How to Clean a Wood Burning Stove

Many homes today use wood burning stoves as a means of heating their homes. Some use them occasionally to heat one room or to create a mood. Regardless of the reason for using a wood burning stove, it is vital to make sure that they are cleaned often and correctly. This is an important safety issue when using a wood burning stove. Follow these instructions on how to clean a wood burning stove to assure safe operation when in use.

Locate the catalytic combustor. It is located between the fire and the stove pipe. It should be inspected for ash that has accumulated from the burning wood. Remove the combustor and using a small brush, clean out the ash. Follow by vacuuming any remaining ash. Refer to your maintenance manual for specific model instructions regarding removal of the combustor. The catalytic combustor needs to be cleaned at least every 60 days.

Using a small fireplace shovel, shovel the ashes out of the wood burning stove and place into a metal container that has a metal cover. Place the container outdoors on the ground and leave covered for at least 48 hours until ashes have gone out before disposing.

If the wood burning stove has not been in use and is cool, use a vacuum to completely clean out the stove after removing the ashes.

Using a fine sandpaper of 0000 grit, lightly sand the inside surface of the glass window. This will remove any residue that has built up on the glass.

Use a ladder to climb up to the stove pipe. Inspect the exterior condition of the wood burning stove pipe. Remove any debris that is near or around the pipe. Keep the stove pipe clear of trees and branches.

Use a chimney brush that fits the stove pipe to scrape the sides. Insert it into the pipe and brush up and down to remove any creosote build-up. Check with the flashlight to make sure the creosote has been brushed away.

Return to the wood burning stove and clean the soot and creosote that has fallen into it. Again, use the stove shovel and vacuum cleaner to do this. Replace the damper.

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