Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Woodstove Safety

When we first got our float cabin, I was a little afraid of the wood burning stove. It was hard for me to get used to a fire burning in a small metal box right in the middle of my living room. I had no prior experience with such a thing in my Los Angeles city-folk life. But when the nights (and days) got cold, we quickly overcame our fear and started using our Kozi stove.

John installed our stove to minimize fire danger, but it was up to us to keep it that way. We watch the stove's components to make sure they are in good condition and replace any that seem warn or damaged. So far, we (actually John) have replaced the door gaskets once. Stove supplies can be found in most hardware stores.

Chimney sweeping is crucial for safe wood stove use. Even with our thermometer to monitor fire conditions, creosote and ash build up in the pipe and on the stove's smoke shelf. First, we burn a chimney cleaning log which is supposed to loosen the creosote deposits. On the next sunny (at least non-rainy) day we don't build a fire. First, Wayne goes up on the porch roof to clean the exterior pipe and chimney cap. Next, we go indoors to disassemble and clean the interior pipe and the stove's smoke shelf. I'm amazed how much buildup there is in just a few short winter months. But on the other hand, our trusty stove is running almost 24/7 this time of year.

If you have a woodstove, do you have any installation, care or maintenance tips? Any funny, or even scary, stories? Let's hear them. Want to find out more about our float cabin living experiences? Try reading Up the Lake. For more information or to order a copy, go to our website at www.PowellRiverBooks.com. -- Margy


  1. I find this article very useful do you have any tips on chimney cleaning and the hazards of a dirty chimney


  2. I am not an expert at chimney cleaning. I gave to links in the post that might be helpful. Of course the major danger is a chimney fire if creosote buildup ignites. The buildup of creosote and ash also really affects our stove's performance. We know it is getting time to clean the pipe if we see any diminished performance in our stove.

    I looked at your new forum. It looks like a great concept. I have bookmarked it for future use. Thanks for stopping by. -- Margy

  3. Anonymous4:31 AM

    Very Helpful Tip!
    Wood Stoves


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