Wood burning stove door glass – cleaning tips

Wood burning stove door glass – cleaning tips

There are several ways to clean your wood burning stove’s glass. This article will provide you with a step-by-step method to ensure that your appliance’s glass is properly maintained.

Stovax stove glass cleaner

Before proceeding with the following steps, always ensure that you use your wood burning stove’s Airwash system correctly and use good quality fuel as this will reduce the frequency with which you need to clean your stove’s door glass.

1. Wait for your wood burning stove to cool and wear protective gloves.

Before undertaking this cleaning operation, make sure that you wear protective gloves and allow enough time for your wood burning stove to cool fully. Do not clean hot glass.

2. Use a damp cloth before applying a cleaning agent to your wood burning stove.

Soot can often contain acidic particles that can cause corrosive damage to printed glass. Therefore, before applying the cleaning agent, remove any dust and loose soot with a moist cloth and buff dry.

3. Use the right cleaning product for your wood burning stove.

For wood burning stoves with printed glass, it is advisable to use a less aggressive cleaning agent such as the Stovax Glass Cleaner – spray. Otherwise, if you have a heavily stained, clear glass wood burning appliance, Stovax’s gel cleaner, Stove Glass Cleaner – wipe-on, would be more appropriate. Please note that the gel cleaner is slightly abrasive and is therefore only suitable for stoves with a clear glass door.

4. Apply the cleaning fluid to a cloth.

Once you have decided which is the appropriate glass cleaner to use for your wood burning stove, apply a little to a soft cloth and rub it over the surface of the glass.

5. Apply cleaning fluid carefully.

A clean wood burning stove window. Shown next to a Stovax glass cleaner gel.

Ensure that cleaning fluid is applied carefully and not excessively as it is important that it does not come into contact with the rope seal around the edge of the glass.

Please note that if the rope seal does absorb excess cleaning agent; it is advisable to replace the rope as soon as possible to preserve the printed finish of the glass.

6. Make sure the wood burning stove is dry before relighting.

Please note that this article is only a guide, the steps may not apply to all Stovax wood burning products. Some wood burning products may be cleaned differently depending on the type of model. Please visit your local Stovax retailer for more advice and information.

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3 responses to “Wood burning stove door glass – cleaning tips”

  1. C M Clark says:

    My new stovax log burner’s window became coated with a hard varnish like substance. What should I use to clean it off? I’m afraid to light it again until I know more.

    • Dan says:

      It sounds like you have a build up of tar on your glass. This is usually the result of burning low quality fuel.

      It is highly recommended that you only burn seasoned timber with less than 20% moisture content. More information on identifying good firewood is available here.

      Following the instructions above, and given in the video, should help you to clean your glass. We recommend you use a lint free cloth to apply the cleaning products.

  2. Kevin says:

    Agree with Dan;s comments but you also need to understand how different woods burn, even if they are seasoned. For example, soft woods will season more quickly but need to be burned at maximum temperature to avoid tar on the glass. Obviously best that you burn well seasoned woods (ash being the best for economy and heat) but these are expensive and often difficult to find at reasonable prices. Best time to purchase is in the spring, when the market is flat, and build up a good store of well seasoned wood at a decent price which if you do it each year, will provide for years ahead. The worst thing is trying to buy good quality wood at a reasonable price in August. Further, there are unscrupulous suppliers whose first delivery will be good but then you are hooked to future unseasoned supplies. Last point, if it is tarring the glass, you can imagine what its doing to the flue and over time this can be a real problem. .

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Posted by on April 19, 2013