All good answers, but ignores the question: can one preheat one's firewood over a wood stove? In my opinion why yes one can, to a degree BUT safety first, and other steps are very important, life and death so...
If you have NO other choice except moving to a shelter, then you can help yourself a little. Sometimes applying for heating assistance or moving out is safer but clearly not everyone can do so. I live in the woods but life was rough last year so I got to visit this question again this year. My 35 years of wood burning experience has been refreshed now:
- Bricks give some space between the stove surface but clearance from the flue is essential.
- Never ever leave the room while drying wood on the stovetop. Ever!
- Always have leather fireplace or welders gloves on hand, as it were.
- A water spritzer & fire extinguisher as well. Rechargable air powered water extiguishers are great.
Here are several steps that one should take.
- Choose your species with care, forget about oak, apple, or any other dense hardwood, look instead for ash. Forget about softwoods like pine. If you have no ash or beech or birch you might as well forget about this effort.
- Splitting the wood very small is key, 2"x 2" max!
- Stack it INDOORS in an alternate course crosswise manner with a lot of open space between chunks.
- Then set up a fan blowing directly thru and on it.
A waste perhps but important. Still going to take a few weeks.
Alternate sources of dry wood such as hardwood pallets or better yet biobricks should be found, this wood isn't going to burn without help. If you bought this wood, half of your money will be wasted in burning the water out. Expensivesteam. If you have money, biobricks or an electric heater is actually cheaper.
This final note: When the fire is out, remove the flue at the stove top and with a mirror look up to the top to see if there is a creosote build up. If you cannot check this, better to not try indoor drying at all.