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How to Clean A Wood Stove

There have been SOOO MANY chimney fires in our area lately. A combination of the power outage from the windstorm and cold temperatures I’d imagine. One day I counted 18 fire dept pages for different chimney fires in Spokane. Crazy. People buy houses in town that have fireplaces and never think of using them until a time like this when the power is out and it’s getting really cold. Of course it hasn’t been cleaned out in years and the previous owner probably left the chimney nice and dirty. Those things have to be cleaned out (better yet visually inspected)! Even if you don’t use it on a regular bases.

I know I’m preaching to the choir on here to almost everyone but if you have city dwelling friends it never hurts to drop a gentle reminder. I know of at least two houses here that have burned beyond salvage in our area because of chimney fires that spread to a roof or attic in the past week. Lesson – don’t count on using that fireplace in an emergency unless you clean it out and inspect it every once in a while.

It also helps to know how to deal with a chimney fire. To know how to shut your fireplace or wood stove down, immediately. Our fire district used to give out these neat little packets that you could toss in your stove or fireplace that would immediately put out the fire. It also sends up a nice plume of some concoction that robs a chimney of the oxygen a chimney fire needs. They don’t hand those out anymore, because of budget concerns but maybe your local fire department does. I know even our local DNR office used to give those out (but again I don’t think they do anymore). If not I believe you can still buy them, they never go bad and could be pretty handy.

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