Tips to Prevent Soot Build Up on Wood Stove Glass

Wood Stove GlassThere’s nothing quite like a beautiful wood stove fire during the colder seasons. Soot build up on wood stove glass can decrease the visual appeal of a wood stove fire, and it can become rather laborious to have to constantly clean the glass every time you have a fire.

Here are some easy tips to prevent soot build-up on your wood stove glass. Cleaner glass will add greater ambiance to a room and allow you to enjoy more fires in your wood stove before having to clean the glass again.

Tips to Prevent Soot Build Up on Wood Stove Glass

  • Always burn well-seasoned wood in your wood stove. Burning wood that hasn’t been well-seasoned can decrease the quality of your fire and cause it to be “smoky.” Smokier fires produce more soot build up on the glass.
  • Try burning harder woods like oak, cherry, or walnut, and avoid burning woods known for their higher sap content.
  • If your wood stove has a heat setting, try turning the heat controls up a few notches. Hotter fires will keep your glass cleaner.
  • Allow enough oxygen to vent into your wood stove. Many of the newer models are already built to help with air flow. Check the chimney/vent to make sure it’s clean and in a good position for air flow.
  • If you’re burning smaller fires, try adding some more wood to the wood stove. Smaller fires can’t always produce enough heat inside the wood stove for the soot to burn off the glass.
  • Position burning matter closer to the front glass on the wood stove. This will put the heat source closer to the glass.

Enjoy Beautiful Fires from Your Wood Stove All Season Long

You can’t completely prevent soot from accumulating on the glass, but these tips should help increase the time between cleanings. Soot build up on wood stove glass is less of a problem for newer models than older models, but regardless of how old your wood stove is, you can still experience beautiful fires from your wood stove all season long.

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