The ‘cons’ about having a wood stove: There is more dust than you might normally expect in your house because of the fine particles of ash that escape into the air. I create a lot of ash-dust when I clean the main part of the stove. This happens about once a month depending on how much the stove get used and how hot the fire generally burns. The ashes also need removed almost weekly during the winter. Try as I might I haven’t found a way to completely limit this offensive collection.
When toddlers come over there is always a ‘to-do’ over the hot surface. Kids used to learn the meaning of ‘hot’ from exactly this means. One little gal fried her fingers on it despite my stern cautionary remarks. I ran for a bowl of cold water and sat her on my lap. We had a bonding moment as she wept on my shirt and I repeatedly told her how sorry I felt for her. Forever after she would hold up her fingers and say “Ouch-ey” when she wanted me to cuddle her. She was transparently funny once her fingers held no resemblance of damage. She had me figured out.
The water reservoir with its shiny little tap that I so highly prize and paid extra for seems to be an added attraction to young eyes. The reservoir needs to be kept full when it’s hot to prevent damage. When the tap turns, the water floods onto the floor. One young fella managed to get the tap turned only just enough to let out a small leak. He was short and the water was dripping steadily onto his baby head. He was standing there with a puzzled look on his face as he sputtered and blew water away from his lips. He had no idea where it was coming from. I could have gagged with laughter.