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    Hello,
    I'm thinking about installing a couple of wood burning stoves into a cottage i'm renovating. One to go into the living room, and one to go into kitchen/dining room. I was just wondering about somke alarms. I have never had a wood stove before.
    Can i put a smoke alarm into these rooms? Will they get set off by the stove when the door is opened?

    Any advice on the location of smoke alrms is also welcomed.i.e. should i put a smoke alarm in every bedroom?

    Thanks, Robert
    • CommentAuthorDaveOxford
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2009
     
    Hi Robert,

    We have had a multifuel stove for over twenty years, and we often burn wood. We have always also had a smoke alarm in the house. The only things that have ever set it off have been burnt toast and very hot fat in a frier or wok. You can be pretty sure that the woodstoves will not set off your smoke alarm if they are installed correctly and running OK. Conversely, if they DO set it off, there is almost certainly something wrong with your flue(s).

    D
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2009
     
    If correctly installed the only risk of smoke escaping is when you are actually lighting it. eg before the chimney is warmed up.

    Do choose your stove carefully. Different makes do seem to keep the glass clean longer than others. We're pleased with our Clearview Solution 400. Good well seasoned wood helps as well. Consider building a huge wood store and either seasoning the wood yourself or buy seasoned wood and dry it even further.
    • CommentAuthorcorktree
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2009
     
    I have a wood burning stove and yes it set off the smoke alarm several times.
    But......not as a result of the smoke escaping!
    When the stove was new it must have been coated with some sort of lacquer that when heated gave off fumes. These fumes were quite strong and as a result the smoke alarm was activated.
    The smoke alarm has never activated except for those few weeks whether the stove was open or closed
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2009
     
    I believe the paint used on most stoves has to be heat cured/baked on during the first few firings. Until then it can be a bit prone to scratching.
    • CommentAuthorwellburn
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2009
     
    a properly installed stove should never set off your smoke detector, - except maybe if you try starting it with damp newspaper.
    If you have a poor flue, - it could happen a lot......
    P
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