Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions on Wood Inserts

Whereas it may be said that wood stove inserts are some of the easiest appliances to use, it is also veracious to say that guidance in the course of installing, operating, and maintaining them may lead to questions on some areas where clarity is vague. To avoid imprecision in any of the vital areas addressing safety of operation, the user’s guides to any wood inserts purchased are availed with detailed, easily retrievable information on the same. Below are some of the chief areas that customers and other users frequently ask about concerning wood stove inserts. They include, but are not limited to;

a)    The clearing space: This is the free space or allowance made available between wood inserts and the nearest combustible materials. This space should span at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) in front of the unit. Do not situate any combustible objects anywhere on the appliance or within 48 inches in front of it. This is because high temperatures may ignite flammable materials thereby causing a fire risk.
b)    The odors from units: This is the smell that may emanate from new wood stove inserts during their first few hours of operation. What causes this is the curing of the interior and sometimes exterior coats of paint or the burning off of applied oils at the manufacturer’s factory. The odor may also be smelt if the appliance is kept for a very long time before use- the smell in this case may come from accumulated dust during that said dormant state. Since the vapors and odors produced by initially operating wood stove inserts might be irritating to sensitive individuals, it is advisable to open windows to improve air circulation and allow in fresh air. The odors, however, do not remain for long as the appliances are put into constant use. The performance, effectiveness, and longevity of the appliances are not subject to the presence or absence of these odors whatsoever. 
c)    Unexplained metallic noises: These are sounds that may emanate from wood inserts during operation. The noises produced are similar to the sounds so produced by a heating duct or a furnace. These sounds are caused by metallic expansion during the heating stage and contraction during the cooling stage. These noises do not in any way affect the functionality or longevity of wood stove inserts.
d)    The whirring noises: These are the uninterrupted rapid buzzing sounds that may be heard within the vicinity of wood inserts in operation. The blower of a unit may at times produce a whirring sound and the volume thereof increases as the rotational speed increases. This does not at all affect the performance or durability of wood stove inserts.

Wood burning inserts are generally easy to use. The new ones may give off an odor at the initial few hours of operation but this does not further persist. These appliances also have a tendency to produce metallic sounds due to expansion and contraction of metal and buzzing sounds from their blowers. These do not affect the functionality of the wood inserts.

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