Three Warning Signs Your Wood Stove Needs Replacing
Warning sign one: Warping. If parts of the stove start to look like rolling ocean waves instead of a smooth, flat surface, that indicates that the metal is compromised. Warping will allow more air to enter into the stove than it was engineered to contain. That will not only reduce efficiency, but can also create a hazardous over-firing situation, many times resulting in chimney fires.
Warning sign two: Shortened burn times. It’s a good idea to pay attention to burn times. If the stove gets really hot, but burns out quickly, that could be because of a leak in a crucial area like the door, gasket seal or ash pan. After a while, the stove will behave almost as if the door were open all the time.
Warning sign three: Sluggish performance. You might be struggling to light the stove, or find you’re smoking out the house when you’re lighting it. That could mean the baffle has caved in, or other welded and interior components have been warped or compromised.
It’s never easy to have to replace a hard-working appliance that has been so useful over the years, but there are significant benefits from upgrading. You will notice an efficiency increase going from older technology to newer, so you will have to load less often and use less wood. Newer models have updated safety standards, too. Depending on how old your previous model was, you might notice significant warmth increases throughout your home.
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