Is my stove certified in Washington State?

Please refer to Washington’s complete listing of certified stoves

How often should I clean my stove?

Wood Stove – Try to keep the glass clean on a weekly basis. If creosote is overheated and left on the glass, it will become very hard and difficult to remove. When using your stove frequently, use anti-creosote products to lessen the amount of build-up. Lastly, BE SURE TO have a professional clean the chimney system once a year for the best draft and to reduce the likelihood of chimney fires.

Pellet Stove – Clean the glass as needed; however, if it is not cleaned routinely, creosote will become hard and difficult to remove. Once a month, vacuuming out the inside of the stove body and removing soot and dust from the heat exchanger tubes is important. This decreases the contaminating particles that may be introduced into the fans. Once a Burn Season always clean out the creosote from the chimney system.

Gas – When working with gas, always have a professional certified technician service your stove. Once a season, the exhaust should be cleaned. Whiting of the glass is common in many gas stoves; specialty ceramic cleaners remove this whiting and is an “as needed” maintenance issue. Never use common multi-purpose glass cleaners to remove residue on your glass or stove.

Can I install a wood stove in my mobile home?

Yes! There are a few requirements in the state of Washington for the installation of a wood stove into a Mobile Home.

  1.  There must be an air source from outside feeding the stove;
  2. The stove must be grounded to the frame and bolted to the floor;
  3. DVL Double Wall Pipe must be used inside the home;
  4. Always Remember that only stoves that have been certified in Washington are permitted to be installed in Washington–Especially Mobile Homes.

What is Creosote and what causes it?

Creosote is a residual byproduct of burning wood. While black and charred in appearance, creosote maintains a strong odor of the type of wood it came from. Creosote typically forms when wet unseasoned wood is burned or when the fire temperature is lower than 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Seasoned wood, or rather, wood that has had time to age and lose moisture, is always best recommended for burning in a woodstove. By burning seasoned wood, your wood stove will have less creosote buildup over time.

Professionals recommend the use of anti-creosote products to be burned inside your stove during frequent use periods to reduce creosote buildup.