Spring Cleaning a Woodstove

Integrate the task of cleaning a woodstove into your spring-cleaning regimen to save time in autumn for raking leaves and other fall homestead activities.

Wood-Burning Stove

By removing wood ash, calling a chimney sweep and performing other small tasks, you can have your woodstove clean and ready to use by the time cold weather hits again.

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After 11 years of depending on a woodstove for winter heat in our Ohio cabin, we’ve learned to only burn hardwoods in cold months, and to never burn green wood because it creates creosote buildup in the chimney, which can cause fires. We also keep fresh batteries in all of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and we check the battery levels regularly. Here are some of the tasks we make sure to perform each year:

• Remove accumulated wood ash from inside our woodstove.
• Check all internal and external seals and replace them if necessary.
• Split, stack and season our wood in spring. It’s a great way to lose 10 pounds for the upcoming shorts season!
• Call our chimney sweep.

Robin Mullet
Warsaw, Ohio