As we’ve pointed out several times on this site, we’re quite big fans of stoves. They are becoming increasingly common in this country, due to their unique properties that set them apart from the more traditional fireplace fare.
But if you are thinking of buying one, there are a few extra things you may want to consider as well. Some of these tips are for convenience, others are for safety. If you take them all under advisement, you’re are giving yourself the best chance to enjoy your stove with no consequences.
Firstly, before you even turn your stove on for the first time, check your chimney is clear. If it is blocked in anyway, smoke will billow back out of the fireplace and into the house. You don’t need us to tell you that that is bad. And just because you think the chimney flue is clear, you also need to check that you don’t have a chimney cap on top of it, as this will also result in smoke re-entering your house.
This should be a no-brainer of a purchase. When dealing with open flames, every precaution should be taken to avoid burning yourself. You might think that you will be fine just throwing the logs into the stove quickly, but that is simply tempting danger. What if one of the logs bounces back out? You won’t be able to pick it up bare handed without serious pain.
So make sure you have a sturdy pair of flame retardant gloves. This way, you can safely place the logs inside the stove, and make sure they aren’t going to roll anywhere.
A less obvious purchase than gloves, a log holder does still serve an important purpose. Unless you have the means to chop down trees and throw the logs straight into the stove, you’ll need somewhere to keep them. Iron log holders have been made to ensure the logs can’t roll anywhere, removing the tripping hazard they present, and they look much nicer than merely having a big bag full of logs.
Finally, the biggest safety precaution of all. Stoves have been designed to keep the flames within them, and have features built in that enable you to extinguish them fairly quickly. But again, open flames are a hard to tame beast. There is a chance, however remote, that the flames could get outside of the stove.
Be it through a log rolling out, or the door not being properly closed, there is a chance something could catch fire, and as we all know, fires can spread quickly. So we strongly advise you have a fire extinguisher close at hand. You don’t need to put it next to the stove (actually, that is the worst place to put it), but have it nearby so you can get to it and use it quickly in an emergency. The compact ones are small enough to fit in a cupboard.
Also, make sure you get the correct fire extinguisher. We suggest foam, as it can tackle more fires than traditional water fire extinguishers can. Here is a helpful guide to the different types.