Stoves go through continuously changing heat cycles while burning intrinsically “dirty” fossil fuels, so regular cleaning and maintenance will be necessary. Usage of solid fuel stoves / cassettes varies enormously, from those who light their stove daily in the winter to those who just use it on chilly Sundays, so there is no set amount of wear and tear. However all such appliances should have an annual service including a sweep of the flue system; removal, checking & replacement if necessary of baffles and firebricks; checking & replacement of door and glass rope seals; checking & adjustment of the door latch and hinges. Many chimney sweeps are now trained and qualified in appliance as well as flue maintenance and may be able to cover all the above activities.
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