How to clean your wood burning stove – a useful guide!
How to clean your wood burning stove, now is as good a time as any with the warmer summer months upon us.
Although wood burning is brilliant for generating heat efficiently, it can become messy if you don’t keep on top of maintaining it. Keeping it clean will also increase the lifetime of your stove.
Here are some tips to get your stove looking and performing it’s best
Firstly there are a few things you’ll need to check
- Examine the firebrick lining and see if it needs replacing – the lining will keep the stove from overheating
- Make sure the chimney is cleaned. This will prevent chimney fires and help your stove burn more efficiently.
- Check the sealed door. You want a tight seal to make sure smoke doesn’t enter your house. The cord that’s around the door may need replacing on occasion.
Before you start make sure your stove has fully cooled.
Equipment you’ll need:
- a small ash shovel
- a small brush
- a metal ash bucket
- household glass cleaner
It’s a good idea to wear protective gloves whilst cleaning your stove. Place newspaper on the floor around your stove then use a small shovel to remove all the ash into your metal bucket or container, you can use a hand brush to gently sweep any remaining debris.
You will find that if you have been using Firemizer there will be a significant reduction in the amount of ash produced, therefore making it easier to clean!
When your used Firemizer starts to deteriorate, ensure it is cold before removal. Firemizer can be recycled with your normal household metal waste.
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Take the ash to a safe place outdoors away from any bushes or other materials that might catch fire. Leave for at least 24 hours before you dispose of it.
Apply glass cleaner to the glass and wipe using a cloth until the window is clean. If parts of the window don’t clean straight away, let the solution react for a few minutes before wiping. You can then use a dry cloth and hoover to clean the exterior of your burner.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions which came with you stove. The information provided is guidance only, and should be followed only in accordance with the guidelines of the manufacturer.
So now you know how to clean your wood burning stove, there is no excuse not to keep it looking spick and span!