Art Vandelay wrote:Metroid wrote:Art Vandelay wrote:I heat with wood exclusively, and I regularly leave the house with a fire going. I don't think it's anything to be concerned with at all, assuming you're up on your maintenance.
Depends on what type of fireplace you have, like what type of covering you have over the face opening. My buddy heats with wood exclusively as well, one time we were hanging out and a log "popped" and a large ember actually flew over his fire screen and rolled onto his rug....I'm glad we were there.
If you have an "insert" I wouldn't worry, flue fires are pretty rare and even if that happens when you're home most likely your neighbor will notice first.
Right. I've got a wood stove, not a fireplace, and it has a door that latches closed, not a screen. I definitely wouldn't leave home with a fire burning if there was any chance of an ember escaping. Although, sometimes when I'm home, particularly when I'm first getting the fire going, I leave the door cracked open to create more airflow, and the other day the fire popped and shot an ember all the way across the room. It hit me in the back of my head and fell behind me into the chair I was sitting in, burning a small hole in it. Another time a couple weeks I went to open the door and put a piece of wood on and when I did a piece fell out and rolled onto the floor. Apparently the wood inside had shifted as it burned and was resting against the door. Luckily we keep a fire-proof rug in front of the hearth, so it didn't burn the carpet or anything, but it certainly put a scare into me. And I clean my flue once in the fall when it starts to get cold and again halfway through the winter, plus I get up there and check it a couple times between cleanings, and I burn a lot of madrone, so I'm not too worried about a flue fire.
Gotcha. Yeah wood stoves or wood burning inserts are where its at, pellet stoves are actually very efficient too. Sadly the home I'm in now has none of those nor a fireplace of any kind, kind of a tough one for me being a mason.
Man you clean your flue a lot, it's probably a good thing but you may be doing more than you need to, you know your flue better than I though. Stove pipes have a much more narrow opening so they do have to be cleaned out on occasion. You can also do "controlled flue burns" from time to time that help burn out the gooey creosote that sticks to the walls of the stove pipe, and turn it into carbon. You could probably find a book or site on the web on how to do that, I have never done it myself.
It's funny I asked my bosses dad(77 year old mason) how often he cleaned his flue(open face brick fireplace and chimney) he laughed and said never. Cleaning flues, he said, was BS and a just a way for people to make money. Obviously flue fires happen so he is just being silly, but he was partially serious.
Funny story Knapp, I imagine you running around in your feety-jammies, screaming, with your arms flailing about over your head.