I thought I had most everything covered when I made the wood stove a goal for the year. Overall I did good with big items such as the stove itself and getting the wood but a few little items have cropped up. I thought I’d share a few of the of the lessons I have learned so far on this little adventure.
Wood stoves are more work than you think! I had a plan for the wood I bought to be much shorter in length. I will end up cutting nearly all the wood compared to what I had planned on it being mostly shorter pieces of wood. When you get into the actual cutting it takes time and effort and there are a few safety considerations as well especially if you are using power tools. Dad gave me his old table saw when I moved into the house and I think it’s a good one but I never used a table saw before and the saw seems to be snatching the wood away from me. I think the blade needs to be replaced and I should get a block of instruction before using it again. Dad is working right now so my main teacher is busy and I still need to cut some wood. I could use the electric chain saw but it isn’t the right tool for the cutting this wood.
I stopped by my favorite little pawn shop to see what they had and I picked up a heavy duty Black and Decker circular saw. I like that it doesn’t have 6 different buttons to push “for safety”. Heck I believe all those dang safety buttons and levers make the saw harder to use and less safe over all. I set up a board to be a guide for the correct length and started doing some cutting. I did 30- 45 minutes worth of cutting to get about what I hope is about two days worth of wood for the stove. The circular saw did great though it is a bit on the heavy side I could let the weight work for me. I’m using the big party buckets for the cut wood and it worked out great having them catch the wood as I cut it. So far this is a good solution and I added a circular saw to my tool box.
I don’t have a fireplace tool set for the stove, but I can clean the ashes once they are cold with my little shop vac. I will need a metal can to hold the ashes just in case any embers are present when I start using the stove everyday. So far the wood seems to be burning cleanly and is not generating a lot of ash but better to be safe than sorry. I found a Carbon Monoxide detector on Amazon that uses AA batteries and has a low battery warning light as well as sound. I can live with using batteries only as I have rechargables on hand. The detector has a good rating and is only $12.75 with shipping so I can afford to get 2. Once I find a good deal on a detector, electric with battery backup the battery only models can go into the RV and or handed out to a family member with the Mr. Buddy heater.
While I hope to use the wood stove exclusively for heat this winter I still have the big central heater. If I can’t get wood cut or have a couple of bad days with my CIDP I can stay warm.
Update: Dad stopped by to look at the table saw and give me a block of instructions. There was a few small problems with the settings and how I was cutting the wood. Everything looks and works good now and I should be able to get all my Party buckets filled so I can go a few days without cutting wood.