Feel the heat with a wood-burning stove

January 27, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Bob O'Daniel used to live in a house with a heat pump, but he said he never felt warm until he installed a wood-burning stove.

"When you're burning wood, you feel the heat," he said.

O'Daniel is a manager at Tractor Supply in Danville, where wood-burning stoves go pretty quick. At the height of winter, the wood-burning stove can create a cozy temperature inside.

Wood is economical, clean and is cheaper than natural gas, O'Daniel said.

However, some safety precautions must be taken to avoid accidents.

Never burn inappropriate fuels or igniter substances, said Larry Piercy, extension safety and health specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

Piercy offered these other tips:

* Don't use coal in a wood-burning stove.

n Never start a fire in the stove with kerosene or gasoline because these liquids could explode.

* Don't burn trash or wood treated with preservatives because it can release dangerous chemicals.


* Keep the stove at least 36 inches from combustible materials, like walls, furniture and drapes.

* Check the flue several times during the winter.

* Make sure the fire is out before going to bed.

* Use a tight-fitting screen on a freestanding fireplace.

* Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas and on each floor. Replace batteries once a year.

* Have at least one fire extinguisher in the home, and teach everyone how to use it.

Piercy also suggested that stove owners talk to their children about staying away from the fire.

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