As the weather gets colder, many people choose to stay at home and enjoy the cozy warmth of a wood stove. Using a wood stove not only helps keep your home comfortable but can also save you money on your electricity bill. However, it’s important to use a wood stove safely to prevent accidents such as fires and smoke. This article provides some simple safety tips for using a wood stove in your home.
Types of Wood Stoves
There are several kinds of wood stoves that are suitable for indoor heating. Most of them are classified as wood-burning stove inserts and free-standing.
While wood stove inserts are modified to fit within the fireplace opening and vent through the chimney, freestanding wood-burning stoves stand comfortably inside a room and use a connector to connect to the chimney. Often, wood stoves share the chimney flue of an existing fireplace, but sometimes they vent to another chimney which is designed mainly for wood-burning stoves.
General Safety Tips For Using A Wood Stove
- If you are buying a new wood stove, make sure to have it installed by a qualified chimney professional.
- Choose a wood stove that is made to modern standards and is approved by nationally recognized testing laboratories.
- Before you use your wood stove, have your chimney, flue vents, and wood stove inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Make sure to determine if your chimney is suitable to use for your wood stove.
- For the DIY task, make sure to check the hinges, latches, and gaskets regularly and pay attention to signs of damage.
- For the free-standing wood stove, place it near the woodstove to limit the length of the chimney connector.
- Make sure your home has smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install them on every floor and test them often to make sure they work correctly.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in your home, and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
The Do’s and Don’ts Of Using a Wood Stove
- Keep children and pets away from a wood stove when it is being used. The outer surfaces of the stove, as well as the flue pipe, are extremely hot.
- Place your wood stove on a fire-resistant base or flooring.
- Keep combustible materials such as curtains, upholstery, mattress, and others at least 3 feet away from the wood stove.
- Remove ashes regularly and dispose of them in a metal-covered container. Let the ashes cool down before discarding them. Then, place the container outside at least 10 feet away from your home and other buildings.
- Don’t overfire a wood stove. Making a larger or hotter fire than what you need may lead to damage to your stove.
- Burn only well-seasoned or dry wood such as ash, hickory, oak, beech, or maple. Do not burn green wood or trash in a stove as it can lead to creosote buildup or chimney fire.
- Don’t start a fire or increase its intensity using a flammable liquid such as gas or kerosene. These substances may explode.
- Don’t allow ashes to accumulate in the stove as it can block airflow, retain heat, and take a while to extinguish.
- Never leave a burning wood stove unattended. Put out the fire before going to bed or leaving your home.
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