Dos & Don’ts of Stove Safety

Today many homeowners are turning to pellet stoves to heat their homes. These appliances are available in either an electric or non-electric model as a fireplace insert or free-standing model. They burn compressed wood or biomass pellets and are known for being cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Here are some tips for safely operating this type of device.


Select the proper installation location.

Pellet stoves can be placed almost anywhere within a home. They must be located a safe distance away from furniture and combustibles objects, such as doors and drapes. The best spot within a room is near an exterior wall so that you can vent the stove directly outside. If you’re unsure about the placement, a technician can help you find a suitable location. Always follow the instruction manual provided with your stove.

Use stove-approved pellets.

When shopping for fuel for the stove always try a bag or two to see how they perform before buying a ton or two for the winter, you’ll likely come across several options, including corn, wood, hulled wheat, cherry pits, waste paper, and grass pellets. However, not every type will be appropriate for your device. Before making a purchase, double-check that the pellets are approved for your specific model. If you use the wrong fuel, it could create a lot of smoke and gum up your stove. Pay attention to how they are stored where you buy your fuel, pellets can draw moisture if left uncovered out in the open and will affect how they burn.


Neglect to install a carbon monoxide detector all homes should have one!

A pellet stove should have an exhaust system that directs carbon monoxide away from your home. However, you want to be prepared if there’s ever an equipment malfunction. Install a carbon monoxide detector within 10 feet of the stove. This way, you will immediately know if there is a gas leak so you can avoid any associated health complications.

Put off annual cleaning and inspections.

Before winter arrives, have a professional inspect your pellet stove to ensure it’s working safely and efficiently. They can assess all the components—from the hopper to the pressure switches—for signs of damage. A technician can repair or replace parts as needed so that you can stay warm and cozy throughout the winter months.