The demand for economy in tight times has made wood heat a more popular option. Wood stove accessories let you add flair to this time-tested heat source.
To keep the high temperatures surrounding your stove from ruining your flooring, be sure to buy a hearth pad. They come in a variety of finishes, from very plain to imitation brick or stone. The fibers in the pad insulate your floor from heat, and the tough steel coating keeps the heavy stove from leaving scratches and gouges.
A stove pipe sham wraps around your stove pipe to add a decorative layer and dress up the homeliest part of your stove. Look for heavy gauge iron that can withstand high heat. Botanical designs are very popular.
To increase your stove’s efficiency, consider installing a blower or fan. This add-on comes in a variety of designs. The Magic Heat style blower is driven by the heat rising up the stove pipe, which powers a mechanical fan, while electric fans run on 120V current. Either device will help your wood stove do its job by circulating heat to the cold corners of your house.
If you have a catalytic unit installed on your wood stove, then a thermometer is a must have item. These are specially manufactured to withstand high temperatures and attach to the stove’s pipe where you can see it. A thermometer will help you avoid the extremes of temperature, either too high or too low, that interfere with your stove’s efficiency.
Keep your ash pan cleaned out with an ash bucket and shovel. These accessories can be attractive as well as functional and come in many different finishes.
Another homelike touch is to put a metal teakettle full of water on top of your stove so it can steam and add water vapor to your air on dry winter days. A trivet should be used to prevent rust stains from any stray water that ends up under the kettle. These accessories are fun to shop for and buy because they come in such a variety of designs and colors.
After you’ve set up your wood stove, take some time to pick out some accessories. They’re practical and well worth the money you’ll spend, and they let you express your decorating style to make your home more uniquely “you.”
Bess F. Martin is an professional writer and research specialist who writes frequently about home and garden topics. Find out more about wood stove accessories and fireplace accessories and learn how to burn wood safely in your home.