Gas and Wood Burning Stoves

Winterizing Napoleon gas and wood burning stoves: Tips and tricks from the pros

You want to burn your wood burning stove and gas stoves safely; of course you do. But how does one winterize them to make them efficient and safe?

wood-burning-stovesFirst off, a wood burning stove should have 36″ clearance from combustible materials and proper support and protection, such as a hearth mat. They should also be UL Listed. Use your Napoleon wood stove with a clean chimney and stove pipe. The Fire Marshal recommends that wood burning stoves be inspected at the beginning of the heating season.

If the wood burning stove is used frequently, then it may require additional cleaning. A Chimney of a wood burning stove produces creosote (soot), which is a natural by-product of wood burning. So if you have a Napoleon wood stove, you should burn only dry, seasoned wood and avoid slow burning, smoky to reduce the buildup of creosote in your wood burning stove. Also, burn your wood burning stove hot two times a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce creosote buildup. Wood burning stove users should dispose of ashes from their Napoleon wood stove in metal containers with tight-fitting lids. Place the container only on a non combustible surface, and never in a trash container.