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.
Go Wood in 2012!
The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would beWithout wood.
Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood