Some people are fortunate enough to own a home with a fireplace already installed. It’s awesome to be able to relax in front of a crackling fire. However, if you aren’t that fortunate, there are other options available to you. Options that can have you relaxing in front of a cozy fire and other options that are easier to install than trying to add a fireplace to your home. One of these options is to add a wood, gas, or pellet stove. A great thing about these types of stoves? You can find a type to fit in any sized room. In addition, with three types to choose from, you can also find one to fit your heating needs. Do you already have one of these stoves and it doesn’t seem to be working quite right? If so, there are some things you can look at to troubleshoot.

Smoke and Odor

Sometimes your stove will have a bad odor attached, and sometimes your stove can be really smoky. Both of these things might make you worry that your stove isn’t working right, but they aren’t necessarily a sign of trouble.

If your new stove is emitting an unpleasant odor, it probably is because of just that. You have a new stove. Until the stove cures, you may smell a new paint type of smell, and that can last up to a week. If it doesn’t clear up after a week? It’s time to call in the professionals!

If your wood burning stove is smoking, it could be a variety of problems. The most common of those problems is as simple as the wood you’re burning. Also, if you’re a burning wood that is too wet, it will create a smoky fire. Another problem, however, is that wet wood causes creosote to build up at a faster than average rate. This is a dangerous situation because it can cause a chimney fire.

Heating Gaskets

Your stove has a gasket that insures that your stove stays air tight. This, in turn, gives you maximum burn time and makes sure that your stove won’t overheat. Do you use your stove a lot? If so, you’ll probably want to replace your gasket on a more frequent basis, even as often as yearly. Many stoves have a handle that lets you tighten the door if it’s loose. Consequently, if it gets to a point where you can’t adjust the door anymore, you probably want to replace the gasket.


Your firebricks are there to protect the steel from excessive heat, so this is something that you need to make sure stays in excellent condition. If you notice that your firebricks are starting to get worn or if the steel is in direct contact with your fire, you’ll want to replace them.

Call the Experts

If you have questions about your stove or whether some of the problems that you are seeing are more than just simple repairs, you’ll want to call in professionals who know what they’re talking about – the experts at Chimney Doctors of Colorado. They’ll know when to clean, when to repair, or when to replace. And they also know how to properly install any type of new stove that meets your desires!