Can Wood Stoves Cause Health Problems?

Wood stoves can cause health problems! It’s not a popular opinion, but at Black Moose Chimney & Stove, we are in the business of keeping families healthy and safe, and our customers need to know the truth. If your wood stove is not properly maintained, installed correctly, vented properly, and burning appropriate wood, it will lead to health problems.

Wood Burning stove in new London NHYour Wood Stove & Chimney

In order to properly vent harmful gases and pollution out of the house, your chimney should be in proper working order. The best way to make sure your chimney is installed and working properly is to have your system installed by a professional. Only a professional knows the properly sized chimney for the best ventilation. A too-small chimney can become a fire hazard, and a too big chimney can cool too fast and cause a smoke to drift out of the stove when opened, deposit more creosote and soot in the flue, lower efficiency, and raise fire risk.

Your Wood Stove & Firewood

Many homeowners think it’s okay to burn freshly-cut wood, but this is one way to increase the risk of health problems! Properly seasoned wood burns cleanly, efficiently, and completely, leaving less behind for you to clean from your stove later. Seasoned firewood also produces less soot, creosote, and smoke in general. When you burn wet (also called green) wood, your chimney becomes less efficient, and the smoke is more likely to leave the fireplace and affect your respiratory health.

Your Wood Stove and Maintenance

The worst thing that can happen to a wood stove is neglect. When they’re installed by a professional, you are assured they will work properly for some time, but still need routine maintenance. In fact, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend routine sweeps and annual inspections for the most efficient and safe chimney systems possible. Your wood stove has a chimney that needs routine maintenance. When the chimney isn’t cleaned regularly and inspected annually, it can fall into disrepair, may leak, may have draft issues, and even grow mold and other bacteria! This is definitely not good for your health.

Your Safe and Efficient Wood Stove

Industrial standards and technological advancements now allow for wood stoves to compete with the most efficient and “green” home heating systems. Like all other systems, however, the wood stove must be used properly and maintained. No matter what fuel you use, if you neglect it, it will be unsafe and unhealthy.
1. Professional installation only
2. Familiarize yourself with user guide
3. Use firewood properly
4. Schedule routine maintenance
5. Update and advance as time progresses

It’s easy to fall behind, but you don’t have to. When you hire Black Moose Chimney & Stove to install, service, or repair your wood stove and chimney system, you can rest assured that we’ll stick with you through all of your comprehensive chimney care. We service the area year-round, and always put safety at the top of the priority list.

Call Black Moose today at (603) 525-7905.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)