Lehman’s is excited to announce our newest line of wood heating stoves: Efel.
Crafted in Belgium and trusted in Europe, these beautifully crafted, very efficient stoves are now available in the U.S., exclusively from Lehman’s.
Discover the stoves that have been keeping Europeans warm – and saving them money on heating costs – for decades. Made by a stalwart 150-year-old Belgian company, these stoves are considered the highest quality and are widely used in Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy and France.
All Efel stoves meet or exceed international emissions standards and feature quality cast iron and steel Continue reading
If you’re new at using a woodburning stove, here’s the information you need to burn safely
(And if you’re an old pro, consider this a refresher course)
by Dale Crosby
Once you find a good wood burner (and I assume you will want an air-tight one), you need a good, safe chimney, and all areas around the burner need to be safe from heat. A hot wood burner can actually catch the wooden studs inside a wall on fire through the plaster/drywall. Cement board is an easy, inexpensive way to protect the areas near your stove. You can glue or nail (use masonry “cut” nails) right to the wall. There are many different ways to make or install a chimney, some require a professional and others just need some good directions, common-sense helpers and a free weekend. Each house and each location in your house have certain requirements for safety (i.e. is a cement block chimney best, or a stainless steel insulated one more appropriate?). It’s best to research this by asking friends and neighbors who burn wood how they have theirs set up.
After you have a good, safe setup, you need lots of practice to get to know how your woodburner works. Each of the woodburners that I have owned were very different. Of course, you can burn it too hot and the chimney pipe can actually turn red hot (you’ll smell “burnt” air). One of the best things I purchased to prevent this was a chimney pipe/ductwork thermometer. This has a magnet on the back and I stick it right to the chimney pipe about half-way up. It has a dial needle that shows the temperature of the pipe. You can easily see when the fire is getting too low (cold) or too hot – and thus prevent the red-hot pipe scare.
To control the heat you can adjust the dampers – which are like vents in the door that let in or restrict the amount of air to the fire. Too much air and you’ll get the fire too hot; too little and you’ll starve the fire. With fire you need fuel, heat and oxygen. Starve it of one and you’ll get nothing. Fuel, of course, is the wood. Heat is referring to enough hot coals in the burner to ignite new wood you put in. Continue reading
by John T Beck
Many of us have vowed never to be caught unprepared and dependent on the public utilities for our very lives. The independent’s likely fuel will be wood – hopefully self-cut. But beware! If you are inexperienced in this ancient art of fuel gathering, read this article carefully and carry some of my experience into the woods with you.
Your first attention will be to your tools. Make sure your saw is fully gassed and oiled, the breather and oiler unobstructed, and the chain sharp and properly tightened. Proper tension will vary with the type of saw, but mine is adjusted so that cold and at rest, the chain does not hang, but can be easily pulled around the bar. Always carry your T-wrench or “duty tool” in your back pocket when cutting, as a chain will loosen after use and need re-adjustment. Running out of gas halfway through a tree necessitates the folly of leaving the tree hanging while you make the long walk back to the gas can or tools. A dull saw, madly over-revving, spitting sawdust rather than chips is dangerous too. A chain not getting oil will tighten and stall the engine eventually, but may damage itself and the bar in the meantime.
Now you must choose a tree. The first tree in a stand is very important. Walk around a bit before beginning to cut and choose a tree inclined to fall into an opening. Hanging a tree up in a neighboring tree necessitates a perilous and time-consuming extrication – you’re way ahead of the game if you avoid the situation. By and large, the small-time wood-cutter must drop a tree according to its own inclination. Give careful attention to determine this inclination, it can be tricky. Though the trunk may lean one way, the greater weight is given to the upper limbs and leaves, especially in the spring and summer when incredible volumes of water are coursing through. The wind can play havoc with you too, tossing the treetop to and fro, always changing the tree’s inclination.
The wind’s direction and velocity are the most variable factors in woodcutting, hence the factors most to be aware of. It is the fickle wind that causes most of the accidents among experienced loggers. Do not cut, go home if the winds are high and gusty! A tree may lean obviously to the right but rock back to the left as a gust passes, inviting disaster. Also present on windy days, lurking unseen above, are the “widow makers” – dead limbs and tree tops waiting only to be dislodged and come crashing down to add to their already ominous legend. Continue reading
by Tom and JoAnne O’Toole
The first heating bill of winter arrives and your eyes widen at the charges. The thermostat is immediately lowered, the family is cautioned about keeping doors and windows closed, and perhaps even encouraged to wear a sweater indoors.
To save yourself this annual anxiety attack, you might give some thought to a secondary heat source to supplement a gas, electric, or oil furnace. Does anyone out there still have a coal furnace?
If you take the time to investigate wood burning stoves you’ll soon develop a respect for their ability to solve the problem of expensive heating costs by using fossil fuels. Most stoves burn short lengths of wood (12-24 inches), and many have strong, quiet blowers, forcing hot air out of upper vents. They can do an excellent job of keeping your home warm and cozy.
Choosing the right stove is the first hurdle. It can get confusing with so many different makes and models on the market.
Consult your stove dealer for clearances from combustibles for your stove (new stoves will come with a tag giving specifications). If you have an older stove, it should be at least 36 inches from a combustible wall or furniture. And the connector pipe should be no closer than 18 inches. Be sure to install the stove on a floor pretector, and add a wall protector if needed. Your best bet is to check with your local fire department -- this is one instance when it's vitally important to be "better safe than sorry."
Of course, the more quality you expect, the more you’ll pay. However, there are a few basic “musts” to consider. Continue reading
Even if cold weather is little more than a dream for some of you while you’re still having searing temperatures, it will come! For some of us, cold weather really never left this year, but either way, cooler or colder weather is coming and we need to prepare for it. It may seem early to be thinking about it, but better a little early than a little late.
Have you made a list of what needs to be done? Here’s mine:
• Check furnace or chimney and stove closures, seals and seams, etc. Replace filters on furnaces.
• Clean out coat closets. See what needs to be replaced before cold weather. If your household is like mine, cold weather gear is gratefully dumped on the first warm day of spring and heaven knows what kind of condition it’s in. Continue reading
Classic Dutch Oven
Editors Note: Article Originally published on Lehman’s Country Life
I spoke with a customer recently about her wood heating stove and how she used it to cook on during the
most recent ice storm and power outage in Kentucky where she lives. (Funny, I mentioned my Aunt lives in Morgantown KY, and she said she lives not far from there.)
She owns a Resolute Acclaim from Vermont Castings. She said, “It worked great for making biscuits. I purchased 2 stove top thermometers from Lehman’s and put one on the top of the stove and the other on the Dutch Oven I was using to cook with.”
Here are a few tips she’d like to pass along: Continue reading