1. Make sure your wood burning stove is properly installed and has proper venting.
2. Perform a monthly inspection on the chimney.
3. Use dry, seasoned wood.
Hardwoods are the best fuel for a wood stove. Wood should be air dried for at least a year before burning.
4. Clean the stovepipe and chimney at least once a year.
Use a wire brush to clean your stovepipe and chimney or hire a professional to do the job.
5. Avoid creosote buildup.
Creosote is highly combustible and can condense along the walls of the stovepipe and chimney if the fire is not burning at hot enough temperatures. Creosote can be in many forms, sticky, flaky or a hard glaze tar.
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