Tips for preventing fires when using your wood burning stove
Here are some tips to help you prevent fires from your wood stove:
- Install a stovepipe thermometer to monitor the temperature of your stovepipe. If the temperature gets too high, it can cause a fire in the chimney.
- Keep your stovepipe and chimney clean to prevent creosote buildup. Creosote is a flammable substance that can ignite and cause a chimney fire if it accumulates in large quantities.
- Use dry, seasoned wood in your stove. Wet or unseasoned wood can produce more creosote and increase the risk of a fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to use it.
- Don’t burn anything other than wood in your stove. This includes paper, cardboard, and other flammable materials that can quickly ignite and cause a fire.
- Keep flammable materials away from your stove, including curtains, furniture, and decorations.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional chimney sweep. This will help you catch any potential fire hazards before they become a problem.
- Don’t use your stove as a heater. If you need to keep your home warm, use an alternate heating source, such as a furnace.
By following these tips, you can help prevent fires from your wood stove and keep your home safe.