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A Guide to Residential Wood Heating

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They cost more than single-wall pipes, but last longer and produce a more stable assembly. You can place double-wall pipes closer to combustible materials than single-wall pipes. Installing Advanced Combustion, High-Efficiency Fireplaces Advanced combustion fireplaces are installed within the structure of the house and surrounded by combustible building materials. The fireplace and its heating flow paths, chimney and other components are safety tested together as a unit. Therefore, you can install only the chimney and the other components that the fireplace was tested with.

It is also a good idea to add one or two small pieces of dry firewood to the kindling load before lighting. Open the air control fully, light the newspaper and close (but don’t latch) the door. When the paper is flaming brightly and the kindling catches, latch the door. Some appliances have more restrictive air supplies than others, so you may have to leave the door ajar for as long as 15 minutes – until there is a hot kindling fire and the chimney is producing strong draft. Since leaving the door unlatched or open even slightly for extended periods may cause dangerously high temperatures, NEVER leave the stove unattended in this condition.

In this case, you should follow any detailed firing instructions in the operator’s manual that came with your stove or fireplace. An Alternative – Building a Top-Down Fire You may find it convenient to build a wood fire using the top-down method. To build a topdown fire, reverse the procedure described in the “Starting a Fire” section above – that is, place two or three firewood pieces at the back of the firebox and lean 10 to 15 pieces of kindling against the logs. Then place several crumpled sheets of newspaper on and around the kindling.

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