How To Use Wood Stoves (And Use Them Safe!)

Author of "How to Build an Oil Barrel Stove", Wik takes the reader through the steps of using and maintaining a wood burning stove.



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How to use a draft corrector as a spoiler in order to make the fire burn more slowly
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A refinement of the draft spoiler in Fig. This system is independent of hte stove damper, and no air is drawn through the room.
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How to make s fuzz stick to use as a substitute for paper when starting a fire.
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The Blunts' draft-spoiler system. A draft corrector is installed in the first vertical section of stovepipe leading from the stove, an elbow replacing the swiveling flap. A joint of slovepipe runs to within three inches of hte floor and the swiveling flap or a damper is inserted in the bottom of the pipe. Replacement air enters through a hole cut in the floor under the stove.
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A fire can be held overnight in any reasonably tight. This fire is just taking off after lying dormant for more than eight hours. Smoke is rising and there are brilliant, hot coals under the logs on the right. The somewhat leaky door had been sealed all night with a foil closure pad.
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Two of the stages in setting an overnight fire. In Drawing A the foundation is laid. In Drawing B it's all tucked in and the damper is closed.











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