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Preparing The Wood Stove For Winter: 7 Critical Tasks

Sunday, October 16, 2016 22:43
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Preparing The Wood Stove For Winter: 7 Critical Tasks

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I have three wood-burning stoves: a wood-burning cook stove in the kitchen of my cabin, a box stove with a glass door in the living room, and a boxwood, cast iron stove in the garage.

I’ve learned the hard way that some general inspections and maintenance can go a long way toward preventing problems when the weather gets frigid.

While there are some routine maintenance checkups and repairs we might consider, creosote is a major problem and threat in any wood-burning stove.

Creosote is a buildup of carbon-based chemicals in a stove and especially in stovepipes and chimneys. There are a variety of causes that lead to creosote buildup:

  • Burning green or unseasoned woods that create excessive smoke and release numerous chemicals into the smoke.
  • Burning at a low temperature, which also creates excess smoke.
  • The effects of temperature on a stovepipe, especially through a cold, unheated space like an attic that causes the smoke to cool and coalesce on the sides of a stovepipe.
  • A clogged or inefficient stovepipe cap that does not vent properly.

This is not to say that wood-burning stove maintenance is all about creosote, but it leads to a strategy for how to maintain stoves for winter.

Source: http://www.offthegridnews.com/how-to-2/preparing-the-wood-stove-for-winter-7-critical-tasks/

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