Wood Stoves

Did you know?

Solid Fuel Burning Devices deposit creosote in pipes and chimneys - a fire hazard - these devices require careful maintenance, operation and regular cleaning.

A Checklist for Safety

Here is a quick review checklist of some helpful "do's" and "don'ts" if you use an alternative form of heating in your home.


  • Ensure that your equipment bears either a CSA or ULC label.
  • Ensure that stipulated clearances for your stove and venting system have been adhered to (ie. fire code or manufacturer's clearances, whichever are greater.)
  • Make sure your stovepipe is constructed of an approved material and that all horizontal sections incline upward from the stove at least one-quarter inch per foot.
  • Locate fire extinguisher where it will be accessible in the event of a fire.
  • Dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from buildings.
  • Clean and inspect all chimneys on a regular basis.


  • Burn trash in a wood stove.
  • Use a stovepipe as a chimney.
  • Use galvanized steel as a stovepipe for wood or coal appliances.
  • Vent stove into a chimney also used to vent a central heat system.
  • Use gasoline, lighter fluid, or other flammable liquid to start or rekindle a fire in your wood stove.
  • Put anything combustible near the stove, even temporarily.
  • Use coal in a wood-burning stove unless the manufacturer specifically says it's okay.
  • Overload the stove with wood or use green wood.
  • Use artificial logs which can create a fire that is too hot and which contain wax that can clog up the air inlet.
  • Touch the stove to see if it is hot.
  • Wear flowing clothing when you're near it.