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Store your wood for 2024.

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As winter bids us farewell and the first signs of spring emerge, it’s already time to prepare for next year.

Transitioning from the colder season to the warmer one requires thoughtful steps to ensure the safe storage of your wood heating equipment and preserve the comfort it brought during the winter. In this guide, we’ll explore how to gracefully wrap up the wood heating season and set the stage for a smooth transition into spring.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Wood Heater

Before you retire your wood heater for the season, a thorough cleaning and maintenance routine is in order. You can book a service and clean from your nearest AHHA member, or if you prefer to get the job done yourself, follow the below steps:

  1. Begin by clearing out your ash by carefully removing them from your wood heater. Dispose of them in a metal container and store them away from flammable materials.
  2. Clean the interior using a wire brush or scraper to clean the interior surfaces of your wood heater or stove. Remove any soot or creosote buildup, which can cause problems if left unattended during the warmer months.
  3. Inspect your wood heater for any signs of wear and tear. Address any issues promptly to ensure it’s in good working condition when you need it next winter. Call an AHHA member if you’re unsure!

Store Firewood Properly

As you move from wood heating to warmer temperatures, proper firewood storage becomes essential to maintain the quality of your wood supply for the next winter.

  • If you have any seasoned firewood left, use it up before spring arrives. This prevents the wood from becoming over-seasoned and losing its heating efficiency.
  • If you have any unburned firewood left, cover the stack with a tarp or firewood cover to protect it from spring rains and humidity.
  • Keep the firewood stack elevated off the ground to prevent moisture absorption. A sturdy firewood rack will do the job perfectly.

Prepare the Flue and Chimney

Properly closing and maintaining your flue will help prevent any unwanted pests from making their way inside your home while ensuring they remain in good condition for the next wood heating season. Firstly, close the flue damper to prevent drafts and unwanted outdoor elements from entering your home during the milder months. Then inspect your chimney for any nests or blockages that may have formed during the winter. Remove them promptly to avoid potential issues later on!

Off-Season Maintenance

The AHHA highly recommends scheduling a professional inspection. Before you tuck your wood heater away, give one of our many members a call and get them to fix any underlying issues or make a recommendation for maintaining or using your wood heater correctly. This will ensure you get the brightest and cleanest flame for many years to come.

Finally, if you need to upgrade your firewood storage, now is the time to do so! Consider investing in a firewood shed or firewood rack.

By cleaning and maintaining your wood heater, storing firewood properly, and preparing your flue for the off-season, you can ensure your wood heating equipment remains in excellent condition for next year. Embrace the changing seasons, knowing that your wood heater will be ready to welcome you with its cosy embrace when the colder days return. Until then, savour the budding signs of spring and the promise of renewal that this season brings.

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