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:
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.