It’s a Cat’s Life: Best seat in the house

Sunday was a perfect day to break in the new wood stove. Since new stoves emit a smell we figured on taking advantage of the beautiful afternoon (crisp, sunny and cool) to break in the Jotul. The first break in procedure is to heat the stove up to 200, let burn for an hour then allow stove to cool to room temperature. Then fire up again till temperature reaches 300 degrees, let burn for another hour and once again allow stove to cool to room temperature. Repeat once more with temperature reaching 400 degrees.  With it being a nice day, we had the front and back doors open to allow the “new stove” smell to escape.  

For kindling we used scrap pieces of wood that were salvaged. The large logs were the non native eucalyptus that we bartered for with a friend of ours who has a tree trimming business.

Upon the first firing of the stove, we all stood around in a sort of hypnotic gaze as the soft flames illuminated the glass window.

“…We start from the premise that heating a house with wood, partly or totally, is environmentally appropriate (conditionally) and economically beneficial. That doing it is physically healthful, and that experiencing it is comforting to the body and soothing to the spirit. Big claims for a heating fuel.Like any other human endeavor, wood heating can be done badly or well. Wood can be harvested poorly, burned dirty and its heat wasted. Or, wood can be harvested sustainably, burned cleanly and efficiently, and its energy used to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. ” –

More about heating you house with wood —
10 Reasons Why Should Heat with Wood

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  1. Melanie says:

    I have become partial to heating with wood lately, but unfortunately we can not at this time. But…my hubby sells fireplaces for a local company so..I can dream about the one I will get some day. 😉

  2. gerry medland says:

    As a proud wood burner owner,enjoy the experience,enjoy the heat!
    gerry m

  3. claire says:

    your stove looks lovely, long may it burn!!

  4. Amy says:

    Seattle experienced a really bad wind storm this past week, which resulted in a blackout (no lights or heat), lasting days on end. My family and I were really thankful we had installed a nice wood stove, which we used to heat our home and cook a little food to keep us going during those dark and cold days. Many people we know did not fare so well.

    It’s also pleasant during less stressful times. 🙂