As new build properties have become increasingly compact in modern times, so too traditional stoves and open fireplaces have disappeared from the typical British home. Modern homes tend to include small and simple electric fireplaces, with only larger or older properties likely to include a classic wood burning stove.
If your home does feature such a stove, however, you will want to get the most from this without risking the safety of yourself or those around you. Wood burning fires must be handled responsibly and with great care, especially if you are parent with young children in the home.
Understanding the Important Stove Precautions
With this in mind, here are three of the most important considerations and precautions for using a stove within the home: –
- Check that your Chimney Stack is Clear
The mechanics of a traditional stove are unique, as the smoke that is produced by the flames must escape through the chimney stack in your home. This is crucial for ventilation purposes, as smoke will simply billow back out of the fireplace and into the surrounding living space if the stack is blocked or impeded. So you will need to complete a thorough inspection of the chimney flue, while also ensuring that a cap is not preventing the fumes to escape at the top of the chimney.
- The Importance of Keeping a Functional Fire Extinguisher Close at Hand
This is arguably the biggest precaution of all, as stoves are known for producing significant flames that can be difficult to control. Even though most wood burning fires are equipped with a lockable door, there remains a remote chance that the flames produced can grow out of control and seep outside of the stove.
If this does happen, you will need to have a fully-functional fire extinguisher at hand to ensure that the fire does not spread or quickly engulf the home. While it is crucial that the extinguisher is stored close by in an easily accessible space, please remember not to keep it next to the stove as this could cause significant issues in the event of an explosion.
- Invest in Iron Log Holders
Unless you have the capacity to chop down trees and place logs directly into the fire, you will need a space to store the wood that you use for kindling. This is a crucial purchase, as the last thing you need is a number of loose logs providing a tripping hazard within your home. Fortunately you can invest in iron log holders, which are sturdy, secure and largely unobtrusive within the home. They are also more aesthetically appeasing and enable you to store your logs in a convenient place.