Nothing compares to the homey atmosphere inside your home created by the yellow glow and the pop and crackle sounds of a wood fire fireplace. Open faced stoves let you relax and watch the wood burning inside, helping to add to that hominess. The style of your stove and whether it is free standing or enclosed in a specially built space makes little difference. What is important is the warmth that it creates.
Companies design these fireplaces for every budget. Made of metal, brick or stone, they harmonize with any style or decor. They can be used inside or outside of the house. Homeowners choose the size that best fits their needs.
Proper, regular maintenance is important in order to make sure your stove burns in the most efficient, safest way possible. If not maintained correctly, a wood stove can be a potential home fire starter. Anytime there is a home fire, there is always a possibility of lives being lost.
Another reason that regular maintenance is important is so you will not have smoke inside of your home. Because of smoke escaping from the fireplace, many homeowners suffer during the winter from chronic lung problems such as asthma or bronchitis. Homes using this type of heat need to have functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Have your stove cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep at least once a year. Do it either at the end of the wood burning season or just before you start to use it when the weather begins to get cold again. These people not only know how to clean the stove pipes or chimney, but they also know how to recognize potential problems and help you get them fixed.
When using a fireplace, or Outdoor Heaters make sure that all furniture, curtains and rugs are kept well away from the firebox where the fire is burning. If you have one of the stovepipe drying racks for your clothes, be sure that you keep all clothes away from the pipe. Once the clothes begin to dry, you will need to be extremely careful that they do not catch on fire from too much heat.
Be sure to learn the difference between softwood and hardwood before purchasing the amount of wood you will need for the upcoming season. Hardwood is heavier and tends to burn slower while softwood is softer and burns faster. When making the purchase, the mass will be the same, but the potential energy will be completely different. Because hardwood burns considerably slower, it will last much longer and as a result, it will provide heat over a longer period of time.
Another thing to check for is whether or not the hardwood is completely dry. Wood that has recently been cut usually still has a considerable amount of moisture in it. Energy is lost when it is used to evaporate moisture and, consequently, produces less heat. Most hardwood needs to be seasoned or dried for a minimum of three years before it can burn efficiently.