Tips and Advice for looking after your Wood Burning Stove.
Regularly maintaining your appliance is essential when ensuring a safe and efficient operation. By cleaning your stove on a regular basis will extend the lifetime of your stove, and save you money!.
Before the start of the heating season, the appliance should be stripped, inspected and cleaned. This is just as important in periods of heavy use, such as the Winter heating season. The appliance should always be allowed to cool before taking care of any maintenance to avoid the risk of burns. A cool appliance will also allow you to chip of any creosote with ease.
Before you begin to use your heating appliance, ensure remaining ash, soot and debris are cleaned away. The ash can be sprinkled on flower beds as a good source of plant nutrients.
Check the internal parts of your stove for any damage and build up. Particular attention should be payed to the firebricks, glass and rope seals. Check there are no serious cracks in the firebox, chimney or liner as well as any loose bricks.
Be sure to replace any damaged components with the genuine 'brand' name replacements before re-using your appliance. Check for any signs of debris build up above the Flue Baffle, this can be found in the upper part of the firebox (use a torch if necessary). Never use your stove if the baffles are damaged, or without the baffles being fitted.
One of the most important part of maintenance is ensuring your chimney is swept at least once a year. This is recommended during the Autumn/Winter period using a qualified chimney sweep. However, if the appliance is used continuously through the year, or is used solely to burn wood, more frequent sweeping is recommended.
Many stoves today are made with a built in airwash system, which allows hot air to clean the stove window. But, if you do feel the need to clean the window further, wait for the appliance to cool down first. Always use a cleaning solution which does not contain a high alkaline or acidic content, as this can damage the printed glass surface.