What to do if my wood stove stops working?

What to do if my wood stove stops working?


In today’s post, we raise one of the most worrisome problems for any home with a wood stove. What can we do if the stove stops working? How can I fix it?

This can be a serious problem. It means not only that you can’t heat your home, but there can be very worrying risks, such as the risk of fire.

If this problem has happened to you, don’t worry. In this post, we offer you a guide of steps to follow in case your stove stops working, as well as some tips to prevent future problems.

Checking the wood stove in the home

Steps to follow if your stove stops working

The first thing you should do is to make some initial checks before contacting a professional. It is important to know where the problem is coming from.

Here are the steps to follow!

Check that the chimney is clean

It is essential to ensure that the air circulates properly to have a good combustion. Therefore, we must make sure that the stove is clean. To clean the chimney, you can use a specially designed chimney brush to remove any obstructions. We recommend you read the post “How to sweep a chimney?

You should also check the chimney for cracks or damage that may affect its operation. If you find any such problem, call a professional.

Check that the firewood is dry

Damp firewood will not burn properly and can cause problems in the stove. Be sure to use dry firewood with a moisture content of less than 20% to ensure good combustion.

You can use a hygrometer to measure the moisture content of the wood to make sure it is dry.

If you do not have a hygrometer, you can also use other methods to determine if the firewood is dry. For example, you can tap two pieces of firewood together.  If they sound hollow and dry, the firewood is dry. If they sound rather wet and solid, the firewood is wet and not ready to be used.

In addition, it is important to use firewood cut into small pieces to facilitate combustion.

Use dry firewood for the fireplace

Check the air ducts

The air duct is essential to allow air to circulate properly in the stove and to prevent blockages. Be sure to check the air duct for obstructions or damage. Also make sure it is properly adjusted and connected to the stove.

In addition, it is critical to follow the installation tips for proper air draft.

Consult a professional

If after following these steps, the stove is still not working, you may need to call a professional to check the problem. A skilled technician will be able to determine the cause of the problem and provide the appropriate solution.

Tips to prevent future problems

The wood stove is an efficient and economical way to heat your home during the winter, but like any appliance, it can present problems from time to time. If you want to avoid future problems with your wood stove, it is important to follow some tips to keep it in good condition:

We hope this post has served as a guide and given you some ideas to talk about the history and culture of wood stoves. Keep an eye on our blog for solutions and recommendations to help you with your fireplace or wood stove… Thanks for reading!

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