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What to know about wood burning stoves

Wood burning stoves can be a great source of heat for your home, but it's important to know how to safely operate and maintain them. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to wood burning stoves:

  1. Proper installation: It's important to have your wood burning stove properly installed by a professional. This includes ensuring that the stove is placed on a non-combustible surface, the stove pipe is properly installed and vented to the outside, and that there is adequate clearance between the stove and any combustible materials.

  2. Fuel selection: Only burn dry, seasoned wood in your wood burning stove. Wet or green wood can produce excessive smoke, cause buildup in the chimney, and be a fire hazard. Do not burn anything other than wood, such as paper or trash, as this can also be a fire hazard.

  3. Regular maintenance: Regularly clean the inside of your wood burning stove, including the firebox, flue, and chimney. This will help prevent buildup and reduce the risk of chimney fires. It's also important to have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

  4. Safety precautions: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. Do not leave children or pets unattended near the wood burning stove. Install a carbon monoxide detector in the room to alert you in case of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  5. Efficiency: Use a wood burning stove that is appropriately sized for the room you want to heat. This will help ensure that the stove is running efficiently and not wasting fuel.

In summary, wood burning stoves can be an effective source of heat, but it's important to ensure that they are properly installed, maintained, and used safely. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a wood burning stove while keeping your home and family safe.

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