I almost burned the house down yesterday

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by kriket, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. kriket

    kriket New Member



    We have a wood stove and I put too much wood into it and the flames got too big. Next thing I knew I smelled this really something is melting hot smell. The pipes that run from the stove to the roof and out above the house caught on fire. Before I knew it the house was filling up with smoke. I paniced as my boyfriend was at his shop across the field. I could not find my car keys, could not find my phone, could not find anything cause I was in a panic.

    So, I was trying to round my animals out of the house. I got most of them out. I then propped the door open, hoping the rest would come out on their own.

    I decided to run across the field to get my b'f since I could not find my keys. I forgot to put my shoes on. Little did I know that the field was full of sticker burr's. Oh my gosh. I finally then got his attention and he drove like a maniac trying to get to the house. By the time he got back, the house was filled with smoke.

    We dashed water onto the fire 2-3 times, and finally got it out. I just knew that the attic was on fire, but thank God it was not.

    I cleaned the wood and all ashes out of the stove and refuse to use it.

    What happened is, is the pipe got so hot that it busted apart, I guess from expanding from too much heat.

    Anyway, I breathed quite a bit of smoke and coughed my head off for awhile yesterday.

    After all calmed down, I finally pulled my socks off and there were about an inch thick of sticker burrs in my socks and feet. They went through my socks and broke off all in my feet. Today, I can barely walk. My b/f pulled about 25 or so out last night, but there are some that buried up deep into my feet. So, they are getting infected.

    Anyhow, we are all ok, but my feet sure do hurt today!!!!


    Kriket
  2. boltchik

    boltchik New Member

    Kriket, so sorry, what a crazy experience! I am so thankful you guys are okay. I hope you get all of the stickers out, do you need to go to the dr. for that, since they are getting infected? Take good care of yourself, Kim :)
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    What an experience. Hope you are quickly recovered.
  4. kriket

    kriket New Member



    Well, I'll probably just hobble around till I get them all out. My feet are just really sore in places, but swelling in certain spots where I have not got the stickers out yet.


    Yea. I am glad that everyone is ok. Scared me to death.


    Kriket
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Oh, dear, I am SO very sorry that you had to go through all of this! How terrible!

    I am thankful, though, that your house did NOT catch on fire. You were so very lucky!

    My sister-in-law had the very same think happen, but her house DID catch on fire as well as her storage building that was next to her house.

    Her stove pipe was vented like yours--or it sounds similar.

    Before you use it again, you need to have a professional come out to your house and inspect the way you have it vented and see if there is any other ways to make it better and safer!

    We also have a wood stove--one of those "soap stone" type, but our pipe from the stove goes directly into a chimney that has some type of orange, square, fireproof, liner in it.

    I also make sure that I have two WORKING smoke & fire alarms on the walls close to each side of the stove!

    I am scared to death of them, but my husband insists on burning it each winter. Thankfully, he does clean out the chimney each year before use, as well as the pipe from the stove to the chimney.

    I'm glad no one was hurt!!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Janet

    P.S. Also, make certain that your homeowners insurance is always paid up!! LOL .... or, if you rent .... your Tenant Homeowners insuance!
  6. kriket

    kriket New Member



    Thanks for the pointers. I will take them all into consideration. My b/f has been working on it all day. The pipe had about a half inch of soot sp? buildup in it.

    I have so many stickers in my feet and can't seem to get them out. I have soaked my feet in salt water about 3 times. Someone told me to wrap bacon around my feet and sleep with it on my feet over night, so I did that last night. It pulled them closer to the surface of my skin, but they are still stuck. They hurt so bad.

    PS: IF ANYONE KNOWS ANY POINTERS ON HOW TO GET BROKEN OFF STICKERS OUT OF YOUR FEET, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!


    kriket
  7. kriket

    kriket New Member



    Thanks for your kind words. Yes. Material things are replaceable, but we are not. So, thanks goodness there was not an actual fire and that we were all ok.

    kriket
  8. Lynna62

    Lynna62 New Member

    What a scary thing to have happen. So glad you are safe.

    The only thing I can think of to try on the stickers would be duct tape. (no redneck jokes !!!! LOL)

    Hope you find something that works!

    XXOO
    Lynna
  9. kriket

    kriket New Member



    Thanks!!! The tape thing was too funny. I have thought about hot wax like you put on your eyebrows. Thought maybe I could yank em out that way. Then I'd probaby burn myself.


    Kriket
  10. kriket

    kriket New Member



    Thanks to you.

    My b/f has pulled a few out and I let a friend dig 2 or 3 out, but the rest of them are too painful right now for anyone to mess with. I have them in my toes also. I'm hoping that maybe they will some how work themselves out.

    Every time I take a step, it feels like I am walking on needles.


    Kriket
  11. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    I'm glad you are OK.

    I had a wood stove insert into my fully bricked fireplace when I lived in N. Carolina.

    Eventhough we didn't burn any pine, cresote built up on the inside of the chimney.

    One year after Christmas, I had a huge pile of spent Christmas wrapping paper. In a moment of total brain shut down, I opened the woodstove door and pitched the paper into the hot fire.

    Well, the paper instantly went up the chimney and caught the chimney on fire. It was doing these scary pulsating sounds and melted cresote that was burning was dripping down from the chimney onto the top of the woodstove.

    I called the fire department and asked them to send ONE MAN over to look at the fire. I told them it was totally contained in the chimney.

    Several minutes later, THREE firetrucks arrived with about 20 guys. I ended up with the entire neighborhood of nosey women all standing in my front yard. I was sooooooooo glad when we moved out of that neighborhood. It was like the Stepford Wives from h*ll!

    There were about a dozen guys standing on my roof, the rest were in my house. There was still this black acrid sooty stuff puffing out of my chimney.

    The creosote fire went out by itself.

    They told me to only use seasoned wood. I already was.

    They told me to never use pine. I wasn't.

    They told me to use those special chemically treated "logs" that you burn about once a week that the fumes chemically lock up with the creosote deposits so the chimney wouldn't catch on fire again. So I purchased them the following day and faithfully used them thereafter.

    I had a specialist come out and inspect the chimney afterwards to make sure that nothing cracked in the brick lined chimney lining. It was OK. I'll never forget the sound of that pulsing fire in the chimney.

    My hubby came home from a business trip. He was still taking his luggage out of the car when my son went running out to tell him that I "caught the house on fire and the fire trucks came".
    Tattle tale!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [This Message was Edited on 01/22/2007]
  12. kriket

    kriket New Member


    Thanks. You have given me a lot of good advice. I just bought 2 of those cleaning logs, but did not know to use them as often as once a week.

    Yea, I heard things crackeling too, I just knew the attic was on fire. B'F lives in a frame house, so if it would have caught fire, it would have burned very quickly.




    PS: I READ YOUR REPLY TO MY B/F AND HE DIED LAUGHING ABOUT THE FIRE DEPT. CAUSE THAT'S THE EXACT SAME WAY THE LOCAL FIRE DEPT. WOULD HAVE DONE HERE AND YES WE WOULD HAVE HAD A WHOLE YARD FULL OF NOSEY NEIGHBORS. WE HAVE NOT MANAGED "yet" TO GET OUT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. WE HATE IT.


    Although it's nice to know that if the house was on fire, there would have been plenty of help!!!
    Kriket
    [This Message was Edited on 01/22/2007]