What should I avoid putting in the woodstove...such as which woods do not burn well, etc?
I like the idea of having less waste but can I burn stuff like cardboard boxes, etc? Try not to be too harsh on me if I sound like a complete idiot. TIA.
my dh knows what would is best... usually we use kindling like split pine and newspapers to get it going and then harder woods like oak or hickory once the fire is going. we usually only burn cardboard if we are out of newspapers/scrap papers.
hope this helps.
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I really appreciate all of the advice. Keep it comin'! I have no qualms about admitting my ignorance when it comes to this woodstove. I have a while to learn before I will actually use it.
Do you leave the woodstove burning if you leave the house?
Do you ever "clean" it and how?
What else should I burn/not burn?
we so leave our burning when we're out (heck, it's darned cold here in the winter), but only if it's 'stable' and fairly low...ideally the logs should be more like glowing charcoal at that point.
I would never burn any treated timber - just doesn't seem like a good idea.
Oh, and you may want to consider having carbon monoxide detectors - we do...just in case...and of course smoke alarms too.
and a metal pail for the ashes!
We do use cardboard to start a fire - layer crumpled paper, cardboard, and then the wood, and then set fire to the paper.
We leave it when we're out all the time. We let it burn down to coal and then place larger-than-usual logs in the woodstove, close to one another, when we'll be out; this encourages coaling without a lot of flame.
Yeah, we have an old pot we use to collect ashes. You need to scoop these out pretty frequently.
We use CSL logs every now and again, they shake down a bunch of crud from the pipes. They don't seem too terribly natural but they work.
And we have a smoke/carbon monoxide detector set to "kitchen" level stationed just a couple feet from the woodstove. We were more worried about the carbon monoxide - smoke we can see and smell, you know? How close are you to your neighbors? They have detectors that communicate remotely now and can alarm a neighbor that "smoke in _______" - being your house - if your houses are close together. Mine and my landlord's are close enough for this but we haven't done it. Mostly because I don't need her to know about it every time I burn dinner or my DD decides it would be great to go fling open the woodstove doors (doing it fast releases a big ole puff of smoke).
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Unseasoned wood choke your chimney with dangerous creosote really quickly. Creosote is very flamable and creates a risk of chimney fires.
You want to avoid pine and really soft woods like linden. They create more smoke and less heat than harder woods.
For starter, we use just newspaper (or cardboard). I avoid using the stuff with colored inks, but my (otherwise very crunchy) husband refuses to sort through it and pull out the color-printed pages... You can buy wax based starter candles, and there are instructions out there for mixing candle wax and sawdust or pinecones to make starters, but I don't know how safe or effective those are.