I’ve learned the importance of adding humidity to the air when you’re burning a wood stove all day long. When we don’t put water on the stove, the houseplants dry out, my skin and hair dry out, and stuffy noses and sore throats soon follow.
One way to add humidity back into the air when burning a wood stove is to put a kettle of water on the stove to steam throughout the day. We had a Cast Iron Kettle Humidifier on our stove for a long time, but it was easy to forget about and it dried up quickly.
I’ve started putting a large pot of water on the stove, so that I can watch the level of the water throughout the day. I also like to add stovetop potpourri to the pot of water to make the house smell nice. I throw in whatever I have on hand- cranberries, used cinnamon sticks, a splash of vanilla, a handful of whole cloves (or clove essential oil), snippings of pine needles, orange or lemon essential oil, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. It lifts the spirits on cold days.
Before we had a wood stove I never knew you were supposed to put a kettle on it. I’d seen my grandparents do it, but it never really occurred to me to ask what it was for. I’ve realized that things dry out really quickly when you forget to put a full kettle on.
I’m still struggling with really dry hair and skin. I think drinking lots of water is super important when you have the wood stove blazing- something I haven’t been paying close enough attention to. I’ve gotta be better about staying hydrated.