How to Buy and Safely Use Woodstoves
The difference between a well-functioning wood burning stove and an unsafe or unhealthy woodstove is knowledge.
If you already have a wood burning stove, or a wood stove insert installed in a fireplace in your home, you will benefit tremendously from the information in this book. Additionally, if you’re researching wood stoves for sale or wood stove reviews, this book will help you better understand that information.
Wood burning stove inspection
Using photos from actual home investigations, I will show you the health and safety issues owners of woodstoves should be concerned about, and give you the solutions to wood heat problems. I’ll show you the subtle visible pieces of evidence to inspect for before you experience problems with a wood burning stove.
Wood burning stove shopping and instructions
In this book, you’ll also find wood stove instructions, tips for use and maintenance information.
If you’ll be looking into wood stoves for sale to have one installed in your home, this book will provide you with precautions and advice that you’ll not get from biased salespeople or contractors. It will also show you common installation errors and shortcuts used by contractors.
Often people who are investigating wood stoves or wood stove inserts also have wood burning fireplaces or gas fireplace inserts in their homes. If this is your situation, you would appreciate reading Safe and Healthy Fireplaces.
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Table of Contents
Historical wood-burning stoves
Modern wood-burning stoves
Woodstove problems and prevention
Break-in period and toxic fumes
Repurposed masonry chimneys
Lined masonry chimneys
Unlined masonry chimneys
Relined masonry chimneys
Lack of flue reduction
Abandoned woodstove chimneys
Chimney failure and damage
Unhealthy back-drafting conditions
Indoor back-drafting evidence
Outdoor back-drafting evidence
Negative indoor air pressure
Emissions draw-back effect
Emissions recycling effect
Vent pipes and chimneys exposed to cold
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Soot inhalation and your health
Mold on firewood
Wood-burning stoves as heat sources
Woodstove tips, tricks, and cautions
Methods for starting a wood fire
Why, when, and how to remove ashes
Air adjustment dampers
Avoiding house fires
Woodstove inspection and maintenance
Chimney flue inspection
Creosote buildup in chimneys
Chimney flue cleaning
Chimney flue covers
Vent pipe storm collars
Interior flue pipe attachment
Combustion air vents
Types of woodstove inspections
Periodic homeowner inspections
Home inspector inspections
Fraudulent professional inspections
Fire clearance specifications
Shopping for a woodstove
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