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Wood Stove Do’s and Don’ts

If you are new to owning a wood stove, it can be hard to know if you’re doing the right or wrong thing. Unless you know someone with a wood stove who is willing to be on speed dial the first few weeks, or you just love reading manuals, this article will help identify some of the major do’s and don’ts of using your wood stove.

Don’t: Use the wrong wood

When you’re burning wood in your stove, you want to use seasoned wood (wood that has dried out for at least a year). Green wood, or freshly cut wood, will not burn effectively and usually just produces a lot of smoke. Don’t ever burn pressure treated wood, fake wood or painted wood. These can all be dangerous. And it’s best to stay away from flammable fluids, as they can spread quickly and get out of control.

Do Clean Your Stove Routinely

Not only will it help the performance of the stove, it will add years to its life. Creosote build up is a major cause of failing or weak performing stoves and can be avoided if you clean your stove, at least once a year. The most important part to keep clean is the chimney and while you may have to pay someone to do that, it’s worth it. You don’t want a clogged chimney in the middle of winter. Not safe for your stove, your houses walls and definitely not safe for your family.

Don’t Forget, There’s Fire in There

If you’re planning on being out for an extended period of time, you may not want to leave your stove on, until you know it inside out. You don’t have to be a slave to your stove, but fire is fire and you want to make sure you know how it behaves before putting your trust in it. Though most modern stoves have many safety features, better safe than sorry. It’s also wise to keep anything combustible as a safe distance.

Do a routine maintenance check

It’s not as hard as it sounds. To make sure your family, home and stove are safe, check periodically for cracks in the base of the stove and the chimney. Also check to make sure the door lock is working properly and the door is shut completely when closed. If you have firebricks below your stove, make sure they are in tact and if not, remove the broken ones immediately. If you do need replacement parts, check out US Stove Company. Their website is one of the most comprehensive around whether you’re looking for videos, US Stove Company parts or need to replace an older stove.

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