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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Look what’s in How to Buy and Safely Use Woodstoves:
Table of Contents
|Why trust the author?||5|
|Sharing this book||11|
|Historical wood-burning stoves||6|
|Modern wood-burning stoves||6|
|Woodstove problems and prevention||17|
|Break-in period and toxic fumes||18|
|Repurposed masonry chimneys||21|
|Lined masonry chimneys||21|
|Unlined masonry chimneys||23|
|Relined masonry chimneys||24|
|Lack of flue reduction||26|
|Abandoned woodstove chimenys||27|
|Chimney failure and damage||30|
|Unhealthy back-drafting conditions||31|
|Interior back-drafting evidence||32|
|Aroma of burning wood||32|
|Exterior back-drafting evidence||34|
|Soot on chimney tops||34|
|Negative indoor air pressure||37|
|Emissions draw-back effect||37|
|Emissions recycling effect||38|
|Vent pipes and chimneys exposed to cold||39|
|Carbon monoxide poisoning||41|
|Soot inhalation and your health||42|
|Mold on firewood||45|
|Wood-burning stoves as heat sources||47|
|Woodstove tips, tricks, and cautions||49|
|Methods for starting a wood fire||50|
|Why, when, and how to remove ashes||53|
|Air adjustment dampers||54|
|Avoiding house fires||57|
|Woodstove inspection and maintenance||58|
|Chimney flue inspection||58|
|Creosote buildup in chimneys||60|
|Chimney flue cleaning||64|
|Chimney flue covers||65|
|Vent pipe storm collars||68|
|Interior flue pipe attachment||69|
|Combustion air vents||69|
|Types of woodstove inspections||70|
|Periodic homeowner inspections||70|
|Home inspector inspections||71|
|Fraudulent professional inspections||72|
|Fire clearance specifications||73|
|Shopping for a woodstove||76|
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