How to Make a Spark Arrestor

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Stove spark arrestors are devices that fit over the chimney of a woodstove or fireplace, and keep embers or sparks from entering the air; causing fires elsewhere. The embers are caught by the wire mesh of the spark arrestor and either burn off or fall back into the fire. Building a simple and inexpensive spark arrestor can save you alot of headache in the long run.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 inch wire mesh
  • Pliers
  • Tape Measure
  • Wire
  • Use the tape measure to measure the perimeter around the end of the stove pipe.

  • Cut a length of wire mesh that equals the perimeter and is 8 inches tall.

  • Roll the mesh into a cone shape and use the wire to "stitch" the edges together.

  • Slide the cone onto the end of the stove pipe prior to starting a fire in the stove.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use spark arrestors during the Fall and Summer months to avoid starting forest fires.

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