Can I use a wood stove with an oxygen concentrator?

My husband, who has COPD, has recently been put on an Oxygen Concentrator at home. Here in the cold Northeast, we normally supplement our heating in the winter with a wood stove. Any suggestions on if this will be feasible this winter?


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  • cmacdonald51 author
    5 months ago

    Thank you for this information. We will check with his doctor at his next visit.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi cmacdonald51 and thanks for your post. Glad to hear you found this information to be helpful. Please do check back and let us know how the visit with your husband’s physician progressed.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    5 months ago

    Hello cmacdonald51! Thank you for your question. Wood smoke is a known irritant to the lungs and may not be the best choice for your husband. I thought these articles might be of interest to you:
    https://copd.net/living/dos-donts-supplemental-oxygen/
    https://copd.net/clinical/copd-control-winter-months/
    https://copd.net/living-with-copd/pulmonary-rehab/lifestyle/allergens-and-irritants/
    We used to live in the northeast and I know how expensive oil heat can be! I would encourage you to discuss the question with your husband’s doctor to also receive her/his opinion on the risk/benefit for your husband’s lung health and your financial well-being for the winter. Please know we are always here to listen when you need support! Reach out anytime! ~Allyson (COPD.net team)

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