Last Updated on April 19, 2021 by Ellen Christian
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Learning how to clean a woodstove was one of the first things I had to do when we purchased our home. While we have an oil fired furnace, we heat primarily with wood because it does a better job heating our home. We have a chimney sweep come in every other year to clean the chimney but learning how to clean a woodstove is something I had to take care of. After a winter of use, our woodstove is generally covered with ashes. Not only is this messy, it’s not the best for our allergies.
How To Clean A Woodstove
- Always start from the top and work your way down. If you have carpet around your woodstove, you will want to cover it with a drop cloth.
- Make sure that your woodstove is completely cold to the touch and not in use when you clean it.
- Remove all the ashes from inside the woodstove using a woodstove shovel and ash bucket.
- If your woodstove has a tray under it to catch the ashes, empty that as well.
- Move the woodstove accessories from away from the woodstove. You will need to wipe down and clean each of these as well.
- If you have a fireplace vacuum, you will want to use that to vacuum up any stray ashes before you begin wiping down the woodstove. Do NOT use a regular vacuum for this purpose. You will make a giant mess and ruin your vacuum.
- Using a barely damp cloth or damp paper towel, carefully wipe off the ashes beginning at the top of your woodstove. You do not want the cloth or paper towel to be wet. You only want it barely damp. This will prevent the ashes from flying everywhere but not leave your woodstove wet so it rusts. For our woodstove, I start at the top of the stovepipe.
- If you have a heat protective covering on the wall behind your woodstove, begin cleaning this from the top down as well.
- As a note, if you have NOT yet purchased your woodstove, ornate decorations on the front and sides of your woodstove may be very attractive but they are a huge pain to clean.
- Continue working your way down until you have wiped away all of the loose ash and dust from the woodstove, pipes, and heat protective layer.
- Using a combination of vinegar and water, clean the glass in the front of your woodstove. Do NOT use chemical cleaners that are flammable anywhere near your woodstove. It takes me two or three times to get the glass clear and remove all the soot.
- As you are cleaning the glass, examine the gasket that goes around the window of your woodstove. It is made of a fireproof, fiberglass material. If it has come loose, carefully press it back in place so there are no gaps. If you cannot get it back in place, call your chimney sweep to replace it. There are kits you can buy to replace it yourself if you feel comfortable doing that.
- If you want your stove to look black and shiny, you will need to use stove polish. Consult your woodstove’s manual for the proper type and the application method recommended by your woodstove manufacturer. I don’t care if mine looks shiny and new. I just want it to be clean so I do not bother with polish.
Now that you know how to clean a woodstove, make sure that you do it once a year when your heating season is done. Have you ever cleaned your own woodsdtove?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.