A baffle plate is a metal plate that sits over the firebox. The baffle plate blocks off the chimney and forces hot gases to remain in the stove for a longer period. This increases the efficiency and heat output of the stove.
Baffle plates may be composed of stainless steel, cast iron, firebrick, ceramic fiber board or any combination of these materials. Exposure to extreme heat deteriorates baffle plates, requiring them to be removed and replaced periodically. The use of a respirator is recommended when removing ceramic fiber board baffle plates. Some stoves have baffle plates that cannot be replaced, rendering them unusable when the plates deteriorate.Learn More
Dryer baffles are the paddles inside the drum that lift the clothing. Damaged baffles snag clothes, and loose ones make the machine noisy to operate. Dryer baffles loosen with time, allowing coins to slip inside and cause noise as the drum turns. Repair or replace a baffle in under an hour with a few simple hand tools.Full Answer >
To build a squirrel baffle, perforate a stovepipe cap, insert a stovepipe, screw it in place, slip a pole inside the baffle, attach a clamp, and rest the baffle on it. This one-hour project requires a stovepipe, a pipe cap, a hose clamp, screws, a screwdriver, a drill and pliers.Full Answer >
Having a wood boiler outside is safer than using an inside model, and it also reduces heating bills significantly. The fuel is all natural and renewable, and it doesn't make a net carbon contribution when users burn it properly.Full Answer >
The installation of a through-the-wall AC unit may present a challenge for those who have not had previous carpentry experience. If you have the carpentry skills, gather your materials: AC wall unit, circular saw, router, nails, hammer, caulk, tape measure, pencil, two pieces of 2-by-4 lumber, stud finder, level, utility knife, power drill, screwdriver, socket set, safety goggles, hand saw, miter box, and molding and finishing nails.Full Answer >