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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

Wood Stove Safety Tips

Nothing takes the edge off of a long, cold winter by lighting up your wood-burning stove. If the power goes out, not only will you and your family be warm, but you'll have a spot to heat a can of soup or even heat water for some delicious hot cocoa.

1. Allow your wood to dry long enough. Usually, this takes anywhere from 1-3 years, depending on your climate. Wood that is too wet will cause a lot of smoke and cause dangerous creosote to build up in your flue and create a fire risk. To get your wood to dry out faster, chop it into smaller pieces and keep it covered if it's stored outdoors.

2. Use a chimney sweep to keep your flue clear of debris and remove creosote.

3. Have annual inspections of your unit to ensure that essential repairs are not needed.

4. Check with your insurance company to ensure that you are adequately covered in case something goes wrong.

5. Always keep your smoke detectors batteries fresh and have a fire extinguisher or two on hand.

6. Burn chimney logs as a part of your cleaning and maintenance schedule. Chimney logs are not to be used to replace the actual cleaning of your wood stove.

7. Keep a close eye on small children and pets.

8. The area around your stove must be tidy and free of clutter. A wood furnace needs a minimum of 3 feet distance from anything.

Does this image look safe to you? While wood next to the stove might be convenient, it might be a fire hazard. Always double check your stoves paperwork for clearance specs.

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