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Wood Stove Safety

Wood Stove Safety The most obvious drawback to a purchasing a wood stove is that with a wood stove comes fire hazard. Improper use of a wood stove or improper wood stove safety can result in losing your belongings, your home, and even death. A fire hazard is nothing to take lightly, and house fires were extremely common back in the “good old days” when fireplaces and wood stoves were the only way to heat a home. As a result, you need to follow certain steps if you want to succumb to the allure of an old-fashioned wood stove.

You need to make sure there is plenty of space between the stove and combustible areas, which includes the walls and the floor. The easiest way to do that is to have a non-combustible base on the floor, like stones or cement. You need to have the stove installed by a professional, and if you bought or own a home with a pre-installed wood stove, you need to have a professional inspect and potentially clean your chimney. Only burn well-seasoned, dry wood that has been split to fit in a wood stove. Don’t ever start a fire in wood stove with flammable fluids, like gasoline. The fumes will be held in the stove and burst into flames when ignited.  Always be sure to clean your wood stove and properly dispose of the ashes—dumping them in the garbage, for example, is very dangerous if the ashes are still hot. Always keep an eye on your stove, and do not forget wood stove safety by letting your fire burn overnight or unattended.

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