It is almost impossible to keep a check on the health hazards, and the demolitions caused to the people and pets living in and around the building. The structural problems and the liners usually allow the embers, high temperatures, and sparks to escape to the inflammable areas of the attics, roofs, and walls.
Safety is always the priority:
The wood burning stove can be your enemy if installed and maintained wrongly. Fire from creosote buildup and other causes can be prevented with timely inspection and care. The wood burning stoves lay a negative impact on the air quality of the indoors. The US Environmental Protection Agency stated that smoke is useful to heat up the atmosphere, but it’s not okay for our health. Additionally, the fire has the nature to consume a large volume of air while burning creating a negative pressure in the rooms because the outside air fills up the vacuum of the interior. Now, if the fresh air is again drawn back in via furnace and heaters, it releases carbon monoxide inside the house. The backdraft is detrimental, and home should contain smoke alarms.
As per CSIA or Chimney Safety Institute of America, Safety is the leading cause of having an inspection done by a professional chimney sweep. One needs to test the chimney before entering a new home. Homeowners can do the cleaning themselves, but individual proficient and advanced equipment and knowledge are required that are only possessed by the trained and certified sweeps.
How will you maintain the wood burning stove for long-term efficacy and safety?
Allow the wood logs to burn down completely and turn into coals.
Turn the flue entirely ajar and then open the door of the wood stove. Take a shovel and move all the coals on the stove’s front.
Add new wood logs behind the coals before slamming the stove door. The incoming air flow will hit the fuel and result in burning the new logs.
How will you maximize the heat?
You need to keep the duct completely open till the wood catches fire. Then, gradually close the flue. Wait till you are sanctioned that the fire will keep on burning. The oxygen needs time to burn the newly put woods. Be careful as the excess air can rage and send the heat blazing up the chimney.
Repeat the whole process if required. It takes time for the new logs to catch fire and burn down to coals. Rake the coals to the ahead and put new stack behind the coal. Redo few more times.
Your night sleep savior:
You must be thinking that you have to wake up in the middle of the night to refuel the stove. But, we suggest you some better ways:
Rake the coals to the center after letting the woods kindle down to form clinkers. Accumulate the coals to the stove’s center part with a shovel and not bare hands. Put two to three logs over the coals. Pick your shovel to cover the coals with the ashes. You must use enough ashes to cover up the entire coals and the woods. Notice whether your wood stove has become dark.
Don’t forget to cut the airflow. Turn down the flue in order to make it almost closed. You need a bit of air to enter. Sleep tight. Goodnight.
Wake up in the morning to restart it or whenever you wish to light it up again. Collect the ash and put it back in the bucket. Just be sure that you removed the ashes from the top of the coals.
You have got the most efficient way to keep your wood stove burning all the night without harming your sleep and health. You will save on the use of the wood too.
The current certification of the EPA on the wood stoves put forward the fact that there is a significant reduction of the production level to 4.5 grams from 7.5 grams of fine dust each hour. The wood stoves have been recognized as the most common and convenient burning appliance. The new catalytic wood stoves have approximately 83% higher heating values. The modern wood stoves work most efficiently when the fire blazes at full force.
In any case, you have to maintain your wood stove regularly for its efficacy and safety.
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