Installing a Wood Burning Stove

Considering installing a wood burning stove for your home improvement project? My husband always dreamed of owning a home with a big yard, lots of trees and a wood burning stove. He has made this dream a reality but sometimes one person’s dream can be another person’s nightmare. When I first started using the wood burning stove I learned a lot of lessons that I will share with you so you can avoid making the same mistakes I did.

First of all, it is important to remember that the wood burning stove is hot. You may think that this is a no-brainer but you would be surprised by how easy it is to lean against the open door of the unit or grab the sides with your bare hands. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself aware of the dangers of using a wood burning stove.

This is coming from an individual who had a working fireplace in her childhood home. A fireplace is quite different from a wood burning stove. The first year I used the one in our new house I wound up with so many burns on my arms they looked absolutely awful. People actually asked me what happened.

It is embarrassing to admit that I couldn’t grasp the art of using the wood burning stove but I think that my problem was really two-fold. First of all, I was over-confident considering my previous experience with fireplaces. Secondly, I was really not prepared with the right supplies.

The supplies are a must when it comes to working with a wood burning stove in your home. Make sure that you have adequate kindling and dry wood. Don’t ever use pine at all. That was burn #6. Remember that the doors and sides of the wood burning stove are hot even when you are adding logs. These were burns 2, 3, 7, and 9.

Try not to lean against the door of the burner as you stand up. This was my initial burn. There are plenty of other ways to protect yourself from your own wood burning stove. This involves a sharp mind and the right tools for the job.

The most important tool is welding gloves. You may feel a little silly wearing these in your own home but I can’t tell you how important they are. Since I started respecting the wood burning stove and since I started using the welding gloves, I haven’t received another burn. The stove has turned out to be a good home improvement idea after all.
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