Daily Prep

Bruce McElmurray

Be Your Own Chimney Sweep

DIY chimney cleaning
Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:15 PM

A wonderful summary of the steps and precautions to cleaning your own chimney.

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How to Prepare Your Woodburner for the Heating Season

Maintenance tips for woodstoves and chimneys
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:11 PM

In the Pioneer days, it was a tradition/ritual to take the stove out to the shop, disassemble it, clean everything to like new condition, replace any worn parts or hardware, reassemble everything, and apply a new coat of stove black prior to reinstalling the whole thing. Even in today's faster paced world, this is still the optimum approach. Below is a list of maintenance steps and considerations to get the most out of your wood-based heating system and keep it safe and operating properly when you go to use it next. » Read more