Regular maintenance of your wood burning stove is necessary. A clean wood burning stove offers an exceptional view of the fire, produces a greater amount of heat and allows the firewood to burn more efficiently. Proper maintenance extends the life of your wood stove and gives you many years of enjoyment.
Daily maintain can be done just by yourself. It really doesn’t require expensive tools or special knowledge. Most modern wood burning stoves are equipped with an air-wash system, which helps to keep the glass clean during operation. If soot and tar covers the glass, it is normally enough to burn intensely for a short period of time and the heat and the air-wash system will make sure that soot particles attached to the glass are burned off.
If the glass is still covered with soot, the following tips can help you out:
Moisten a wrinkled piece of newspaper and dip it carefully in the ashes on the bottom of the cold wood stove. Rub the paper against the glass with the ashes turned towards the glass. Repeat if necessary to loosen all of the soot. Finally, you can dry off the glass with a clean piece of paper to remove the soot particles that are now loose. This method is better for the environment and free.
A lot of people clean out the ashes far too often. In fact, it is beneficial to leave a good layer of ashes on the bottom of the stove. This layer insulates and protects the bottom of the wood burning stove. Ashes are the non-flammable parts of the wood, mostly minerals.
Because ashes are an extremely insulating material, you often find small, glowing embers hidden in the ashes hours or days after the fire is out. When you empty the ashes, it is therefore important that it is emptied in to a metal bucket with a lid. This must be left until you are sure that there are no glowing embers left in the ashes. Ashes can be used as fertilizer for your garden if it stems from clean, untreated wood.
Following the above methods can make your wood burning room heaters serve you a longer time and saving your much more money you investing in fuel.