participant in the move.
How to move a wood stove by yourself: step-by-step
Finally, let’s get down to business. Now that you’re aware of the challenges and the requirements of the risky job ahead of you, the time has come to describe the steps to moving a wood stove to another house, or to another location within the same home.
- Step 1. Make sure the wood stove moving operation will be as safe as it gets. Make sure the exit route is 100% clear of obstacles, keep small children and pets away from the moving action and wear closed shoes with anti-slip soles.
- Step 2. Remove the wood stove pipe carefully by either following the instruction manual or using your common sense.
- Step 3. Use the screwdriver to remove its door, griddle, and any other removal part to reduce the load.
Scenario 1: Moving your wood stove in the same home
- Step 4. Place the thick plywood sheets onto the floor and form a continuous protective path from the burner’s current spot all the way to the position you want to move it to.
- Step 5. Depending on the actual weight of the unit, the four of you may be able to lift the wood burner and place it gently onto the nearest plywood sheet. Have two people at each side and lift the heavyweight item using the proper lifting techniques.
- Step 6. If the log burner is too heavy, then you must use the flat dolly to do it. Slide the 4-wheeler under the stove while having your helpers hold onto it, then place the unit gently onto the ground.
- Step 7. Tie one length of rope onto one of the front legs of the heating appliance, and the other onto the second front leg. Have two people pull each rope piece while the rest of you push the heavy object from behind.
- Step 8. Thanks to the low friction factor of the plywood, the super-heavy wood-burning stove should slide fairly easily towards its new location. Once you reach the right spot, position slowly your cherished possession, adjust it and then re-connect the chimney pipe.
Scenario 2: Moving your wood stove to another home
As you can imagine, this task will be much more challenging due to 2 extra major reasons: 1) you will need to overcome more obstacles along the way, and 2) you will need to load the wood stove into a moving vehicle, and later unload it when you reach the new residence.
- Step 9. Wrap the wood burner in thick moving blankets and fix the protective covers in place using some packing tape.
- Step 10. Load carefully the stove onto the moving dolly using all the manpower you’ve got. Use the rope as moving straps and secure well the heavy item to the wheeled assistant.
- Step 11. Have your helpers keep the dolly balanced at all times until the moving vehicle is reached. Go slowly, keep constant verbal communication with each other and devise signals in case a dangerous situation arises.
- Step 12. When you reach the moving vehicle, use the loading ramp to get the massive stove up and into the back of the truck. Have two people pulling the dolly from the front, and two people pushing from the back.
- Step 13. Once in the back of the moving truck, secure the wrapped-up stove to the side of the vehicle so that it won’t move during transport.
Alternatively, you can take a look at an interesting method of moving a wood stove using only one person (you), a couple of car jacks, and an old sturdy skateboard. We cannot guarantee the success or safety of that wood stove moving method – you will have to decide whether it might work in your case or not. Click here to watch the 2:25 minute YouTube clip.
Warning: If you just know that you won’t be able to manage that wood stove moving process safely, hire experienced movers to keep trouble away from your door. How much does it cost to move a wood stove? Request a cost estimate to learn the cost to have professional movers move your wood stove to another home – quickly, safely, and hassle-free.