Four Lessons and Tips for Owning a Wood Stove in Kalamazoo
- Make sure you have an adequate amount of wood for winter
Especially if you’re new to owning a wood stove in Kalamazoo, it may be difficult to determine how much wood you will need. It’s dependent on the winter’s temperatures, where you live, what type of wood you will be using, how well-insulated your home is, how large your home is, whether or not the wood stove will be your primary heat source, and the wood stove itself. In Michigan, you can usually expect to burn at least three cords of wood a season.
- Wood stoves don’t require electricity
You may be saying, “Duh.” However, it’s not always the first thought in someone’s mind that they will still be able to heat their home even without electricity. Beyond heating your home, if you’re in an area that deals with frequent or prolonged power outages, it’s a great idea to get a wood stove with a flat service that can be used to cook or keep food warm.
- Use fans to circulate the warm air throughout your home
Besides the fan that comes with your wood stove, it’s also a good idea to have other fans strategic placed around your home to circulate the warm air. If you have tall ceilings, a ceiling fan is incredibly important to pushing down some of the hot air that rises and spreading it throughout your home.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated
If your home has single-paned or older windows, you’re losing a lot of heat to the outside. You should also make sure that there are not gaps around doors and windows where heat can escape.
At Hodgson Light and Log, we have a wide selection of wood stoves that are sure to keep you warm all winter long.