Not sure what you mean by heat detector, but if it thinks your house is
your fire is too hot. Or it's mounted too close to the fire.
If it's a smoke detector, I'd suggest that there really is smoke and you
should fix the firebox ventilation.
If it's a CO detector, be happy you're not dead...yet...and fix
whatever hasn't killed you yet.
A less sensitive detector is NOT the first place I'd look for a solution.
Smoke detectors detect smoke. Wood stoves emit smoke, and far too often
that smoke gets into the interior of the house, and off goes the alarm.
I've never found a suitable detector that dont go off. I just dont put
smoke detectors in the same room as the wood stove. Or, you can keep
removing the battery each time you open the wood stove. (and after doing
that a few times, you wont reconnect the battery).
It is not he heat, but particles from combustion. You don't have to
see them for the smoke detector to catch them.
If the detector is in the same room, I'd move it to the next room or
hallway to it. I'd also check the connection of the stove pipe, door
One thing I never fully understood about smoke detectors (SD) is that
they go off almost instantly from the smallest amount of smoke from a
woodstove, or a little bit of burnt food on the kitchen stove. Yet, a
cigarette chain smoker or even cigar smoker dont set them off. Why is
I lived with a chain smoker some years ago, and he often smoked big fat
cigars. The SD never went off. Are they programmed to the type of
smoke, or what?
Since a smoke detector detects smoke, it would seem that eliminating the
smoke would eliminate its detection!
Give some attention to repairing/removing the leaks from your wood stove:
Close off holes, seal openings, etc.
My wife often sets ours off in the hallway with broiler fumes from the
If your smoke detector is a ways away from the wood stove, as I tell my
wife and I will tell you, you're breathing fumes that you shouldn't.
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