Getting Your Stove Ready for Autumn | Yeoman Stoves

Getting Your Stove Ready for Autumn

Give your stove a spruce

The best place to begin is to clear out any ash that might be leftover from Spring. If you have recently used your wood burning stove, always make sure it is completely cool before touching it. If you have carpet, you may also want to put an old sheet or towel down in front of the hearth to protect it from dust. It’s also worth having a bin bag handy to dispose of cold ash.

Using a dustpan and brush, clear out any ash from the firebox. If you have a multi-fuel stove with an ash tray, you can remove this first and empty it into one of our specially designed metal  ash caddies.  Make sure to dispose of ash immediately into an outside bin. If the ash is warm or hot, leave it the metal caddy to cool for at least 24 hours before disposing. To remove any leftover dust from your stove we recommend using our motorised ash clean to avoid clogging the filters in your hoover.

Once you’ve removed the ash and dust, use a soft brush to remove any soot from the firebricks and get them looking bright and clean. This will also help you to see if there is any damage to the firebricks that needs to be repaired. Small chips or cracks can be easily repaired with our specially designed Fire Cement. Should you find any big cracks, visit our spares section here to order replacement firebricks.

Cleaning the glass

Making sure the glass is cool, don some protective gloves and with a damp cloth rub the glass in circular movements. If the glass is blackened and difficult to clean, you may want to use one of our specially designed cleaning products such as our Glass Cleaner Spray to remove stubborn soot or tar. For stoves that do not have printed glass, we also make a wipe-on Glass Cleaner. For more information on cleaning your wood burning stove glass, see our stove glass cleaning tips here.

Checking the rope seals

Inside the stove door you’ll find rope seals which ensures your stove is airtight for optimum efficiency and also prevents smoke going into the room. Over time the rope seal will break down and need replacing. You can check whether your rope seals are working by shutting a piece of paper in the stove door. Your stove door should close tight enough to prevent you from moving the paper or pulling it out without opening the door. Should you need to replace the rope seals, these can be purchased from our spares section. We have also created an instructional video here to guide you through the process.

Get your chimney swept

Your chimney should be swept at least once a year to ensure optimum burning conditions for your wood burning stove or fire. Whilst you can attempt this yourself, we recommend using a NACs chimney sweep. Not only will a certified sweep ensure your living room stays pristine whilst the chimney is swept, they will also inspect your chimney to ensure it is in working condition and doesn’t require repair. On top of this, providing everything is as it should be, they will also provide an official certification that your chimney is safe to use.  

Test your smoke alarms

Before you begin burning your stove again it is worthwhile to check that both your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working – both of which are essential for the safe use of your wood burning stove or fire. We offer our own Stovax Carbon monoxide detectors should you require a new one for your home.

For more information on cleaning your stove or fire, visit our dedicated page here.

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