Do you have more DUST from burning with your wood stove

fespo Posted By fespo, Jan 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

  1. fespo

    Minister of Fire

    Dec 14, 2005
    South West burbs of Chicago
    Good evening everyone. Dose anyone seem to have more dust then normal from burning your wood stove? My wife says there is more dust then normal. Before eveyone says its from cleaning the ashes, well I have one of the those ash scoops that you fill in side the stove, close and remove. I bring wood in through the window so it not from walking throught the house with wood. Any ideas? Thanks Frank
  2. jeff_t

    Minister of Fire

    Sep 14, 2008
    SE MI
    I have no furnace running to filter the air. Plus the overall dryness.
  3. Hogwildz

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 3, 2006
    Next to nuke plant Berwick, PA.
    Since you use a scoop that works inside the stove you should not have that much added dust from the stove. Once in a while, when I leave the blower on high, and scoop the ashes out, especially with an empty ash pail, it will kick up some ash that floats about from dumping into the ash pail. Once there are enough ashes in the pail, I kinda stab the shovel into the ash that is already in there then slide the shovel out from under the ashes I just scooped out and into the pail. Never really get any ash dust flying doing it this way. All in all, I get more dust settling in the house in the summer from the windows being open, then I even come close to from the stove.
  4. Blue Vomit

    Blue Vomit
    Minister of Fire

    Jul 12, 2011
    eastern PA
    I think we do. We have the stove in the east wing, next to the billiard room. The cleaning staff tells me there is more dust in there than the rest of the mansion, but then again, you know how the cleaning staff complains! :cheese:
  5. WellSeasoned


    We have noticed an increase in dust since having the stove installed, but not anything that isn't manageable. Plus the arm loads of wood, saw dust in my pockets, ect,ect,ect.
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart LLC Mid-Atlantic Division
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    My staff blame it on the butler who feeds and cleans the stove.

    Yes, we have more dust. Than what I don't know since we have been heating with wood for 30 years.
  7. WellSeasoned


    Vomit.... Just ask the ground keeper to come in and help out with the dust.
  8. SlyFerret

    Minister of Fire

    Feb 12, 2007
    Delaware, Ohio
    I attribute the extra dust to the fact that the furnace fan almost never runs all winter long. The windows are shut, and the air isn't being filtered.

  9. ohlongarm

    Minister of Fire

    Mar 18, 2011
    Northeastern Ohio
    Run the furnace fans 10 minutes a day it will eliminate most of the dust associated with woodburning.Plus circulated heated air throughout your home.
  10. ScotO


    I agree with SlyFerret but you definately get more dust due to cleaning ashes out of your stove. Here's what I do, if it is any help to you......I let the coals burn way down, but not all the way out. I push all of the coals over to one side and remove the ashes on the other side first, then reverse the procedure and do the other side of the stove. I use a metal bucket and shovel the ashes into it, while holding my shop vac above the bucket (not too close), and I slowly slide the ashes into the bucket so as to not disturb and quell up the small coals that are in the ashes. Then I remove the ashes to the outside firepit. It made a huge difference by using that vacuum above the bucket when I am puttin the ashes in, you can see the fly ash getting sucked into the vaccum. Just make extra certain you DO NOT get any hot coals into the shop vac. You will know if you do, it will fill the room with smoke INSTANTLY.....They make fireplace sweepers but they are expensive.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    We get no more dust in winter than in summer. As for the ash dust, do it right and you won't have any ash dust. We can't run our furnace either because we sold it over 30 years ago.
  12. Dix

    Minister of Fire

    May 27, 2008
    Long Island, NY

    My staff blamed it on the cat. Go figure [​IMG]

    Honestly, you're saving a manure load of money, who cares about the dust/ash ;-P
  13. savageactor7

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 25, 2008
    Oh yeah lot's of dust, but that's just the nature of the beast.
  14. HotCoals

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 27, 2010
    I heard that some dust is just your dead skin falling off so if your in the room with the stove...i
  15. lopiliberty

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 7, 2011
    Mineral County, WV
    I find there is also more dust when the stove is burning so we up our cleaning from every other day in the summer to every day in the winter. Its alot of work to clean a 2,400 sq ft house everyday but its either that or get rid of my liberty and that will never every happen. I find with my liberty every time i open the door I always have some ash to blow out even with the air control open all the way and the bypass open. By the way how are things going with the liberty?
  16. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck
    Minister of Fire

    Feb 26, 2009
    Central PA
    I think we get more dust, but it isn't a huge difference or too much dust to tolerate. I dust the tabletops, etc. in the stove room almost every day. It takesmabe two minutes and I get only a little dust, but it helps keep the dust from building up and moving into other rooms. My wife dusts constantly all year long and doesn't say anything about extra dust from the stove so the must not be anything. She would definitely say something if there was more dust.
  17. nate379


    What exactly are you cleaning everyday?

