If you haven’t already – now would be a great time to give your multi fuel or wood burning stove, or wood buring fire a good clean as the weather turns cold and the nights draw in.
As well as getting your chimney swept by a qualified chimney sweep, there are other things that need to be done to ensure that your wood burning or multi fuel appliance is ready to go for the winter season. All of these are best executed by a HETAS registered, qualifued engineer, however there are things that can be done yourself by following the guidelines below and referring to the manual provided with your wood burning fire or wood burning stove.
- Always allow the appliance to cool before carrying out any cleaning or maintenance
- Remove all the following internal parts – baffle, firebricks, grate and ashpan. This can be done be following the specific instructions provided with your wood burning or multi fuel fire or stove
- It is incredibly important that you take care when handling the fire bricks as they can be fragile after use
- Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance
- Clean the internal surfacese using a wire brush and scraper as required
- Any debris can be vacuumed as above
- Clean the grate and any grate parts with a wire brush and check for any damage, replace any damaged parts
- Clean the firebricks with a soft brush, check the bricks and although some surface wear and tear will occur with use, damaged or broken bricks should be replaced
- Re-fit all cleaned internal parts and replacement parts
- Discard old or worn rope seal
- Clean old glue from the groove which held the rope seal
- Replace the rope seal, gluing into place with a thermic seal adhesive, and re-fit the glass
- Lightly oil the door catch mechanism and hinge pins
- To refresh the exterior look of your stove or fire, aerosol paint or colloidal black cleaner is available for most painted finishes. Enamelled surfaces should only be cleaned with a lightly dampened, soft cloth only