Plumbing Stack Insulation

Plumbing stacks may run inside the walls of your home, from the basement to the attic, with openings at each floor where the pipes branch off. Use the piping runs in the basement to help you locate holes. Plug the bottom and top of the chase with foam caulk or 6ml polyethylene.
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Good Wood

Ever wonder what wood is the best to burn as firewood? Oak is an American favorite, other hardwoods are also a good choice. You can burn other softer wood also, as long as it is split and dried long enough. It's much more important to burn dry wood than to worry about what kind of wood it is.
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Heat Thief

When using a wood-burning fireplace, more heat can be lost up the chimney than is produced by the fire itself. To reduce heat loss when using your fireplace, follow these suggestions: 1) Lower the thermostat setting so your system doesn't keep trying to replace the warm air being drawn toward the chimney. 2) Open the window nearest the fireplace about one inch and close any doors in the room so the fireplace can't draw heated air out of the house. 3) Install glass fireplace doors to help keep the warm air in the room. 4) Close the chimney damper when the fireplace is not in use.
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Heat Zones

If you’re not using a room, don’t heat it. Close off vents to rooms that are infrequently used, and shut the door. When you do need to use the room, just open the vent for the time you are in there, and keep your sweater on.
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Workshop Ventilation

Make sure that you have an adequate way to remove dust and fumes from your workshop. If your workshop has two windows that face each other, open one and put a fan that blows outward in the other. If not, an exhaust fan should be installed.
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