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Logs on stove 1 (2)                Logs on stove 3


This householder had been trying to dry logs on top of her lit stove. This is how they were found and you can see the scorched wood in the second picture. Please don’t try to dry your logs on or near a lit stove or you may end up with a much bigger fire than you’d planned for. Using dry logs is ideal but it’s a job best done outside in a log store or in a commercial kiln. Drying logs near the stove can also introduce fungal spores in to the air you breathe. Any insects in or on the logs will move to other parts of your house! Fires are very safe if correctly fitted but common sense helps too. If this person had fallen asleep or forgotten about it, the consequences could have been disastrous.

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Logs round stove - Mark Hagon    Logs round stove 5   Logs with fire 3


Looks pretty but could be deadly. Logs stacked around a stove might look nice but it’s an accident waiting to happen. As professional sweeps we see this sort of thing too often. Never stack logs or place clothes driers too close to your stove. Also, don’t hang anything combustible above your stove it it’s possible it could fall down on it. You don’t want to end up with the wrong sort of fire in your living room!

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