The Heating with Wood DVD Set - Disc 1

How to Safely Heat with Wood

The Heating with Wood DVD set Disc 1

Disc 1 - The Heating with Wood DVD

Intro 2:36

A short introduction covering some of the reasons why you may want to heat with wood today. The following chapters will teach you how to safely heat with wood

Chapter 1

Nan at Stove at Tall Pines Farm stoves and fireplaces

Wood Burning Appliances 11:20

The decision process in choosing a wood burning appliance begins with knowing what is currently available on the market today. We visit a wood stove dealer with over 30 years of experience and gain valuable insight that will help you be better prepared to ask the right questions when you’re shopping for a wood stove, fireplace insert, or wood-fired central heating unit.

Frank Goryl at Fireplace insert
  • Learn about the benefits of modern EPA rated wood stoves
    Learn about the properties of steel, cast iron and soapstone stoves.
    Find answers to these commonly asked questions:
    When should I replace my old stove? What size stove should I buy?
    Where should I locate the stove? Should I install my own wood stove?
Floorplan layout for wood burning stove

Learn about how to modify an existing fireplace into a viable heat source, and visit a homeowner to see why he chose a Zero-Clearance fireplace to heat his home. Several options are discussed in switching from an oil or gas fired central heating system to wood central heat.

Chapter 2

The Author of the Heating with Wood DVD at wood stove
How to light a fire with a torch
Wood Stove Thermometer for stove pipe
Time lapse of wood stove burning wood

Starting & Maintaining a Fire 19:23

Learn about the basics of building a fire and operating the controls of a wood burning appliance. Along the way, you will discover:
When and why you must build a break-in fire…
What is kindling and how to obtain a season’s worth in just a few hours…
Why make a small torch to aid in starting a fire…
How to deal with simple back draft issues when first lighting the stove…
The proper placement techniques for laying kindling in your stove…

Learn how you can increase your draft for a faster start, and when to make the air adjustments on your stove to control the fire.
Learn about the importance of a hot daily fire, the orientation of log placement in relationship to draft, and the things you should never burn and why.

  • Learn how to:
    Use a stove thermometer to determine burn rates
    Control the burn rate of your appliance to get more or less heat
    Control excessive draft or handle a stove full of hot coals that isn’t producing much heat
    Dispose of ashes properly and learn about the beneficial use of ashes
    Remedy a smoldering fire in a few easy steps
    Make kindling from plain cardboard
    Create a sustaining fire that will heat your home for hours with the stove left unattended

Tips include:
Why you need to know the locked position of your door handle, why a glass door is preferred, why you may or may not want to burn soft wood, and what kind of newspaper makes good kindling. Also, an important tip on what to avoid doing that could lead to a cracked stove and void its warranty.

Time lapse of wood burning in stove description

Chapter 3

Incorrect chimney placement in a home
David Corazzi speaks about wood burning safety
How to avoid creosote buildup in a chimney
Disassembling stove pipe to clean the chimney

Chimney Maintenance 17:12

Chimneys aren’t pretty to look at, and are usually tucked away in a corner and forgotten. But they are an extremely important component to the operation of any wood burning system. This chapter covers chimney basics and much more…

  • Learn about the importance of your chimney’s location for a low maintenance and trouble free chimney.
    Join us as we discuss chimney fires and blocked flues with an experienced fireman.
    Learn how to prevent a chimney fire and life saving expert advice on what to do in case
    of a chimney fire or blocked flue.

    Also, learn what you should never do after a chimney fire!

    Learn about the types of creosote and which one you want to avoid at all costs…

You’ll learn how to:
Deal with stubborn creosote…
Minimize creosote build up…
Hire a chimney sweep with the right credentials…
Disassemble your stove pipe…
Identify poor chimney connections…
and much more..

How to clean a wood burning stove chimney

Chapter 4

Required clearances around a wood burning stove
Safety gate around a wood burning stove
Building a stone or brick hearth for a wood burning stove
Carbon Monoxide detector around a wood burning stove
Climbing down a safety ladder
Correct use of a fire extinguisher

Safety 9:32

Every home needs basic wood burning safety equipment, no matter what heating system you use.


Find out what needs to be in place when heating with wood…

  • Learn about:
    Clearances for a wood stove and how you can safely reduce those clearances…
    What’s available for child safety around a wood stove…
    Commercial hearths and an example our own hearth we built ourselves…
    Basic family fire safety with a fire escape plan…
    Where you should and shouldn’t install CO detectors…
    The ideal locations to install fire extinguishers…
    The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisioning…
    How to use a fire extinguisher and which ones are friendlier to the environment…
    Why you need two types of smoke alarms…
    Why you should never test fire your fire extinguisher…
    and much more…

Chapter 5

Incorrect chimney placement in a home
David Corazzi speaks about wood burning safety
How to avoid creosote buildup in a chimney
Disassembling stove pipe to clean the chimney

Enjoying Your Hearth 5:26

OK, let’s get to the fun stuff…
There are a few products that make maintaining a wood burning appliance
much easier, and some are real necessities.

  • Learn what tools we use the most, and why gloves are necessary tools…
    Learn how to distribute heat to the upstairs and from room to room…
    Learn why a humidifier will help you save fuel and heat easier…
    Learn what you should never use to clean your glass…
    Learn about a commercial product that is an alternative to kindling and really works well to start a fire in just a few minutes…

After Disc 1 you’ll be operating your wood burning appliance like a seasoned pro…
So it’s time to pop in
Disc 2 where you’ll learn how to buy or cut and stack your fire wood for the next season!

Simple solution to cleaning the glass on a wood stove

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