|Cherry Red stove pipe|
Chimney fires are a real danger. We have known a number of people who have lost or nearly lost their homes to chimney fires. Because of the threat of fire, we have taught our children what to do in the event of a chimney fire. It is a little trick that Sir Knight learned years ago, when he worked at a fire station in Issaquah, Washington, but it has proven to be incredibly effective.
When our chimney is on fire and the dampers have done little to starve the fire of oxygen, we quickly submerge a large pile of newspapers (we keep them on hand in the kitchen to use as firestarter) in a sink full of water. Once the paper is thoroughly soaked, we open the stove, dump the papers in the firebox, closing the lid and all of the stove dampers. As the paper hits the burning coals, a large amount of steam rises from the wet papers. The steam puts out the fire in the stovepipe almost immediately.
|A wad of wet newspaper in the firebox|
Fire is a very real risk when you heat with wood. By having a pile of newspaper in your kitchen, you will always be prepared to take care of a chimney fire quickly and effectively. Tell your neighbors and teach your children. Don't let a chimney fire ruin your night.
***NOTE: Remember, there are times when wet newspaper won't be enough to put out your fire. Don't hesitate to call the fire department! They are there if you need them!