Mother's Creosote Catching Ash Trap

Adding an ash trap to the chimney pipe — all you need is a welding torch and some canning jars — will give you a wood stove that's safer and easier to clean.

066 ash trap - creasote pile
Creosote loves to gather in a wood stove's chimney. If your stove's chimney pipe exits horizontally, adding an ash trap at the bend can help you clean the stuff out.
PHOTO: ADRIAN B DeBEE