Wood Burner Maintenance Ready For Winter
Did you feel that chill? We did, and we’re getting ready for winter. It's time to dust off the old wood burner, but before you start lighting your fuel, you’ll need to check a few things first:
1.Get in touch with your local chimney sweeping service. It’s important to do this at least once a year, before the woodburning season begins. Chimney sweeps professionally remove built up creosote and soot in the flue. If left unchecked, this can be a health and fire hazard. They’ll also check for structural damage that might cause inefficient burning, as well as wildlife nesting in the chimney - so you don’t end up with roasted pigeon after your first fire!
2.Deep clean your wood burner from once a month to every six weeks. Wash the interior of the wood burner with cleaning solution and scrubbing brush. Make sure the interior dries completely before the next use, as moisture can impact the fire lighting process and cause an inefficient burn that emits more smoke. Wood burners are made of steel or iron, which is great for handling high temperatures, but must be protected with a heat resistant coating and kept from moisture to that it doesn’t rust. When dusting the exterior of wood burners, use a dry cloth – any moisture will increase the risk of rust. Rust that already exists can be removed with a steel wool brush. Makre sure to remove soot from the glass screen too – you can get most soot off by rubbing the screen with a piece of newspaper that has been wetted slightly and dipped in ash but be careful not to scratch the glass. You can also use a special stove cleaning solution or vinegar mixed with water & lemon juice to get a good shine.
Foreground - Kiln dried logs from White Horse Energy / Background - Seasoned logs