Wood Store and Flue Tips

Cured firewood is lighter in weight, dark, and has V shaped cracks in the wood. Green wood has a live smell to it. If you look at seasoned and unseasoned wood side by side you can easily see, feel and smell the difference.

Your firewood should be kept off the ground. When firewood has been allowed to cure properly, most of the loose bark, live and dead bugs as well as dust, has already fallen off. That means, when you bring it into your home for your fireplace or wood stove, you're not going to find as much loose unwelcome bugs. Shelter the woodpile from the rain, but don't cover it completely with plastic tarps or store it in a shed or garage, air circulation ensures proper curing.

Never burn garbage, mill ends, or in a wood stove. can contain chemicals which, when burned, are highly corrosive to metal.
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Be sure the stove is EPA approved, a load of fuel will produce efficient heat for no longer than 6-8 hours. EPA approved heat sources have safeguards to prevent smoldering, but many older airtight can be adjusted to smolder along for extended periods, heavy creosote deposits. free coupons

Operate wood stoves with their draft control wide open for 2-3 minutes each time firewood is added, or until the fresh load is totally engulfed in flames. This will send heat up the flue to help solidify the liquid creosote deposited by the previous load, while heating the wood to start vapourisation of the resins for efficient burning.

NEVER try to clean a chimney by starting a chimney fire. Have the chimney professionally cleaned and inspected at least once per year. I highly recommend a stainless steel liner, if you have a tile flue, put in a liner.

If you you have a chimney fire, close the draft control on the stove completely to stop the supply of oxygen, and call the fire department immediately. Then, make sure the chimney is thoroughly cleaned and inspected as soon as possible.,