Your fire is the focal point of your room but are you giving it the attention it deserves? Cleaning and maintaining your wood or coal burning stove is essential to ensuring it remains efficient, safe and looking the part, and, with the winter months fast-approaching, now is the perfect time to get your stove in pristine condition. However, as with any appliance, it is important to use the correct equipment and know how to clean your fire safely to avoid injuring yourself or damaging your fire. With this in mind, read our top five cleaning and maintenance tips to get your fire ready for those cosy nights in by the fire!
Safety Tip: before cleaning your fire ensure it is cool to touch.
Empty the ash
Wood burns better on a light bed of ash, something stoves are specifically designed to allow. However, these, and coal burning stoves, still need cleaning regularly to avoid ash building and touching the underside of the grate. If this happens the air flow around and through the grate will be reduced causing the grate bars to overheat, consequently damaging your stove and causing unnecessary risk. Simply emptying the ash pan around once a week, depending on use, can prevent this and keep your stove burning safely and efficiently.
TOP TIP: it is advisable to empty the ash into an ash bucket or safe, like the one featured above, to dispose of ash safely and minimise the mess!
Clean the throat plate
Soot can fall down the flue and gather on the throat plate, making your fire inefficient and dangerous as these deposits can ignite or prevent smoke leaving the appliance. Therefore, it is important to clean your throat plate regularly to ensure there is a clear flue way for smoke to leave your appliance and keep your fire safe.
Replace the rope seal
Rope seal is a heat resistant rope that forms a seal around your stove door to aid a gas and air tight seal to ensure no excess air seeps into the firebox and maintain the safe functioning of your fire. This rope is subject to general wear and tear and so, over time, effectiveness and safety can be reduced meaning it should be replaced regularly.
TOP TIP: to check the efficiency of your rope seal close the stove door on a piece of paper, then gently try to pull it free of the door. If the paper pulls free easily, it is likely your rope needs replacing.
Clean the glass
Your fire is a stylish focal point of your room so it goes without saying you want it to look its best. Cleaning the glass on your stove regularly is an easy way to keep it looking shiny and new and ensure you can clearly take in the view of your flickering flames.
A lot of our stoves, like the Firefox 12 Wood Burning/Multi Fuel Stove, come with built in primary and secondary air controls with air wash to help keep the glass clean, saving you time and money!
TOP TIP: take care not to use anything abrasive to clean your glass as this can cause permanent damage! Cleaning your glass regularly should ensure any grime is easily removed.
Sweep it all away
Employing a professional chimney sweep is vital to maintaining a clear chimney and essential to the health of your stove! It is recommended you employ a chimney sweep at least twice a year if you are burning wood or bituminous house coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels. This will reduce the build-up of tar or creosote in your chimney flue which in turn reduces the risk of chimney fires.
TOP TIP: the best time to have your chimney swept is just before the heating season or after your fire has been out of use.
A lot of our stoves, like the FireFox 5.1 CleanBurn II Wood Burning/Multi Fuel Stove, come with a built in self-supporting interlocking firebox component for ease of use and cleaning. With many great features to help maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your stoves and great engineering built to last, shop our great range of stoves now!