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Staying safe while staying warm requires proper maintenance of wood stoves

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 23 2014 04:03:01 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 04:33:04 PM CST

Thursday was another day of frigid temperatures across the region, and people are turning to all kinds of heat sources to stay warm.

RICHLAND TWP., Pa. -

As the frigid temperatures continue across the region, people are turning to all kinds of heat sources to stay warm, but staying safe at the same time is critical.

69 News checked in with the professionals at Wood Heat in Richland Twp., Bucks Co., about the importance of maintaining wood stoves and pellet stoves. For many people, the stoves have likely been running for a while at this point in the winter.

"For wood burning, it's critical to check your chimney and have it cleaned," said Mark Ackermn at Wood Heat.

He said it's also important to burn the right kind of wood.

"If you cut down that tree then burn it, there's a lot of moisture in that wood and when you put it in your stove, it's going to burn sluggish and much higher chance of producing creosote in your chimney, which is a potential hazard," said Ackerman.

Cleaning helps reduce your risk of a chimney fire. Ackerman also had advice for properly maintaining pellet stoves.

"As you're burning the pellets, ash accumulates in the exhaust and especially in the middle of winter, you might start to see your flames look a little sluggish," he said. "Take a brush through the pipe, take the baffles out of your stove and give it a cleaning and it will keep on working fine."

Proper maintenance helps make sure exhaust safely gets out of your house.

"Take a brush through the pipe, take the baffles out of your stove and give it a cleaning and it will keep on working fine," Ackerman said.