General Wood Stove Safety

Below are some important safety tips, many of which are recommended by the National Fire Protection Institute, which produced the NFPA-211 standards used by the insurance industry. Remember to always use common sense and by no means consider this list to be complete or comprehensive. Always consult the Kimberly™ Owner’s Manual for safety recommendations specific to the Kimberly™ wood stove.

  • Install an EPA / CSA certified wood stove. Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety recommendations.
  • Install your wood stove to manufacturer’s instructions and local codes, if applicable. Do not modify!
  • Install a wood stove with an outside combustion air intake so that occupants do not compete with flames for oxygen.
  • Use an approved hearth pad of the proper size and type for your specific wood stove model.
  • Use an approved venting pipe appropriate for your specific wood stove model.
  • Use a spark arrester on the top of the chimney as outlined in your wood stove owner’s manual.
  • Run a ground wire from your chimney to the trailer of your tiny house to prevent damage from lightning strikes.
  • Bolt your wood stove and hearth pad to the floor of your tiny house.
  • Install a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector. Test and replace batteries regularly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy of the appropriate type and size. Keep it charged, and know how to use it.
  • Keep paper and other combustibles away from your wood stove. Be mindful of pets and small children which might knock things over and start a fire.
  • Open the damper handle prior to opening the door to prevent flashback. Always be mindful of the potential for flying sparks and live embers when opening the door to add fuel.
  • Never hang wet clothes to dry above a wood stove as they might fall off the hanger and start a tiny house fire.
  • Always dispose of ashes by placing them in a sealed metal container and placing the container on a non-combustible surface until they have extinguished themselves.
  • Wear leather stove gloves when loading your wood stove or removing ashes to prevent contact burns to skin from the wood stove.
  • Always burn wood with less than 20% moisture content, as verified by a moisture meter. Not only will you get more heat from your cordwood, but your wood will produce less smoke and less creosote.
  • Never burn pressed logs with wax or paraffin.
  • Monitor the accumulation of creosote in your chimney and clean it often to prevent chimney fires.