wood heat

First you climb the roof to clean the stove pipe.

dipping the pipebrush

It’s a soapstone stove with catalytic combustor, but ash and creosote still accrete, so brushing’s needed once a year.  Your wife’s in the house beside the stove, hugging the stovepipe with plastic bag under the pipe — a precaution against ashy house syndrome.

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Meanwhile the man who supplies the wood has his machine.

You’ve got to keep the stove in working order.

stovepipe

 Sometimes that means changing the combustor.

combuster_replace

You’ve got to split the wood.

splitting wood

Today we don’t need it.  But we’re ready now.

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