    I dust, sweep floors, etc every 2-3 weeks and everyone says I keep the house way too clean!

  18. Green Energy

    Green Energy
    Feeling the Heat

    Feb 21, 2009
    Central Maryland (between DC, Balt. Fredrick)
    I get the usual wood dust/residue in the staging area where the splits sit before they are loaded into the stove. But I have noticed significantly less dust on the bookshelves than I used to get with my old CDW. A couple things that may contribute to this reduction (not complete elimination) is that I now have my stove discharge directly going up an insulated flue liner verses my old stove was just a 4 foot pipe going into a 9" x 9" exterior chimney. So my draft is much more positive which must keep keeps the ash in the stove better.

    The other thing that may contribute to less dust in the house is that the old stove was a cat stove verse the current stove is a EPA non-cat stove w secondary burn tubes. The cat stove choked the air flow in the cat resulting in the lower, slower burn. The new stove has a hotter faster burn with probably more air moving into the stove, at least at the beginning and middle of the cycle.

    Then again, it might be a sign of old age that I don't notice the dust as much.
  19. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly
    Minister of Fire

    Oct 26, 2011
    More dust....yes, gives the Wife something to do :coolsmile:
  20. Battleaxe


    Dec 5, 2011
    I think the bulk of the dust comes from cleaning the stove out. You have to be careful to scoop the ashes out carefully and not throw the shovels full of ash into your ash bucket too hard or there will be ashes kicking up and settling into the room. Just a tiny bit of patience putting your ashes into the bucket makes a huge difference. There will always be a small amount of ash that gets into the room adding to the dust.
    Another consideration is that with the stove running your central heating system won't run as much, so the filter on your heating system won't catch as much dust. It's a good idea to run the fan on your heating system periodically to catch dust in the filter, add moisture if you have a central humidifier attached (Aprilaire), and keep water pipes from freezing in the far reaches of the house.
  21. woodgeek

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 27, 2008
    SE PA
    Stoves pull in a lot of outside air, and dust with it. Any OAK devotees want to comment?
  22. dafattkidd

    Minister of Fire

    Dec 11, 2007
    Long Island
    We have more dust in the house from the stove. Not a big deal. My wife complains about it a little, but not much at all. The benefits of wood heat warmth and the savings in oil far outweigh the crumbles of dirt dragged in from the wood, the dust from the ash on the furniture, the occasional random spider and the whiffs of smoke in the house. (Just to clarify, I do not have an OAK)
  23. hardwood715

    Feeling the Heat

    Nov 30, 2005
    Hyde Park, New York
    Battleax hit on to something, My situation where the pipes are in the attached garage and basement, I have heat duct there from my furnace, but when I burn wood the hot air rises , so the garage and basement get no heat at all..not good in the North East, hmm run fan mode on furnace? I heard there is something that will periodically turn fan on!
  24. burleymike

    Feeling the Heat

    Sep 17, 2010
    SE Idaho
    Do we have more dust during burning season, maybe? During the summer the sun is at a different angle so the light hits the the front half of the house differently and it appears to be pretty clean even after a week. During the summer the A/C is running frequently so the filter is catching some of the dust. The back half of the house stays equally dusty year around, the back side is north facing so the sunlight stays pretty consistent year around.

    In the winter we have to dust every 3 days because you can see a thick layer on the couch and the furniture while the sun is out. When the sun starts getting low in the afternoon you can then see it all floating in the air. After dark when the lights are on in the front room you don't see the dust anymore. Even if I run the blower on the furnace all day there is still quite a bit in the air.
    The only big difference when we are burning I see some black flecks in the dust. I theorize that the stove is so hot some of the dust gets charred as the blower pushes the dusty air over the hot firebox.
  25. HotCoals

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 27, 2010
    I wonder if those room air filter deals really work?

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