Shelter the woodpile from the rain, but don't
cover it completely with plastic tarps or store it in an enclosed shed
or garage; air circulation is necessary to ensure proper
Never burn garbage, mill
ends, or individually wrapped compressed sawdust logs in a woodstove.
These contain chemicals which, when burned, are highly corrosive to
Unless the stove is EPA
approved, never try to make a load of fuel burn longer than 6-8 hours.
EPA approved appliances have built-in safeguards to prevent smoldering,
but many older airtight can be adjusted to smolder along for extended
periods, resulting in heavy creosote deposits.
Operate woodstoves with their draft control wide open for
20-30 minutes each time firewood is added, or until the fresh load is
totally engulfed in flames. This will send heat up the flue to help
solidify the liquid creosote deposited by the previous load, while
kindling the wood to start gasification of the resins for efficient
NEVER try to clean a chimney
by deliberately starting a chimney fire. Have the chimney professionally
cleaned and inspected at least once per year.
If a chimney fire occurs, close the draft control on the
stove completely to quench the supply of oxygen, and call the fire
department immediately. Then, make sure the chimney is thoroughly
cleaned as soon as possible.