How to Buy and Safely Use Woodstoves

Wood stoves are a wonderful option for heating a home in the face of rising utility costs. However, most of the wood burning stoves I inspect contribute to indoor air quality problems and health issues. I also discover many of them that are unsafe with potential fire hazards.

This book contains photographs from field investigations with easy-to-understand explanations to help you understand how to use wood heat safely and how to protect your health from subtle indoor air quality issues that can arise from malfunctioning wood stoves.


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
Preface 6
Sharing this book 11
Wood-burning stoves 13
        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
                Soot discoloration 32
                Illuminated smoke 34
        Exterior back-drafting evidence 34
                Soot on chimney tops 34
                Vegetation-induced back-drafting 35
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
        Wood choice 49
        Methods for starting a wood fire 50
        Woodstove tools 50
        Why, when, and how to remove ashes 53
        Air adjustment dampers 54
        Saving energy 57
        Avoiding house fires 57
        Homeowner’s insurance 57
        Avoiding injuries 58
Woodstove inspection and maintenance 58
        Chimney flue inspection 58
        Creosote buildup in chimneys 60
        Chimney flue cleaning 64
        Chimney flue covers 65
        Chimney crowns 66
        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
        Professional inspections 72
        Fraudulent professional inspections 72
Fire clearance specifications 73
Instruction manuals 75
Shopping for a woodstove 76
Helping others 76


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