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Wood Burning Stove Safety Is Simple

If you've decided that you want to install a wood burning stove in your home, you might be looking forward to cozy evenings curled in front of the warm stove with family, a book, and some hot cocoa. But keep in mind that to have those enjoyable evenings, you have to use the wood stove safely. There are a few specific issues you need to look out for, such as the age of the stove.

New Stoves Only

Wood burning stoves are often available in styles that make them look like vintage appliances built hundreds of years ago. If you really want that look, then try to find a brand new stove styled to appear that way, rather than dragging an old stove out of the junk pile in your storage shed. Wood stove design has improved dramatically over the past several years, and regulations concerning how they're built have become much tougher. A new stove will follow these regulations. An old stove might be too dangerous to use by today's standards.

Current stove standards are quite good; in 2013, the Southern Illinoisan reported that the National Fire Protection Agency said that the stoves are safer than the electrical wiring in your home if the stoves are properly installed and maintained, and have an EPA approval. But you still have to do your part to ensure safety.

Chimney Cleaning

Keep your chimney and all pipes on the stove clean and clear. This allows the smoke and soot to leave your home safely, rather than gathering inside the pipes and chimney and creating a blockage. Before cold weather hits, call in a chimney cleaning company and have a manufacturer-authorized stove repair company inspect the stove. Monitor the outside of the stove for cracks or anything else that seems to be off. Call the repair company if you see anything amiss.

Loose Items

Keep your hair and loose clothing or jewelry tied back when you use the stove. Don't assume that because you're not leaning directly over the flames, like you might with a regular kitchen stove, that you're out of reach of sparks. Keep children and pets away, too; it's too easy to let them get too close to the stove, thinking that the stove enclosure will somehow protect them from burns.

Don't use the stove as an incinerator. Despite the exhaust pipes being attached to the stove, fumes from things like plastics can easily head back into the room and make you sick. Ensure you have working carbon monoxide detectors, too.

If you'd like to know more about wood burning stove usage, contact a dealer like Alpine Fireplaces today. You'll be able to look at several different sizes and models and see which one will be the best choice for your home.