Maintaining your wood burning stove should be a regular occurrence as it is essential for the safety and efficiency levels of your appliance. A consistent amount of TLC will ensure that you continuously get the most out of your stove. Having a reliable appliance can supplement your central heating system whilst creating a comfortable and cosy atmosphere in your home. If you are unsure about how to maintain your stove, here are a few tips to keep your both levels of safety and efficiency high.
Before using your appliance, you should always check the levels of ash, soot and debris that is present. If large amounts of hot ash begin to build up in the ashpan, they could come in to contact with the lower side of the grate. This will begin to distort the grate which may make it lose its overall shape. To avoid this problem, make sure to empty your ash as frequently as possible.
Clean the glass
You can clean the glass of your stove by using Glass Cleanser. You must make sure that your stove is completely cold before attempting to clean the glass. If a heavy buildup of soot occurs inside your stove then you will need to use treble ammonia water to clean the glass.
If you are suffering from regular deposits of soot on your glass it may mean that the combustion temperature of your stove is too low or that the air controls are being used incorrectly. Your stoves primary air controls must be closed, and your secondary air controls must be open. The primary air either from the riddling grate or air control are only to be used during the lighting period or when dry wood is put into the stove. It is usually recommended that you use wood with a moisture level of 16-20% in your stove.
Leave the door open
If you are planning to not use your stove for a long period of time it can be beneficial to leave the door ajar. This can allow for a flow of air to circulate in to the system, which can prevent corrosion.
Check for rust
This is not a common problem with modern stoves, but it is very important to check for rust. If you do find some rust on your stove you can use fine steel wool to remove it and then repaint it.
Check the rope seal
You will find that your stove has a specialist fire rope around the door. After a significant amount of time, the rope may begin to wear, this will mean that your stove may start to become less efficient. The ropes job is to form a seal to ensure that the door closes properly, meaning that excess amounts of air cannot enter your stove.
If you need to replace your seal you must ensure that the surface is thoroughly cleaned. You can use steel wool or a steel brush to do this. You can purchase a new seal kit from your local dealer, make sure that you are using genuine sealing role to ensure that your stove remains as safe and efficient as possible.
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