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5 Wood Burner Safety Tips

A wood-burning stove can be a wonderful addition to your home. It can give you and your family a warm, homey feeling, both literally and figuratively, and can enhance your home’s décor. However, anytime you have exposed flame in the home there are risks, and it’s important to have a good understanding of wood-burning stove heating safety to prevent any fire mishaps. Read on for some great wood burner safety tips.

 

1. Preventive Maintenance and Operations

It’s a good idea to call in a qualified professional every few months to check your stove and make sure everything is in working order and that there are no parts you need to replace. Your maintenance professional should also be able to discuss maintenance tips you can perform on a more regular basis. One thing you can always do is to make sure to clean the stove thoroughly after burning wood. The buildup of wood-burning after effects can easily create a fire hazard. You can clean much of your stovepipe and chimney with a wire brush.

2. Use the Right Fuel

The only thing you should be burning in your wood-burning stove is wood, preferably well-seasoned hardwoods that have been split, cut and air-dried for over a year for the best, cleanest burn. Woods that are green, soft or wet will produce too much smoke, which can fill up your house and cause problems. They can also accelerate creosote buildup. Creosote is a substance that can condense against the walls of your stovepipe or chimney in the form of anything from a sticky, runny liquid to a hard, glazed tar, which will be very difficult to clean off.

3. Chimney Safety

It’s important to observe proper chimney safety with a wood-burning stove. You must have a factory-built, masonry or UL-listed chimney, not a single brick chimney. Double-brick chimneys are OK once you have surveyed them and made sure they are intact. Do not connect your stove to the same flue that vents an oil burner, as it could become a conduit for toxic oil vapors into your home.

4. Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers should be near the stove, easily seen and accessible to everyone, even children or disabled household members. All family members should be trained in using them.

5. Fire Alarms

Functional fire, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are crucial for your safety. Make sure to install them and test them regularly.

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