Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wood Burning Stoves

'Tis the Season


Wood burning stoves have become an increasingly popular, especially after the extreme weather we saw last year in Michigan. If you are considering installing a wood or pellet stove, or already have one, here are a few safety tips:

  • Always, always, always have a professional install your stove!
  • Keep sufficient clearance between the stove and any combustible materials.
  • Make sure your wood stove has a UL label.
  • Do not vent your stove through the same duct work as any other heating appliance.
  • Clean your chimney and stove pipe at least once per year.
  • Only burn dry, seasoned wood.
  • Do not start your fire with gas, oil, or any other flammable fluids.
  • Clean your stove regularly and dispose of ash outside, away from the house.
  • And of course, contact your local independent insurance agent to inform him/her of your new stove!

information gathered from insurance information institute