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:
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.
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!
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.