Now that the weather is slowly warming up, you’ll probably be using your stove less – especially as we start to think about summer holidays. It’s the perfect time to give your wood burning or multi-fuel stove a service, giving you plenty of time to clean, identify any problems, or even refresh your stove before the winter months arrive.
Servicing and maintenance
At the end of the heating season, your stove or fire should undergo an annual service which will include stripping and cleaning the appliance. One of the first things to do is clean the inside of the firebox thoroughly when the stove is completely cool. All of the excess ash needs to be removed, with finer particles vacuumed up.
Using a soft brush, clean and check the firebricks – any broken or damaged bricks should be replaced, but smaller cracks or chips can be repaired using fire cement. Check the door glass for any signs of damage by removing it from the door and cleaning thoroughly with glass cleaner – consider the type of cleaner you need carefully, as printed glass will need to be cleaned with a different product use for plain door glass. If the glass has cracked, it will need replacing, but if in good condition it can be put back into the door. Ensure that you check your door rope seal which can become worn or loose over time, and if it needs replacing.
Get your chimney swept
Anything from tar to birds’ nests and cobwebs can get stuck in your flue. While the frequency of needing your chimney swept varies depending on fuel type, how often you use your fire or stove, the moisture content in the wood you burn or what type of chimney you have, now is a good time to consider when you last had your chimney swept and whether or not you’ll need to do it again soon.