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How to Paint a Pot Belly Stove

Updated February 21, 2017

Pot belly cast iron wood stoves can last virtually forever with the proper care. After years of use, though, you may find that your pot belly stove needs a makeover. A coat of new paint -- after a good cleaning -- can restore your pot belly stove to almost new condition. Of course, you can't use just any paint on a wood stove. Purchase high-temperature paint designed for wood stoves and grills, available at home and garden centres and speciality paint stores.

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  1. Empty the pot belly stove of all wood and ashes, if necessary, and dispose.

  2. Remove all of the removable pieces such as the ashtray and top plate. If the stove is currently installed, detach the stove from the pipe. Move the stove and its pieces outdoors.

  3. Scrub any areas of rust or corrosion with a dry wire brush.

  4. Wash the stove thoroughly, by first rinsing the inside and outside of the stove with a garden hose until the ash build-up has been washed away.

  5. Dissolve 0.454kg. of oxygen bleach in 1 gallon of hot tap water. Scrub the outside and inside of the stove with the solution using a sponge. Rinse the stove off with water. Allow the stove to dry.

  6. Sand the entire outside surface of the stove lightly. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.

  7. Mask off any areas of the stove you don't want painted with painter's tape, if necessary. Place the stove on a dropcloth.

  8. Shake the high-temperature spray paint for at least one full minute. Hold the can 1 foot away from the stove and spray a very thin mist coat to the entire surface. Wait a few minutes, then spray on an even coat of paint, spraying in an overlapping back-and-forth motion. If another coat is needed, allow the paint to dry for overnight before re-coating.

  9. Install or reinstall the pot belly stove after the last coat of paint has dried. No long curing time is required before using, as the heat from the fire will cure the paint. Heat the stove slowly the first time you use after painting.

  10. Tip

    Your pot belly stove can be painted in any colour high-temperature paint, not just black.


    Do not disassemble the pot bellied stove unless it is completely cold.

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Things You'll Need

  • Steel brush
  • Garden hose
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Dropcloth
  • High-temperature spray paint

About the Author

Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," Celebrations.com and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.

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