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Make Sure You Wood Stove Enthusiasts Follow Proper Safety Measures

- Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Fireplaces and wood stoves are used  to help heat homes all across the country during the chilly months of the seasons. And if you have a wood stove then you know that wood heat is a renewable energy source that has many benefits. However, if not careful the use of wood heat can result in problems. So we want to provide some safety tips to remember during the winter time.

The first thing to do each and every year is to have a chimney sweep clean the flue. This will remove the creosote that had built up. Creosote is the black substance that condenses in the flue or stove pipe. Check the clearance of combustible materials from the fireplace or wood stove. The needed clearance will vary depending upon the model of the wood stove. Hearths should extend at least 18 inches on the floor in all directions and of course be non-combustible. The clearance from the wall depends upon use or not of a heat shield. A good rule of thumb is keeping combustibles 36 inches away.

Care should also be taken with the wood that is intended to be burned. Firewood should not be stored directly next to the house or inside. To do so risk bringing in wood destroying insects such as carpenter ants, termites and powder post beetles. It is better to bring in the wood as you need it. Always burn suspect wood immediately once brought inside to kill any bad bugs. Wood stoves are a great investment and if you’re like many Americans who love the feel and smell of a wood burning stove, then we have the perfect stoves for you. Contact us today to find out how you can get your very own wood stove, or even if you need any accessories for your fireplace needs. We have a wide selection of stoves, fireplaces, and accessories, so be sure to check them out!

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