Category Archives: How To

How to Burn Wise with an EPA Catalytic Stove

Catalytic stoves use a catalytic combustor to recirculate and burn the smoke that otherwise would leave the chimney as dirty wasted fuel. Unlike older stoves, this stove is most efficient if you load it fully. The air controls will then regulate the rate of burn if you don’t want a high temperature and with a…
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Safety and Maintenance Tips for Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

The first step to safe wood stove operation, is proper installation, preferably by a certified professional like Top Hat. The critical consideration in placing the stove is adequate clearance; that means, the stove must be located a safe distance from any objects called “combustibles” that could catch fire such as surrounding walls, furniture, draperies or…
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How to Troubleshoot Your Wood Burning Appliance

If you’re having trouble starting the fire or getting enough heat from your wood stove, make sure you are avoiding the five most common mistakes by using these tips: Begin with an initial hot fire. Use only dry, seasoned wood. Use plenty of kindling. Don’t use big wood, split the logs again. Give the fire…
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