Spring clean your wood burning or multi fuel stove

Spring clean your wood burning or multi fuel stove

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to get your chimney swept and your stove serviced

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to get your chimney swept and to service your wood burning or multi fuel stove ready for the autumn.

At the end of each heating season, as well as having your chimney swept, your stove or fire should undergo an annual service which will include stripping, inspecting and cleaning the appliance. Although this is best carried out for you by a HETAS registered engineer, you can do it yourself by following the general guide below but specific instructions are given in your user’s manual:

Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance

Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance

  • Allow the appliance to cool
  • Remove all the following internal parts – baffle, firebricks, grate and ashpan. Take care handling the bricks as they can become fragile after a period of use.
  • Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance (Stovax offer a filter/collection attachment for vacuum cleaners using dust bags – Ashclean)
  • Clean the internal surfaces using a wire brush and scraper as required. Vacuum and resulting debris
  • 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
  • Remove the glass from the door and 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.

Click here to see Stovax’s range of Care and Maintenance products designed to help you undertake the annual service. All items are available from your local Stovax retailer.

Your local Stovax retailer should also be able to arrange the annual service for you, if you prefer, or you can find details of HETAS registered engineers by visiting www.hetas.co.uk.

15 responses to “Spring clean your wood burning or multi fuel stove”

  1. Sarah Mortimer says:

    Hello there is a lot of spilt candle wax on the top & front black section of my multifuel stove. Can you recommend a good cleaner & restorer ?

  2. Camille says:

    The candle wax will need to be heated up and removed with something similar to kitchen roll to absorb the wax. If it leaves a mark on the paint, please use WD40 spray to try and clean it.

    If this cannot be removed the paint may need to be rubbed down to remove the contamination. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, please ask your local retailer or installer to complete the work.

  3. Michelle says:

    The door latch on my stove is completely stuck with what looks like burned on soot. Any suggestions as to how to clean it ?

    • Camille says:

      We would recommend using WD40 which can be sprayed on to the latch assembly. Further to this, we would also recommend using a small flat headed screw driver to remove the larger pieces of soot and then use an old toothbrush to remove the excess soot.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Hi. There is a big buildup of flaky black carbon on the lower half of my Stovax wood burner doors. Unfortunately, when we tried to remove the glass before attempting to remove it, we cracked it. We have a new sheet of glass to replace the cracked one. Ideally we would like to remove both glass sheets, give the doors a good scrub with a wire brush and re-fit the glass. Can you give me some hints and tips before I attempt it please? By the way, the single sheet of replacement glass was £35 whith I thought was a bit steep!

    • Camille says:

      The glass screws are best removed by using WD40 or other good quality penetrating oil in the threads to help release them. Heat may have to be applied to any stubborn screws as well as previously applying the oil. If you are patient with the application and heat the screws should be able to be removed.

      The carbon build up which is on the doors can be removed with a wire brush as you say.

      The stove requires regular maintenance on all hinges and moving parts with high temperature grease to keep all the parts moving freely.

      If you are unsure about any of the procedures it is worth speaking to your installers of the stove or a qualified Hetas engineer who will be capable of carrying out the above tasks.

  5. Marian says:

    Hello, I am looking to clean my Stovax woodburner. Do you have any tips? Thanks

  6. Dani says:

    Hi there, our stove door has some burnt on fabric on the glass. I have tried to remove it but I am not having any luck, any ideas?

    • Camille says:

      Good morning Dani, Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately if material gets burnt onto the glass it is very difficult, if not impossible to remove it. Normally it goes hard onto the glass and will stick anything used to remove it may mark/scratch the glass something like a bladed paint removal tool from glass may help but there are no guarantees it will not scratch the glass. It may be a replacement glass if the mark is difficult to live with. You may find a glass replacement on our Stovax Spares website. Please visit our informative web page on how to locate your serial number in order to find the right product on the Spares website. For further recommendation, please contact your local Stovax retailer. Best Wishes, Camille

  7. Les says:

    Hello, I have tried WD40 and oil in attempt to loosen the old screws in order to replace the glass which had broken, I have the Stovax authorised approved new replacement glass, new screws and clips but am finding it almost impossible to remove the old screws which simply won’t budge as the screw heads are so worn and and I’m nervous of causing damage rather than repair, Is this a lost cause and do I need to contact Stovax to request a new door. Thank you in advance Les

    • Camille says:

      Good morning Les, Thank you for your comment. It is possible to drill the screws out very carefully, which would be the most cost effective solution. Another option is to gently heat the screws which will loosen the tar and soot that has built up. However, if these two solutions do not work than a new door assembly would be required. For further recommendation, please contact your local Stovax retailer. Best Wishes, Camille

  8. K says:

    Hi, we just had our gas burning Stockton stove serviced. The gas engineer cleaned the stove door with WD40, since which the burner is emitting smoke as it burns off. What should we do to address this? The door looks grey now compared to the rest of the black stove.

    • Camille says:

      Good afternoon Kiran, Thank you for your recent online comment to which I have replied to you using the personal email address you have sent us. The cause maybe the type of WD40 used as some contain silicone which can react to high temperatures. If you do not mind contacting our Stovax and Gazco Technical Department and provide your product’s serial number , your preferred contact details and also the photo of your stove’s discolouration, that would be much appreciated! Once you have provided these information, our Technical Department will be able to help you resolve this and recommend the best options to resolve this. Best Wishes, Camille

  9. Raph says:

    Hi , We arranged to have our chimney and stove cleaned, but the guy who came to do it was unable to remove the firebricks within the stove …. so that he could get the top stove plate released in order to get to the brushes up to clean the flue and chimney , Has anyone ever come across this problem and would you have a solution in order to remove the fire bricks in the stove

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