Stove Care


With proper upkeep and maintenance, your wood burning stove can remain the centrepiece in your home and will last for many years to come. However, eventually the stove may need a new rope seal for the door, a new glass viewing window, the riddling grate serviced or just to have the body work re-sprayed to give it a new lease of life.

Stoves Etc have some tips for you to ensure that you are enjoying your stove for years to come.

Running your new wood burner in...

When you receive your wood burning stove it is tempting to go all out and light a big fire. However, you should be gentle with your new burner and start off with small fires; stoves burn at very high temperatures and all the parts of your stove need to be bedded in.

Fading on cast iron stoves

Cast iron stoves can start to look a little faded and worn down over time. This might be appealing for people who like the faded look, but some people will not. The good news for those who want a sharper looking stove is that they can be cleaned and restored to their initial gleaming look very easily. Grate polish can be effective for bringing back the 'like new' finish to your stove. For the more faded stove, we recommend repainting your stove with stove paint (which you can purchase from Stoves Etc here).

What fuel to use on my wood burning or multifuel stove?

Some stoves will be manufactured to accommodate only wood, while multifuel wood burners can burn wood, coal and eco-fuel. Wet wood, straw and man-made products that are combustible should be avoided as these can shorten the lifespan of wood burners and flue installation systems.

Cleaning your wood burning stove

Wood burning stoves will of course need cleaning occasionally, but they do not have to be spotless in order for them to function properly. Even with an air wash system to help keep the stove door clear, your stove door glass will inevitably become dirty. To help maintain a clear view of the fire, you can purchase some stove door glass cleaner (sold on Stoves Etc here).

Cleaning the air intakes of your wood burning stove should become routine; you should do this as they are used to control the flames and to help keep the stove glass from blackening. The stove's air intakes can become clogged with use over time, so it is important to regularly check that they are working properly and clean all the vents to ensure they do not become blocked.

Sweeping your chimney or flue system

This is something that frequently gets put off, but it is very important to the efficiency of the stove. Clogged flue systems and chimneys can harm the draw of your flue system and can cause fires. It makes no difference whether you have a twin walled flue system, a single walled flue travelling into a chimney or if you have a flexible chimney liner, you still should sweep your flue system at least once per year.

In severe cases, the waste gases that get expelled have a risk of not being vented properly and can start filling your room with deadly Carbon Monoxide - yes, this is rare, but it can happen.

For this reason, we recommend that you have a working CO alarm in the room with the stove and regularly sweep your chimney. You can purchase a CO alarm from us here. It could save your life.

If you have a sealed flue pipe, your flue can be swept through your wood burner, or to make things easier you can purchase stove pipe with access doors.

Seals on stoves

Seals around your stove door will start to fade and diminish in effectiveness over time; you will notice that your fires become slightly less controllable as a result. There is a solution to this; you simply replace the seals with new stove rope. You can buy new stove rope on Stoves Etc here. All you have to do is measure the diameter of the existing rope on your stove (you will also need some stove rope adhesive which can also be bought from Stoves Etc here to install the rope properly).

Installing a new stove rope is an easy process. First remove the old stove rope by pulling and gently chiselling with a flat headed screw driver (be careful though not to scratch the surface of the stove). Make sure the area is clean; you can use water to clean it, though do not use detergents as this can react badly with the adhesive. Apply some rope adhesive to the area and feed in the new stove rope. We always recommend you leave at least 12 hours for the adhesive to set.

We hope this information is helpful to you for the upkeep of your new wood burner; if you require any more information from Stoves Etc feel free to contact us here.