How to Make a Wood Stove Spark Arrestor

Written by nathaniel miller
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Wood stove spark arresters prevent sparks and embers from exiting the stove pipe of a wood stove, helping to prevent accidental fires. Building your own spark arrester out of common wire found at a hardware store is quite easy to do. By following a few simple steps, you can save not only a forest but potentially thousands of homes.

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Things you need

  • 1/4-inch wire mesh
  • Wire
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of the end of your stove pipe.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut a piece of wire mesh as long as the total perimeter around the pipe and 8 inches tall.

  3. 3

    Roll the mesh together and use the wire and pliers to "stitch" the edges of the wire mesh together to make a cone.

  4. 4

    Slide the cone over the top of the stove pipe prior to lighting a fire.

Tips and warnings

  • Spark arresters are not as necessary during the winter months, but are highly recommended, if not required, during the summer months.

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