As we head into March and towards sunnier weather, you’ll probably be using your wood-burning stove less. You might even be wondering the best way to care for it over spring and summer.
To help you along, we’ve compiled some top tips for maintaining your stove during the warmer months.
Spring is the season for a top to bottom clean of your home and your wood-burning stove is no different. Before you get started, make sure your stove has fully cooled down. Next, get rid of any soot, ash, or debris. Ash can become corrosive over time, so it is important that you clear it out before resting your stove for long periods.
Now that it is clean, it is a good time to check your stove over. Pay particular attention to the baffle plate, seals and gaskets. Any broken parts can impact the performance of your stove. If you notice that something is broken, always carry out repairs in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance so as not to impact your warranty. If you are unsure, contact your HETAS engineer and book a repair.
This is also a good time to check for rust. It shouldn’t be an issue with new stoves but it is something you should keep an eye on. Rust and corrosion can shorten the lifespan of your stove. If you do notice rust, remove it with some steel wool. Follow it up by cleaning the area and allowing it to fully dry.
ARRANGE A CHIMNEY SWEEP
Giving your chimney and flue some TLC is important for the longevity and performance of your stove. It is also vital for the safety of your home and family. There are approximately 7,000 chimney fires in England every year – mostly preventable with proper chimney maintenance.
LEAVE YOUR STOVE DOOR AJAR
During times when your stove is not in use, leave your stove door ajar. This allows for air to circulate through your stove and reduce the risk of rust and corrosion.
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