Listed below are useful suggestions helpful for burning firewood for heat, food and fun:
1. COOK DINNER ON YOUR WOODSTOVE!
If your stove has a cooktop surface, with a few select pots and pans and a little creativity, just about any food can be prepared.
No need to turn on the electric stove, or microwave. Dinner can be kept warm or leftovers toasted up quickly using the top of your woodstove.
2. USE BUCKETS TO TRANSPORT YOUR WOOD SUPPLY
Save those 5-gallon buckets! They come in handy for transporting your split wood. You will be surprised how many pieces of wood can fit inside one bucket. The handles make it easy to carry too.
3. KNOW YOUR WOODS
Burning the right wood makes a big difference. It helps to know the species or type of wood you are burning. Soft woods are good for starting and kindling a fire. Hardwoods are best for maintaining a fire, as they provide more energy, burning hotter and longer. HERE’S ANOTHER TIP! Download our FREE “Trees We Need” e-book. It contains tons of information on tree identification.
4. USE CEILING FANS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Circulation is the key to distributing the air from your heat source. Keeping in mind that most ceiling fans are reversible, use the forward setting in rooms where heat needs to be pushed down. The reverse setting will draw the heat up, perfect for when the woodstove or fireplace is located in a lower room.
5. MOISTURE FROM YOUR WOODSTOVE
Whenever your woodstove is hot and heating your home, keep a large tea kettle or pot of water cooking on top of it. Yes, this really does help keep moisture in the air. But also, the hot water is convenient for providing a cup of tea or a hot chocolate any time of the day.
6. PURCHASE PROPER INSURANCE
Make sure your woodstove is properly inspected and insured. Contact your insurance company for info. My insurance company sent 2 of its reps to my home for inspection. FYI…they checked for “UL” (underwriters laboratories) approval and EPA certification. Restrictions and ordinances vary for every location.
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