How to Clean Rust Off a Woodburning Stove

Updated February 21, 2017

Woodburning stoves have been around for hundreds of years. The appliances are popular still with some homeowners. These stoves provide heat for the home and the ability to cook with wood. Most woodburning stoves are made of cast iron, which is a heavy metal that is prone to rusting. As time passes, the protective coating on the stove wears away, which exposes the surface. The reddish-brown rust that appears only spreads to all areas of the stove if it is not removed promptly. Cleaning off the rust on a woodburning stone is easy if performed as soon as it appears.

Scrub away the surface rust with a steel-wool pad or kitchen scrubbing pad.

Put on rubber gloves as a safety precaution.

Apply rust remover to the stubborn rust with a steel-wool pad. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer. Rust removers contain chemicals, such as phosphoric acid or oxalic acid, that dissolve rust.

Scrub the stove with a scrubbing pad to remove the rust. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe up the rust remover. Use a damp paper towel to clean away residue.

Dry the woodburning stove with a kitchen cloth or paper towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel-wool pad or scrubbing pad
  • Rust remover
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels or kitchen towels
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