WOOD BURNER MAINTENANCE & CLEANING
SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT TWICE YEARLY
Servicing and cleaning forms an integral part of maintaining your fireplace. A small layer of ash should always remain on the floor plate, this will protect the floor plate and create a high base temperature below the fire. The ash draw should be cleaned out after every use to prevent the ash from heaping up and touching the under side of the grate and distorting it.
WOOD BURNER MAINTENANCE & CLEANING SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT TWICE YEARLY
Wet wood which is not seasoned properly will cause soot collection on the fireplace window, this can be cleaning off by using a damp cloth and some of the ash as rubbing compound, then clean with a clean damp cloth.
Before the start of the season check that the door and glass rope seal is intact to ensure that your fireplace efficiency stays optimal. Have the chimney swept regularly to prevent chimney fires, this can be done every two to three years depending on how often you use your fireplace. Check that your fireplace liners are intact, these liners prevents the fire coming into contact with the steel body.
The inside of your firebox will oxidise where the flames burns off the high heat paint and the oxygen binds with the exposed steel. To slow this process down a light sand will be required and respray with an appropriate high heat spray.Remove the top baffle plate and clean out any soot that might have accumulated there.
It is advisable to always leave some ash on the floor of the fireplace, this will protect the floor plate and will help to build and maintain a fire. Special care should be taken to clean the ash pan below the fire grate in order to prevent the ash from touching the grate. Not only will this prevent air flow it will cause the grate to burnout prematurely or warp due to the exposure of excessive heat. The primary air on the fireplace should be used for start up in the fully open position only, there after it should remain only 20-30% open otherwise to much airflow through the grate can cause a similar effect to the above mentioned where the floor plate can be warped.
Caution not to overload the appliance with firewood, this will decrease performance, reduce the energy efficiency and accelerate the wear and tear of the appliance. Do not exceed the maximum load of firewood or burn the fireplace with the air vents fully open, overloading and over firing the appliance voids all the manufacturer’s warranties.
To clean the glass, be careful to spray the cleaning product on a cloth and clean only the glass, without wetting the rest of the door. Window-cleaners and special products often contain chemicals that attach the paint and the ceramic fibre seals and cause oxidation of the metal parts. It’s very important not to wet the wood burner with window cleaner, water or special cleaning products. Heatproof paint is not waterproof. Clean the paintwork with a feather duster or soft, dry cloth. If on your yearly maintenance the inside of the appliance requires painting, the manufacturer makes a spray paint available from your dealer.
You should check the chimney yearly and if required have it swept to keep it clean and in good condition. Creosote build-up in the chimney could cause it to catch fire.
On days with adverse draught conditions (very low atmospheric pressure, heavy frosts), or when the flue is very cold, or in chimneys with a poor draught, you can help the draught to start before lighting the fire by heating the flue:
- Prepare the wood for lighting inside the woodburner.
- Place a firelighter or a sheet of newspaper on the deflector at the start of the flue and set fire to it.
- After a few seconds, when the chimney draught starts, light the wood as instructed.