5 Tips to Prevent a Chimney Fire

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If you own a woodstove and use it regularly, preventing a chimney fire is something you need to know

What Causes a Chimney Fire?

When you burn in a wood stove, a byproduct called creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney. If you’re not familiar with what creosote is, here is a great explanation: “Creosote is a gummy, foul smelling, corrosive and extremely combustible substance that, if no precautions are taken, will coat the insides of everything it passes through. It is formed when volatile gases given off in the burning process combine and condense on their way out of the chimney…..It can form a hard layer coating the insides of pipes and chimney liners. It can form into a fluffy substance that plugs pipes and breaks off and falls down, filling low spots in piping. It is the cause of most chimney fires and the main reason chimneys and pipes have to be cleaned and inspected periodically.”

How to Prevent a Chimney Fire:

1. Clean your chimney   You can always tell when our stove pipe is getting clogged up and needs to be cleaned. When your stove is consistently not drafting well and smoke comes out the door rather than drafting up the stove pipe you know it is time to clean it out. You can buy one of these brushes and one of these  extension rods. Being pretty comfortable up on the roof is a factor in utilizing this investment. This isn’t a safe option for everyone. You can also hire someone to clean your chimney.

2. Use dry wood. If your wood is wet or not fully cured, it will not burn as hot as dry wood. It will also smoke more. Burning wet wood leads to creosote building up faster in your chimney.

3. Burn the hardest firewood you can find. Hardwood trees are not native to our area. When you go out to cut firewood, we search for downed tree’s, large branches, of native wood in your area. Compared to those of you who burn hardwoods, creosote will build up faster in your chimney burning “pines”. Steer clear of really sappy pines like Ponderosa Pine or wood that just doesn’t burn hot.

4. Burn your wood stove in the “burn zone” daily. If you burn your wood stove hot enough on a regular basis, it will help prevent the build up of creosote. Use this  handy gadget  that attaches to our stove pipe to gauge the temperature. It shows not only when you are in the “burn zone” but when the stove is getting too hot and into the “over fire” zone and we need to close the flue a bit.

5. Use a creosote remover powderThis is a powdery substance you put in your wood stove and then burn a hot fire. This is supposed to turn the creosote into a powder. This is not a replacement for cleaning your chimney but can help reduce the creosote. The only time we’ve used this was when it was too snowy to get on the roof to clean the chimney and we needed to eliminate some of the creosote build up.

If you use a wood stove on a regular basis, implementing these tips can go a long way in helping you to prevent a chimney fire. Always make a point of getting up on the roof, inspecting the chimney and cleaning it out at least once a year. Our hope in sharing these tips is that it will help you become more aware of what causes a chimney fire and how to prevent it. Wood stoves offer  wonderful warmth and can help save money heating your house, but they can be dangerous if you don’t know proper maintenance. So now you can stay cozy, warm and safe at home!

“TIPS” are just suggestions for your general information, WoodHeatStoves.com will not be held liable and use of this information is at your own risk.


10 Wood Stove Tips!

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10 Wood Stove Tips

  1. Use Seasoned Wood- If you want to get the most efficiency out of your wood stove, using well-seasoned wood is a must. Nothing is more frustrating than staring at a low smoky fire that isn’t putting out nearly enough heat. The smudged glass and smoky smell in the house is a tell-tale sign that your wood is sub-par.
  2. Learn how to use your stove properly- There is more to heating with a wood stove than just buying a stove and lighting a fire. Figuring out the proper amount of air and wood will help you wring the most out of your stove.
  3. Get a Thermometer for the stove- A thermometer will help you know where your fire is at. It isn’t good to have too hot of a fire or too low of a fire. Too hot and you run the risk of starting a chimney fire, too low and you’ll build up potentially dangerous creosote.
  4. A Shop Vac is your friend- Shoveling out cold ash can be a dirty job. Get a HEPA Filter for your shop vac and keep that stove nice and clean.
  5. Learn to do your own Spring Cleaning- Don’t be afraid to clean your own stove out. It isn’t that hard, a properly sized chimney brush will clean out your chimney in a just a few strokes and you’ll save yourself some dough. Pay special attention to the mesh on the chimney cap, this is what got clogged on me, and ended up filling the house with smoke.
  6. Find a reputable wood supplier- I’m a big fan of harvesting my own wood, but there are sometimes you might need to buy. Wood suppliers are notorious for delivering green wood or cord shorting. Find someone you can trust for those times you might be running low.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask- It might be embarrassing the first time, but there is nothing wrong with asking a tree guy just what they are doing with the wood. Some tree services will actually drop off wood at your house for free since they will have to pay to dump it.
  8. A quality chainsaw is a sound investment- If you are going to commit to heating with a wood stove, a good saw will be worth its cost. Quality saws cut faster and with less strain on the user. They will last for many years if properly taken care of.
  9. Welding Gloves are awesome- Welding Glovesare a nice cheap item to have around. They let you reach into the stove without fear of getting burnt. In a pinch you can handle a burning log, but not for long!
  10. Safety isn’t for wusses- There is no shame in having a Smoke Detector and a Carbon Monoxide detector. When you have a wood stove you are accepting that you will have 400 pounds of blazing hot steel sitting in your living room. Exercise some caution and respect, for it and your family.

