Many people enjoy the rustic feel and relaxing ambiance of a wood burning fire. However, when it comes to fire in your home, many people will be regretful that they didn't clean and inspect the chimney of their wood stoves. Why should you clean and inspect your chimney? Here're three primary reasons. To prevent a chimney fire. To protect your health of your family members. To avoid smoke damage as when a chimney is not regularly cleaned, soot which will leave a black film around your hearth and soil any furniture, carpeting or decorations nearby.

Then, let's discuss about the stove inspection checklist.

I. Stoves Chimney Inspection Checklist

A few things on stove chimney checklist will include looking for:

The best way to be sure that everything is in proper working order and is safe for use is to have the chimney checked and/or cleaned. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests that you have your chimney cleaned and professionally inspected at least once a year for maximum efficiency and safety. Common chimney problems include build-up of deposits and chimney fires. Here're details.

Soot is a brown or black soft powder, which is made up mostly of carbon and sometimes combined with ash. The threat this buildup poses depends on the amount of ash it contains, as more ash reduces the problem.

Carbon is flammable, posing a larger risk of a chimney fire.

Creosote, another flammable substance, starts off as a residue of smoke and vapors from wood. It clings to the venting system as it builds up as a hard, flaky deposit resultant from incomplete combustion.

Glaze is the toughest chimney intruder to remove, that's a tarry, shiny substance which puddles up in the chimney and sometimes even drops down into black icicle-like deposits that hang above your multi burning stoves. It's the most dangerous chimney fire culprit because of how dense it is, allowing the glaze to burn longer. Glaze should be removed when buildup reaches or exceeds 1/8 inch.

II. Other Stoves Inspection Checklist

In addition to have checked your chimney, there are some fairly obvious safety measures you should take in preparation for your stove's first seasonal use. You'd better add the following to your inspection checklist:

Proper firewood. Only use dry wood that has been split and seasoned outdoors for 6 months to 1 year.

Move all flamable goods from the area of fire hazards.

Set up a smoke detector and make sure that it can works regularly. A smoke detector will alert you of problems near your stove wood burning.

Install a carbon monoxide detector. CO is a major concern when burning fires in the home.

Fire extinguisher. Be prepared to deal with the situation by having a fire extinguisher nearby to avert a crisis.

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