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Wood Stoves

Part One
Using Wood Stoves
By Ole Wik
Photographs by Manya Wik
Chapter 1. Why Wood?
How 1 got started with wood stoves. Some comments on energy, economics and ecology.
Chapter 2. About Wood Stoves
Common elements. Increasing specialization. Diversity of types. Wood range. Wood cookstove. Combination range. Kitchen heater.Franklin stove. Freestanding fireplace-stove. Pot-bellied stove. Parlor stove. Box stoves (cast iron; sheet steel). Airtight heater. Cabinet heater. Downdraft stove. Wood furnace. Standing heater. Collapsible stove. Laundry heater. Galley range. Marine fireplace. Marine cabin heater. Caboose stove. Wood-fired water heater. Drum heater. Barrel stove kit.
Chapter 3. About Ovens
Integral ovens.Stovepipe ovens. Stove-top ovens.
Chapter 4. About Stovepipes
Function. Sizes, types, finishes. Joints. Adapters. Elbows. Dampers. Tees, draft correctors. Stack robbers.
Chapter 5. Stove Accessories
Poker. Ash hoe. Shovel. Whisk broom. Tongs. Gloves. Trivet. Foil door closure pad. Cleaning tools. Wire brush. Stove polish. Stove pad. Ash can.
Chapter 6. About Wood
All wood is not createdequal. Different types: dry, half-dry, punky, pitchy, green, driftwood. Different species.
Chapter 7. Using Wood Stoves
Fire as a living thing. Starting a fire. Getting a stove to draw. Rekindling a small fire. Heating: life cycle of a fire. Moderating a fire. Taming a stove that won't shut down. Holding a fire overnight. Keeping a small fire. Incinerating. Ashes.
Chapter 8. Cooking With WoodStoves
Frying. Roasting. Simmering. Pressure cooking. Toasting. Charcoal cooking. Baking with and without an oven.
Chapter 9. Stove Safety
Suggestions for safe location, installation, use and maintenance. The creosote problem. Stack fires. Soot removers. More safety suggestions.
Chapter 10. Getting Wood
Where. Types of saws. Sharpening saws. Sawbucks. Splitting wood. Wood carrier.Chapter 11. The Personality of Wood Stoves
Stove idiosyncrasies. Stove talk. Reading smoke signals from the stovepipe.

Many of my friends will recognize their stoves and their ideas in these pages. This is especially true of Oliver Cameron, who helped me get started on my very first homemade stove, and whose creations are sprinkled throughout thisbook. For favors large and small, I would also like to thank Scotty Bacon, Don Bucknell, Truman Cleveland, Dan Denslow, Tommy Douglas, Nelson Griest, Larry Gay, Jack Hebert, Keith Jones, Mike Jones, Howard and Seth Kanther, Ted Ledger, Pete MacManus, George Melton, Pat Reinhard, Mike Schieber, Bob Schiro and Don Williams.
I am also grateful to my wife, Manya, for much helpful feedback on themanuscript; to her dad, A. J. Klistoff Sr., for translating my stove designs into beautifully welded steel; to the staffs of the Alternative Sources of Energy Lending Library and the Seattle Public Library for help in obtaining various research materials; and to Dave and Kaye Rue and Barbara Donnelly for letting me use the schoolhouse when the cabin was too hectic for writing.
Finally I would liketo offer thanks to the craftsmen from all over Alaska whose designs appear in these pages, and who are carrying on the art of building wood stoves by hand.
Part One
Using Wood Stoves
Chapter 1
Why Wood?
When I first went to live in the Far North, I knew next to nothing about wood stoves. But I was firmly committed to wood heat, so I looked through the mail-order catalogs, picked out amodel that looked promising, and sent off the order. Freezeup was well under way by the time my cabin was built, and still there was no word on the stove. I wrote to the supplier, who replied that he was out of stoves and had put my money on account.
So there I was, 35 miles above the Arctic Circle, 3 miles from a small Eskimo village served only twice a week by mail plane (weather permitting),...
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