Woodstove installation type

Woodstove installations can be of several types. One, for free-standing woodstove; another, for fireplace inserts.

Woodstove problems: dampers

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Woodstove damper problems are sometimes fixed with little effort. Other times, a fix is not so easy.

Smoky woodstove: smoky on wet days in other rooms

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Some stoves seem to work just fine except when it is wet out. If this seems to be the case, pay close attention to the weather when you have smoking problems. It is easy to confuse wind-related problems with rain-related problems.

Smoky woodstove: smoking on windy days

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Some stoves seem to work okay except on windy days, or if the wind is coming from a specific direction. Chimney height should be considered as a possible cause. We will look at this and other possible causes.

Smoky woodstove: constant or erratic smoking

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If your stove seems to smoke all the time, or erratically, consider these possibilities: undersized flue, blockages, multiple appliances connected to the same flue.

Smoky woodstove: smoky startups

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If your wood stove smokes when you first light it, but works properly after a few minutes, here are some things to consider:

Wood stove accessories

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There are lots of accessories for wood stoves, some for the purpose of improved performance, others for atmosphere or decoration. Here we will cover the basics from Ash Vacuum to Warming Shelves for use with a woodstove.

Buying a new woodstove

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It sounds complicated, and with all the features and options available on new stoves, it is! But with a little preparation, your stove shopping will be painless and successful. By considering some of the basics before you even arrive at the stove shop, you will be ready to ask the right questions and to look for the features that will really make a difference.

How much heat does the woodstove produce

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Another distinction, and the one perhaps most frequently misjudged, is the size of the stove. Newer, more efficient stoves heat a lot more space with a much smaller firebox.

How woodstoves distribute heat

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Which is better, a radiant woodstove or a circulating woodstove? The answer depends on the type of installation.

EPA-certified woodstoves

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Here is a simple guide to the types of new, EPA-certified stoves you will see in your local stove shop, and how they work. An understanding of these basic categories will simplify your stove shopping.

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