Spring officially arrived a couple of weeks ago, so you are probably due your annual ‘spring clean’ by now. The warmer temperature will no doubt mean that you are no longer relying on your wood burning stove for heat, which makes for the perfect reason to give it a good clean.
Yearly cleans are recommended in order to keep appliances in tip-top shape. At the end of each cold season, you should always ensure that you sweep your chimney and then undertake a full service of your stove.
If time is not on your side, you can hire a HETAS registered engineer to do this task for you. However, carrying out the job yourself is easy enough with the help of our six simple steps on how to properly service your wood burning stove.
Step 1 – Empty
To avoid injury, only begin cleaning a stove that is completely cold. You should first begin by removing all the parts inside the stove, including the grate, baffle, firebricks and ash pan. Be careful with certain parts, as they often become fragile over time.
Step 2 – Vacuum
Give the stove a good vacuum clean, using a high-quality appliance that can really reach all the way inside, being sure to hoover up all the ash and debris present. Use a wire brush or scraper to get at the interiors and their tricky corners.
Step 3 – Clean interior
Remove all the individual parts and thoroughly clean the grate with a wire brush and the firebricks using a soft brush. While stripped, check that the firebricks are in good condition. Overuse can cause damage, so if you notice any surface issues, seek to replace them before the cold season starts.
Step 4 – Refit
Once you are happy that the inside of your stove is completely dirt-free, reassemble all the parts carefully.
Step 5- Clean exterior
Remove the glass from the stove door and clean this thoroughly, while looking for any chips or damage. If necessary, order a replacement shield so that your stove can be returned to its former glory! You can easily refit replacement glass yourself using a thermic seal adhesive glue.
Step 6 – Finishing touches
To revitalise your stove, be sure to lightly oil the door, catch and hinges and give the stove a new lick of paint. Keep this up once a year and your stove will always look as good as new!
Chesneys wood burning stoves are a great, energy efficient way to heat up your home.