Wood Burning Stove End-of-Season Cleaning & Maintenance Checklist from Fireplace Warehouse ETC
Weather is warming up, and courtesy of Mother Nature’s hospitality, your wood burning stove is cooling down. Though you might get continued use out of it on Colorado’s cool nights, it’s not too early to consider completing your end-of-season wood stove maintenance to-do list to ensure its proper and efficient operation through next season. Because you love your wood burning stove – Fireplace Warehouse ETC loves our customers – we’ve created this checklist to make sure no part of your most-adored appliance goes overlooked.
Wood Stove Store Tips for End-of-Season Cleaning & Maintenance
Burn it hot, let it cool, and clean it thoroughly.
- Let your stove get good and hot to burn away all of its contents down to light ash and use a quality creosote remover to burn out any residual tar buildup, turning it into a powdery ash that more easily brushes away.
- Remove debris inside the box, including ashes from the ash pan (bottom of the box). Clean the baffle (the top or ceiling of your wood burning stove) with a brush or shop vac, carefully returning baffles to their proper position.
- Using wood stove glass cleaner, address any film that has formed on the glass door.
- Wipe down the outside with a damp sponge or cloth to remove any remaining ash and dust.
- If your wood burning stove is cast iron, apply stove polish to protect and restore its sheen.
Only clean your stove when it is completely cool, donning a dust mask and gloves for safety.
- Thoroughly inspect the components of your wood burning stove, checking for any signs of cracking or damaged metal parts.
- Inspect the inside for cracks in the firebrick or baffle. Cracks indicate the need for immediate professional attention.
- Ensure the door seal is tight: Close a piece of paper in the door. If you can easily pull it out, your seal is NOT tight enough for safe operation. For proper combustion control, have the gaskets replaced.
- Examine the condition of the stove pipe, especially where it connects to the chimney. Corrosion, holes, or breakage indicate the need for immediate replacement.
Call a pro.
All wood burning appliances – fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and inserts – require annual professional cleaning to remove soot and extremely flammable creosote deposits which can ruin your chimney pipe and chimney and be a fire hazard. Professional inspection is also essential in identifying corrosion, cracks, and warping, which could result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage into your home.
Dragging your feet?
The regular cleaning and maintenance of your wood burning stove ensures its efficiency and longevity, which ultimately saves you money, and most importantly keeps you safe. That’s why, to protect our customers, Fireplace Warehouse ETC, the premiere wood stove store, not only professionally installs but also services any wood burning stove or insert, gas fireplace or any other alternative heating device.
Don’t let your wood burning stove feel the burn. Schedule your routine annual maintenance with a Denver, Colorado Springs, or Fort Collins area Fireplace Warehouse service professional today by calling 1.866.738.8409, or contact us through our wood stove store website.