Spring is here and summer is arriving soon and there is no better way to give your stove a massive thank you for keeping you warm during the winter, by sweeping your chimney out ready for autumn.
You should give your stove a service at least once a year and with the change of the season, spring cleaning is an essential part of quality wood burning.
1. USE THE CORRECT FUEL
If you burn quality fuel throughout the heating season it will make your life easier when it comes to cleaning it out. Avoid burning damp or treated wood, as these can cause tar condensation and leave black marks on your stove glass.
2. SWEEP THE CHIMNEY
We advise you to sweep your chimney at least once a year, so while the weather's getting warmer in spring it’s the perfect opportunity. Cleaning out your chimney makes sure your flue pipe or chimney is kept clear & safe!
We recommend that you get your chimney cleaned by a professional, it can get very messy as there is lots of equipment involved! A chimney sweep also has the knowledge to point out any problems they spot.
3. PERFORM A STOVE HEALTH CHECK
Check over your entire stove – particularly the internal parts. Inspect all the seals and replace the seals between the door and glass if required. Make sure the riddling grates move freely and check grate bars for any damage. Inspect the top baffles or throat plates to check for cracking or warping. While looking over the stove door, check the hinges are working and look for any cracks in the glass.
If you do require any replacement parts, you can contact us or talk to your stove supplier.
4. CLEAN INSIDE
To ensure perfect wood burning conditions it’s vital to look after the inside of your stove. Remember to clean the roof but leave a layer of ashes on the bottom of the stove, as this helps to insulate and protect it from the burning heat.
5. CLEANING THE GLASS
Most stove products are made with an air-wash system which helps keep the glass clean while you’re burning wood.
If your glass does need a spring clean, you can use stove glass cleaner or, if you burn just wood, get a damp cloth and dip it in the wood ash to clean the glass. Do not use any abrasive cleaning pads or clothes as these will damage your glass.
6. SHOW OFF YOUR STOVE
Have your stove looking its best because we know the appearance of your stove is also important. Use some elbow grease to give the outside of your stove a good clean using a lint free cloth or shoe brush to wipe away any soot or dust. Make sure to leave your dampers open to allow air to circulate in your stove while out of use which in turn helps prevent moisture forming in the flue.