Maintaining your Stove
When using a multi-fuel stove or closed appliance it’s important to carry out regular maintenance in order to maintain high performance levels. To help you get the most from your appliance we’ve put together a quick guide to maintaining stoves:
- Maintaining your stove daily
To achieve the highest levels of performance it is important to empty your ash pan regularly. We would strongly recommend that you do not let the ash build up to a level in which it comes into contact with the underside of the grate, as the heat may cause distortion to your fire.
To safely empty the ash you can purchase a ‘tippy’ container. Once you have carefully emptied the ash out of the pan into the container you will need to ensure that the ash put door is firmly replaced into its housing. Make sure that the door is completely air tight to prevent uncontrolled air entering and disrupting the combustion process.
Many modern stoves come equipped with an ‘air wash’ function. However, if the fire door glass does become discoloured you can either use a recognised product or vinegar to try and clean the glass. Do not use any type of abrasive cleaner as it may result in scratches on the surface of the glass.
- Maintaining your stove weekly
Each week you should remove and clean the strove throat/baffle plate. Ensure that deposits and debris are removed as this may impede the route of the combustion gases into the chimney flue.
- Maintaining your stove bi-annually
Every six months sweep the off take pipe and the chimney flue. When sweeping, check that the brush reaches the top of the chimney and then check the brush for signs of condensates. At this point you should also check that the rope seals around the stove door are properly sealed.
If you go away on holiday, or do not use your stove for extended periods, thoroughly clean the firebox, remove the ash and leave the fire door ajar. This will help create a flow of air through your appliance which will help avoid any corrosion to the system.
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