How to keep the glass clean on a wood burner

Updated February 21, 2017

It doesn't take long for the window on your wood-burning stove to be covered in dirt, soot and ash. One of the enjoyable aspects of a wood-burning stove is being able to watch the fire as you relax at the end of the day. Follow these steps to get the ash and soot residue off the wood-burning stove's glass.

Open the door of the cold wood burner and spread three layers of newspaper beneath the window area.

Remove all the remains of previous fires from inside the wood-burning stove. Even a small draft will disturb the ash and soot, and create a bigger mess to deal with.

Spray a liberal amount of orange cleaner on the inside glass, soaking the surface thoroughly. Let it stand for 15 minutes.

Wipe the wood-burning stove glass with a rag, folding the cloth often as it gets coated with soot. The deposits on the glass will come right off.

Check for any spots on the wood-burning stove glass that might remain and repeat the process if you find any areas that you missed.

Pour 60 ml (1/4-cup) ammonia into 2 litres (2 quarts) of hot water and wipe the glass with the ammonia solution, using a clean rag and a circular motion.

Polish the wood-burning stove glass with a clean piece of crumpled newspaper until all streaks are gone.

Maintain your wood-burning stove glass by cleaning it each time you empty the ashes. Once you remove the layers of soot, you will only need the ammonia solution to keep it bright and clean.



Ammonia is a high vapour cleaner. Be careful not to breathe the fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Orange-based citrus cleaner
  • Ammonia
  • Rags
  • Newspapers
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Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.