Tips for Maintaining Your Wood Burner

If you are new to the wood burner world and haven’t owned a stove before, or even if you have but you still aren’t sure how to maintain your stove properly, you have come to the right place.

A well maintained wood burning stove not only looks great but it will also create more heat and burn more efficiently when it is well looked after, which saves you money in the long run. Cleaning your stove on a regular basis will extend its life and keep it looking like new for many years to come, no expensive tools or specialist training needed.

We have put together some top tips to help you get the best from your wood burner.

Clean the Stove Glass on a Regular Basis

LogFire Stoves come with a pre-heat air wash system as standard, which burns off soot particles that are attached to the glass, keeping it as clean as possible.

We recommend wiping the glass after you have used your stove to prevent any build-up of deposits. Always wear protective gloves and never attempt to clean hot glass. One way to clean the glass is to use small amount of dampened newspaper and coat it with ash to avoid scratching the glass. You then scrub it until all the deposits are removed and clean it with a dry rag. This method takes quite a lot of time and elbow grease.

If the glass is blackened by soot, an easier way to clean it is by using one of the many specialist stove glass cleaning products available. Our technical department can offer advice on the best products for each individual wood burning stove.

Clear Away Excess Ash

It’s important to empty ashes regularly, although leaving a layer of ash at the bottom of the stove insulates and protects the bottom of the wood burner. This also helps to start the fire and keep it burning, so it’s worth leaving a thin layer at the bottom.

When you do empty the ash, it can be used as fertiliser for your garden if is from clean, untreated wood… So nothing goes to waste.

Sweeping the Chimney

A clear chimney is vital to the health of your stove. We recommend that you have your chimney swept at least once a year, but how regularly depends on a number of factors, including the type of fuel you use, type of chimney/flue, the appliance, how often it is used and the moisture content of the wood fuel. Your chimney sweep will be able to advise you on this.

Use the Right Wood

The type of wood you burn will affect your stove, flue and the air you breathe. Unseasoned, wet wood will create a build-up of soot and tar. Creosote (tar) erodes the chimney lining and decreases the efficiency of your stove, so unseasoned wood should never be used.

Only well-seasoned wood and kiln dried firewood will burn efficiently and reduce the amount of creosote build-up in your flue.

If you follow these tips, you will extend the life of your stove and also have a wood burner that looks like new for many years to come.

Are you still looking for the perfect wood burning stove? Take a look at the contemporary LogFire range today!

On April 28, 2015, posted in: News by

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