Build a Mitten and Shoe Dryer
Drill pairs of 1/8-in. holes in a scrap of 2x4 and insert U-shaped pieces of galvanized 14-gauge wire. If you have forced-air heat, drill 1-in. holes between the pairs of 1/8-in. holes using a spade bit, and set the rack on a register for fast drying.
If your fireplace won't draw smoke up the chimney when you first start a fire, try opening a window near the fireplace. (Don't have a fireplace? Here's how to intall one.) That allows air to flow into the room and up the chimney. If that doesn't work, preheat the chimney before you start a fire: Blast hot air up into the chimney using a hair dryer or, better yet, a heat gun.
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