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Wood Stove

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Routine Care Task

Clean and inspect stove and stovepipe

Priority

Chimney fires can be very dangerous, and this task helps to prevent them.

Timing: 

June (yearly)


NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Wood Stove are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.


If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Wood Stove.

How To

wood stove care A professional chimney sweep will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney and will check for defects, typically for about $90 to $150. Or you can do the work yourself, if you have the proper brushes and vacuums and don't mind the mess or hassle.

The tasks include:

Inspect for creosote deposits in the flue. If greater than 1/8" in thickness, then the chimney flue should be cleaned.

Check the firebox for damaged brick or mortar.

Check the damper for operation and snug fit. Also inspect for cracks, pitting or rusted-out sections.

Check the flue for broken or damaged bricks on the flue liner. Cracking is a sign that there has been a flue fire and is a potentially serious problem.

Helpful Accessories

Woodstove Gaskets
Woodstove Gaskets

Use black gasket fo better aesthetics and higher performance

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Wood Stove Accessories
Wood Stove Accessories

Allows you to properly use and maintain your woodstove

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Firewood Racks
Firewood Racks

Wood piles should be kept at least 6 inches off the ground

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Creosote Remover
Creosote Remover

Reduces chimney fire caused by creosote

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Chimney Damper
Chimney Damper

Seals heated air if fireplace is not in use

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Benefits

  • Health & Safety
  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
  • Maintaining Value
  • Energy Savings

The benefits of this task are high, as it helps prevent dangerous and costly chimney fires.

Costs

The cost of this task is moderate, and requires the scheduling of a qualified chimney sweep.

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