How to replace a wood stove glass door

Written by duane craig
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Wood stove doors with glass windows are popular because people like to be able to watch the fire as it burns inside the stove. The frames of these wood stove doors are often made of cast iron or plate steel and are very strong. Cast iron doors are more prone to chipping or breaking because the metal is brittle. When a chip or a break in the door causes it not to seal tightly, it's time to replace the door.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • New wood stove glass door assembly
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Close stove damper and allow to it cool down completely.

  2. 2

    Open the door and pull up gently on the end that is the farthest from the hinges.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the bottom hinge pin using fingers or the pliers to remove it. If the hinge pins have nuts or cottar pins on the bottoms, then remove those before pulling up on the pins.

  4. 4

    Pull up on the top hinge pin to remove it and set the door to the side.

  5. 5

    Remove the door handle and latch assembly from the old door and mount it on the new door. Skip this step if your replacement door came with a handle and latch assembly.

  6. 6

    Set the new wood stove glass door in place and drop the pins into the hinges. Reinstall nuts or cottar pins as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Air leaks at a wood stove door lower the stove's performance and will cause the glass to get a coating of soot on the inside. If your door has no visible cracks or breaks, the problems may lie with a worn door gasket, or a poorly adjusted door latch. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on replacing a door gasket or adjusting the door latch.
  • The door is heavy. Be sure the wood stove is completely cool before starting work.

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