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The wood stove may not be used as much as before, but it still is quite a good way to heat things up. As people are starting to regain the desire for wood burning stoves during the brutal cold, then it is high time that people learn more about what they should be looking for.
Cleaning Your Wood Burning Stoves Written By: Matthew Ross - http://choosefireplacesandstoves.com/ The wood stove has always had a negative reputation regarding its function and effect on the environment. However, it is only due to people's misunderstanding about the fine art of burning things. This also holds true with the wood burning stoves and any other implement that uses wood as a fuel. Even with more modern fuels, wood has always been the most basic, so we should know more than enough on how to make the most of it. All that soot and smoke from a wood stove are mostly due to incomplete combustion, which we know now from chemistry class. Back then; this is merely a fact of life that has us putting our faces under the chimney of the wood burning stoves haphazardly. Nowadays, the Environmental Protection Agency makes sure that the wood stove follows certain requirements to make sure that they are safe and environmentally-friendly. Less soot in wood burning stoves is always better in this case. Complete combustion in wood burning stoves is achieved by producing no smoke. That black smoke is carbon monoxide, which is quite toxic and can be hazardous to your health. Therefore, you must always use split firewood that has been aged and dried sufficiently for six months. The best for a wood stove would be hardwoods that have been prepared this way. Treated wood will always have chemical additives that will not be friendly to your lungs once it comes in direct contact with fire. Also, it is best to use old newspaper to start the fire. Cleaning Your Wood Burning Stoves ©2010 Smoldering fires in wood burning stoves are not a good idea as it is a sign of incomplete combustion. Aside from keeping a close eye on the fire, cleaning the wood stove after use is also very important. The ashes do not help with keeping the fire burning, so clean it out every chance you get. Having wood burning stoves inspected by a professional annually can also reduce the chance of catastrophic failures in safety, which is the worst case scenario when your wood stove does not burn fuel right. Be smart when it comes to picking out your wood stove for your home. Wood burning stoves has to be just the right size and never too big or small since the size of the implement is directly proportionate to the amount of fuel needed and the heat output. Always remember that if it is too large, it will smolder. Another thing to look out for in a wood stove is a catalytic combustor, which is quite nifty if you do not know too much about burning stuff. It basically makes the combustion in wood burning stoves even more complete by encouraging more oxygen to the flames, leading to more heat and less need for fiddling and cleaning the vents or chimney. Without knowing what to do, you may have been one of more and more people that do not exactly know the true unadulterated meaning of two sticks being rubbed together desperately. The necessity of fire only makes us fonder of our own similar appliances, but perhaps we can extend it with the past flavor of good firewood. Cleaning Your Wood Burning Stoves ©2010
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