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Maintaining your stove

Depending on the fuel type, there are different steps for how to clean or maintain your stove or fire.

A solid fuel stove requires an annual service. This includes stripping and cleaning the appliance thoroughly, and removing all excess ash. It will also need to be checked for any broken or damaged parts that need replacing, and the door glass will need cleaning. You can find more information on the servicing your wood burning or multi-fuel log burner needs here.

Like your stove, your chimney also requires maintenance. Chimneys need to have a clear passageway for the combustion gases to exit your home. It is important to make sure that your chimney is swept to ensure it is free from any obstructions, such as birds’ nests. Along with obstructions, soot, deposits and tar can build up in your chimney over time, reducing the draw, making the stove run less efficiently and putting your property at risk of a chimney fire.

If you are burning wood, ensure your chimney is swept at least twice a year. This can be reduced to once if you are using a multi-fuel stove to burn fuels other than wood. It is also important to have your stove serviced by a qualified installer to ensure you see the best performance from your appliance.

A gas stove will also need servicing and its door glass cleaning – it is possible to clean the glass yourself, following instructions supplied with the product. It is recommended that gas appliances are safety checked and serviced at least once a year by a registered gas service engineer. You can find a qualified engineer on the Gas Safe website.

Maintenance of an electric stove is easy and simple, and normally just involves dusting and cleaning the fuel effects, plus any accessible air inlets and outlets in order to maintain the optimum heat output and efficiency from the stove. Your instruction manual for your appliance should include further information that explains more.

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