Wood Stove Safety
Wood stoves are great for creating atmosphere, saving on heating
costs, and providing warmth during power outages when the gas or oil
burner isn't working. However, they can be dangerous as well if some
basic safety rules are not followed. Installation and misuse can lead to
a fire hazard.
Web Resources on Wood Stove Safety
Wood Stove Safety. Insurance Information Institute. This webpage
provides a list of "Dos" and "Don'ts" for wood stoves.
Wood Burning Stove Safety Tips to Avoid Fires. Nationwide Insurance.
Wood Stove Safety. Farm Bureau Insurance.
http://scfbins.com/resource-center/ . . . /wood-stove-safety/
Proper Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of a Wood Stove.
National Ag Safety Datebase - Colorado State University Extension.
http://nasdonline.org/ . . . maintenance-of-a-wood.html
Wood Stove Selection
Your wood stove should be made of a suitable material that is sturdy
- such as cast iron or steel. They should be listed by Underwriters
Laboratories (UL) or some other recongized testing laboratory.
Installation of a Wood Stove
You should check with the local authorities for any building and fire
codes. Pick an appropriate location for your wood stove. If it is
against a wall much of the heat may not get to the other parts of your
building; a center location is better for heat dispursal. If your wood
stove is located at the bottom of the stairs much of the heat may go to
the upper floor. Ensure you have proper clearance from any combustable
material and you have a heat-resistant flooring.
News Articles about Wood Stove Safety
"How Safe is Your Wood-Burning Stove?" Joseph D. Conrad Insurance
December 6, 2005.
"Wood-Burning Stoves Pose Hazards". CBS News. With oil and gas
prices soaring, more Americans are using wood-burning stoves to heat
their homes - but owners can be in big trouble if they aren't careful.
"Wood Stove Safety". Mother Earth News. Wood stove safety
is a little more complicated than most people realize. Here is some
basic information to help you do it right.