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Thread: Wood Heat and Sinuses

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    We just installed a woodburning heater this year. Been using it for a couple of months along with 2 humidifiers. I don't know if it has anything to do with it or not but my sinuses are so dry they hurt and I have a slight headache all the time. Anyone else have this problem with wood heat?

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    I have that problem all winter every year. The wood heat is do dry it kills me. I use humidifiers...I also have two copper tea kettels on my wood stoved filled with water and eucalpitus oil. Makes the house smell good and seems to help with my sinuses.

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    we had to quit burning wood when my youngest was sick all the time...come to find out he was alergic to mold being brought in on the wood. His was all in the sinuses also

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    I grew up in a house with only wood heat. That's all my parents still have today. We have found the only way to keep the air moist enough is to keep a pot of water on the stove. Mom just uses an old cast iron pot but there are pretty things available.

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    Thanks for the replies. Does anyone know what percentage the humidity level should be?

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    We have a pellet stove and have the same problem. But then it was really dry just using gas, too. That's just winter, I guess. We found that keeping a kettle going on the stove did mucn more than using a humidifier. When it gets to dry I get nose bleeds, but as long as I keep the kettle going I don't have that problem.

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    I know it doesnt sound fun, but I grew up with wood heat. Other than college its all I had until my hubby and I bought new house ALL ELECTRIC! :) I still have trouble. So a q-tip and a dab of vaseline at night and in the morning in each nostril will get you thru the bumpy times.

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    I am allergic to some of the hard woods and of course, we avoid those. We generally have a pot of water on the stove to give off moisture into the air.

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    Double post. grr

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    We have an outdoor furnace with ductwork, and even that I have problems. You wouldn't beleive that would make the air os dry but it does here. I have never used an humidifier but think I'm going to have to.

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