Can You Use Foil Tape On Stove Pipe

Can You Use Foil Tape On Stove Pipe

 Written by Timothy Spencer |  Fact Checked by Brian Dean |  Edited by Josh Reynolds

Last Updated: September 17, 2022

Generally, it is not recommended to use foil tape on a stove pipe by the cooktop manufacturing companies as well as foil tape manufacturing companies. Reasons? Plenty.

Though in some cases, using foil tape on a stove pipe can help to create a tight seal between the pipe and the wall or other surface it is attached to, which can help to prevent leaks. 

However, it cannot resist the temperature. Plus it is not very good for irregular shapes and with the passage of time it’ll lose its durability.

Not only this, using foil tape on a stove pipe can also create a dangerous fire hazard. As such, it is always important to consult with a professional before using foil tape on a stove pipe.

Moreover, the type of your gas pipe does also play a role here. A steel pipe would become hotter more expeditiously. Hence, harmful to foil paper. In the meanwhile, a plastic pipe will take lesser time in exceeding the prescribed temperature. But still, plastic or not, the foil tape will erode out.

Key Takeaways:

Do not use foil tape on your gas stove pipe, it tends to fail quickly on stove pipes curvy edges. 

If you are intending to buy one for your gas stove pipe then you should go for tape which has Underwriter Laboratory (UL) logo.

Any tape that has this logo i.e. mastic, butyl, or heat approved tape, in this regard, could be best for you. 

You can also check the label on your stove foil packing, if it warns from exceeding 150 degrees Fahrenheit then don’t use it.

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As per Research:

US Department of Energy, in their detailed research upon the home Sealing and Insulating Ducts in Existing Homes, have abstained from using foil tape or duct tape for sealing, in consideration of reason that these tapes are thin and are not able to conform with the curves and irregular shapes. Hence, these tapes can get punctured and can torn apart.

case study quote

You can download the full case study from here: U.S. Department of Energy

Foil Tape & Its Usage alongwith its different types

(in Aluminium Silver Color)

DIFFERENT SIZES

48mm x 46m

72mm x 46m

48mm x 9.1m

CODE APPROVALS

UL 723 
Classified

Sealing joints and seams in duct work

Yes

Yes

Yes

Insulation seaming, patching and repair

Yes

Yes

 

Sealing bath fan installation ducts

  

Yes

Sealing class 1 flexible duct connections

   

Sealing dryer vent ducts

 

Yes

 

Sealing fiberglass duct board connections

   

Sealing sheet metal ducts

   

Seal, patch, joining and repair Stove pipes

   

Secure and protect HVAC line set jacketing

   

Emergency automotive repairs

Yes

Yes

 

Note:
You can use Foil Tape only for those task where its been written as ‘Yes’ and should not use it for all the remaining things where its been left empty’ 
This information was shared by HomeDepot and you can clearly see that they are forbidding from using foil tape on pipes

Other Relevant FAQs

What can you use to seal stove pipes?

3M tape may be utilized in temperatures as high as 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Stove pipe sealant tape prevents leaks from stove pipe seams or hot air ducts. Use this tape to save money on heating and cooling bills.

Can I use duct tape instead of foil tape?

Duct tape is the most versatile sort of tape and is used by many people for a variety of DIY tasks. To give strength and flexibility, modern duct tape is constructed with woven fibers. Although it is vulnerable to high heat and leaves a residue when removed, it can be utilized in almost any place heavy-duty adhesion is required. As a result, duct tape should never be used to seal a stovepipe.

But as stated before, you should only opt for duct tape or any other tape that has underwriter logo (UL).

Will foil tape work on exhaust?

Yes, it will work. Rather you can use it around your car exhaust manifold, or exhaust pipes. But it cannot be used to join gas stove pipes.

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Can you put heat tape inside a pipe?

Yes, there are many different types of heat types that can be used inside a pipe. They can be an excellent choice for joining stove pipes.

Can you use tin foil for a pipe screen?

Tin foil can be used to build a cannabis pipe screen. Simply cut a piece of aluminum foil and mold it to fit the bowl. Then, using a toothpick or a paperclip, puncture some holes in the foil. Check that they are not overly large.

Conclusion:

So, it would be appropriate to advise here that you should not go for foil tape to wrap on stove pipe having underwriter logo or not.

As recommended again you can always call a professional to get the better idea whether the tape that you have in hand is best for stove pipe or not.  However, you can cover your gas stove with aluminium foil.

If you have further questions then you can let us know by commenting below.

External Sources:

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Hearth
  • HomeDepot
  • Reddit
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