How to clean a log burner | Yeoman Stoves

How to clean a log burner

Here is a quick guide to how to clean and maintain a wood burning stove, gas log burner, or electric stove.


  1. Wait for the stove to completely cool down.
  2. Clean the inside of the firebox. Remove all ash and hoover up fine particles. If you need to get into awkward spaces, we recommend the Stovax Motorised Ashclean.
  3. Check the firebricks for damage and clean them using a soft brush. Replace damaged bricks.
  4. Check the glass in your woodburner’s door. Use glass cleaner and clean thoroughly. (Make sure you use the right kind of cleaner – printed glass needs a different product than plain door glass.)
  5. If the glass is damaged, get it replaced. Speak to your local retailer about this.
  6. Check the rope seal on the stove’s door. If it is loose or worn, it may need replacing. Watch our video on how to replace your door rope seal.

Yeoman CL5

Yeoman CL5 Wide wood burning stove

Gas log burner

  1. Clean the door glass of your gas log burner following the instructions that came with the appliance.
  2. Go to the Gas Safe website to find a qualified engineer to perform a service.
  3. We recommend having your gas log burner checked and serviced once a year.

Electric stove

  1. Dust and clean the fuel effects.
  2. Dust any accessible air inlets and outlets.
  3. Follow your instruction manual for additional further information on servicing your electric stove.

Left: Yeoman CL3 Gas Stove. Right: Yeoman Exe electric stove

Don’t forget to maintain your chimney!

Just like your stove needs maintenance, so does your chimney.
There are several factors that can affect how often you need your chimney swept:

  • the fuel type you burn
  • how often you use your fire or stove
  • the moisture content in the wood you burn
  • what type of chimney you have

Anything can get stuck in your flue. Chimneys need to have a clear passageway for the combustion gases to exit your home. Obstructions, such as birds’ nests, can get stuck, as well as soot, deposits and tar that can build up in your chimney over time.

The health of your chimney has an effect on how your stove runs. Build up of obstructions can reduce the draw and make your log burner run less efficiently. It also puts your property at risk of a chimney fire.

Your chimney sweep will be able to advise how often you need to get your chimney swept, depending on how much you use your stove and what fuel you burn.

If you ever have questions, contact your local retailer for further advice.

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