* Expose wood to sunlight and air as long as possible. Sunlight helps to cure the wood, making
* Green, Wet Wood - does not burn, it smokes. Fires are hard to start and does not burn well and is difficult to keep burning. Low heat output. Excessive and rapid cresotoe build-up
* Oak (hardwood) burns fairly slowly and produces long lasting heat even when only embers
* Pine (softwood) makes great kindling. Burns fast and great to mix with other woods.
* Spruce (softwood) burns very quickly, can be smoky and produce some sparks.
Wood Stove Preparation for Winter
* Always have a good ash bucket that comes with its own shovel as the shovel
will fit nicely inside the bucket when using
* Don't let the ashes build up too high in your wood stove. Ashes will eventually
block the the air intake from the draft registers and reduce the efficiency of
the stove. About 1" of ashes in the bottom of the stove during burning season
This provides and extra layer of insulation between the bottom of the stove and
* Inspect the chimney/flue for signs of damage, especially in the fall prior to winter
Take the time to go up on the roof and check for any damaged materials (this also
applies to wood stove pipes that might run up thru your house attic) and replace
if necessary. Check the trap and screen for proper ventilation
* Inspect the Door Gaskets to make sure they form a tight seal. Check all around
the door replace gasket if loose. A tight seal helps create a good draft and
prevent smoke leakage.
* Inspect and Clean Glass. Pitted, cracked or chipped wood stove glass should be
replaced. Clean using a wood stove glass cleaner or dish washing detergent and
water. Be gentle and use a cloth or paper towel. Never use abrasive cleaners or pads
or risk scratching the glass
Wood and Wood Stove Tips