Emptying the ash buildup in my woodstove
Although it can sometimes be a considerable amount of work, I am starting to enjoy using a wood stove to heat my house. I work in an office for nine hours a day and look forward to coming home to chopping wood for an hour or so before dinner every evening. It’s less of a chore for me than it is physical therapy and stress release. I have a special area set up against one of the walls in my garage where I stack the chopped wood neatly and then strap it in with metal chains. The entire area fits two full cords of wood which is typically more than enough to get me through winter. That is if I manage to fill the storage area before consuming wood for the season. The other regular chore involved with my wood burning setup is emptying and disposing of the ash that accumulates in the bottom of my wood stove. If left neglected, it can start to limit that space available for firewood and can make keeping a good fire going for hours at a time a needlessly frustrating endeavor. I made a special collection tub for the ash out of a kitchen sized garbage can and a nylon bag. I always go to great lengths to give the ash sufficient time to cool off because of the danger of starting a fire if a hot ember is accidentally left in the ash you’re throwing away. Once my ash collection tub fills up, I remove the nylon bag and dump it outside in my backyard and then I wash the bag with my laundry so I can keep using it again. Although a wood burning setup might not be feasible or practical for everyone with the added chores and energy that go into maintaining one, having a real fire burning in your house can be a rewarding experience. It just takes a minimal level of care and patience.