Wood Stove Use and Maintenance

In the last post I discussed the use of green wood in the wood stove, and its potential advantage in stretching your wood supply and lowering the overall cost of your winter wood supply. If you're considering this for your own stove, you need to make sure to maintain a regular schedule of cleaning your chimney flue. If you burn a lot of green wood, you will increase the amount of creosote buildup in the flue, and if left to build up for too long, it may lead to a chimney fire.

Regular users of wood stoves who get their stove up to a nice fire every day will reduce the amount of creosote build-up, and a yearly chimney cleaning will usually suffice for daily users. However, folks who only use their stoves irregularly, or on weekends, will wind up with more creosote build-up in their chimney. If you're one of these occasional wood stove users, try to stick to well-seasoned wood...it will give you more heat and pleasure for the shorter time you're using it.

The University of Missouri has a nice informative series of documents that provide help in maintaining the most efficient and safest use of your wood stove.

Wood Stoves and Their Installation

Wood Stove Maintenance and Operation

Chimneys for Wood Stoves

Cleaning Stovepipes and Chimneys

Wood Fuel for Heating

How to Buy and Sell Cordwood

Starting a Fire in a Wood Stove

Preparing Wood for Your Wood Stove

These articles and the video pretty well cover the operational aspect of wood stove use. For those of you who haven't yet purchased a stove, but are thinking about it and would like to know how to evaluate the alternatives, I'll have another blog posting in the near future.

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