UPS shipping requirements for Wood Heat Stoves.com orders before Christmas eve, December 24th, 2014.

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Here are the UPS shipping requirements to get Delivery of your orders from Wood Heat Stoves.com by Christmas eve, December 24th, 2014.

As Christmas approaches, choosing the right UPS® service is critical to ensuring that your orders arrive on time.

• UPS Ground: Thursday, December 18* if ups delivery map shows timing agrees and you are willing to accept no guaranteed delivery date, ground shipping may arrive on time.

• UPS 3 Day Select®: Friday, December 19
• UPS 2nd Day Air®: Monday, December 22**
- Tuesday, Wednesday December 23 & 24 until noon** Local Pick up from Nevada City, California office only

No UPS pick up or delivery on December 25th

USED Wood, Gas & Pellet stoves, inserts and fireplaces CLEARANCE SALE!!

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We have lots of great values on used USED Wood, Gas & Pellet stoves, inserts and fireplaces! Click here to find great prices on these stoves that are ready to heat your home and unbelievable savings. We also have many new models on clearance sales too!
We have Whitfield pellet stoves, Earth Stove wood and gas stoves and many more!

email us at info@WoodHeatStoves.com for more information.  

Clearance on ALL stoves!

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Clearance on ALL Stoves!
Dear WoodHeatStoves.com shopper!

In stock stoves are on sale for clearance and ready to ship.  Just review all the model descriptions and specifications on our website and send an email to info@woodheatstoves.com to receive discounted pricing on new display models we are clearing out.

Keep in mind shipping these heavy stoves is additional and between $200-300 within the lower 48 United States but after the HUGE savings with additional discounts on already reduced prices they are all affordable.

Don’t be caught in the cold this winter trying to repair an older wood, gas or pellet stove, replace it with a new appliance and be warm the entire season and for years to come!

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 September 2014
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It is never TOO early to be prepared for fall and winter!
Don’t get caught in the “Polar Vortex” this year!
Be prepared, service your stove or have it serviced by a local technician
in mid to late summer.  Annual maintenance per the owner’s
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Used Wood, Gas & Pellet Stoves – Summer Clearance Sale!!!

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Save up to $400 on a new Hearthstone Wood, Gas or Pellet stove!

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Winter’s finally here with cold, rain and snow, perfect timing

for Hearthstone’s 22nd Annual Mid Winter Sale through Feb 22nd.

Hearthstone Mid Winter Sale

You can save big money on a brand new Hearthstone wood, gas or pellet stove. Hearthstone has been making high quality stoves in Vermont for the past 35 years. The HeatLife™ of a Hearthstone high-efficiency stove outperforms the competition and makes sure you’re comfortable during the coldest times of the year.

How much can you save? Up to $400. depending on the Hearthstone model (see the chart below).

Hearthstone 2014 Mid Winter SaleSome examples include an instant $300. rebate off the popular Heritage Soapstone Wood Stove, $200. off the new Castleton 8030 Soapstone Wood Stove, and $400. off the massive HearthStone Equinox Wood Stove.

Like the convenience of gas instead? Get a $200. instant rebate off the Hearthstone Stowe DX Direct Vent Gas Stove, $300. savings on the super efficient Hearthstone Bristol DX Gas Stove, or a whopping $400. off the beautiful Bari Direct Vent Hearthstone Gas Stove.

There’s no better time to save on a new, efficient Hearthstone stove, and it comes just when you need it most. Remember, Hearthstone’s 22nd Annual Mid Winter Sale ends Feb 22nd so don’t delay!

You can also save an additional up to $300. with the Wood/Pellet Stove Tax Credit. Follow the link for details.

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