Get to know the safe and effective ways to keep your wood stove glass clean
When the glass is clean and you can see the fire inside, it’s truly a beautiful family room centerpiece; and secondly, when the glass is dingy and filmy, it’s quite ugly.
Here’s a list of things you can do to keep and maintain the cleanliness of your wood stove
- The easiest and best method for cleaning the glass involves dampening a crumpled newspaper, dipping it into the ashes, and wiping down the glass. (The detailed steps can be found in “How to Clean and Maintain Fireplace Glass”.)
- If the glass has accumulated build-up then you should burn a couple high temperature fires in the wood stove prior to cleaning the glass.
- Cleaning your wood stove a minimum of once a week is considered typical maintenance, however, a wood stove with a good air-wash system can keep the glass clear for a longer period of time.
- Always make sure that the wood stove is not hot while cleaning or you could burn yourself or break the glass.
- Specialty glass cleaners can also be purchased and work well with adding some ash to your newspaper, cloth or non-abrasive scrubber.
Additional tips for minimizing soot residue on wood stove glass:
- Always burn hard woods. Soft woods can smoke up the glass within hours of just cleaning it.
- Find a good draft setting for your wood stove that isn’t too tight to allow good air flow.
- Replace the door seals and woven gaskets along the edge of the glass as-needed to prevent leaks.
- Etching on older glass cannot be removed. Consider replacing the glass to restore a clear view of the fire. If your glass is broken, replace it ASAP for safety reasons.
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