We all know how important it is to spring clean out homes to get them ready for the new season, but did you know that it is also important to spring clean your fire too? Whether you have a multifuel stove or a wood burning stove it is important to clean it regularly, and Spring is a great time to do this as you will probably be using your fire less. Here are our wood burning stoves Southport tips on how to clean, service and maintain your stove.
Cleaning Your Stove
Anybody who does an annual service on their wood burning stove will tell you how essential the cleaning stage is. The first part of this consists of cleaning the inside of your firebox when the fire is completely cold of course. First of all, you need to remove all of the ash, and one of the best ways to do this is by using a specialised vacuum cleaner, as this can get into all of the awkward spots.
The next task is to your firebricks by using a soft brush. While you are cleaning them it is a good idea to keep an eye out for either cracks or damage, as you may need to have them replaced. If the cracks are small though, you might be able to get away with repairing them with some specialist fire cement.
Next, you should clean the glass door of your stove, or cast tec fireplaces, and, again check it for signs of damage. If there is damage to the glass then the only thing you can do is replace it, there are no other quick fixes. If your glass door is fine, then you should clean it with an appropriate glass cleaner and polish. Different types of glass will need different cleaning products, so it is best to check with us if you are not sure.
Last, but not least, make sure you check the rope seal around your wood burning stove's door as it can work loose over time.
Once you have done all of this then you can rest assured that your stove has been cleaned and serviced to perfection.
Sweep Your Chimney
As well as making sure that your stove, such as cast tec fireplaces, are cleaned and serviced it is also important to make sure your chimney is regularly swept as well. Things such as moss and birds nests can get stuck in your flue which can cause a blockage, meaning the combustion gases that are created by your fire do not exit your home.
The frequency that you will need to have your chimney swept depends on what fuel you use, how often you use your fire, what moisture content your fuel contains, and also what type of chimney you have. The general rule of thumb is:
- Smokeless coal fires need their chimney's sweeping about once a year
- Oil burning fires and stoves generally only need to be swept once a year as well
- Gas fires and stoves can usually be done just once a year too
- Woodburners should have their chimney's swept about four times a year as a minimum
The best thing to do though is to contact you local HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme UK) approved chimney sweep as they will be able to tell you exactly how often your chimney needs to be swept. They will also be able to provide you with a certificate of sweeping which your home insurance company will need from you in the case of any accidents.
Check your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The task of checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is one that should be undertaken on a regular basis, but it can be easy to overlook this little task. Therefore, adding it on to your stove spring cleaning list is one way to ensure that it gets done. In actual fact, the Fire Protection Association in the UK state that these detectors should really be tested at least once a week, as having a working smoke alarm in your house can increase your chance of surviving a fire by at least 50%
It is a fairly straightforward and quick process to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and it can easily be done in the advert break while your favourite programme is on. All you have to do is press the 'test' button on the detector and a light will flash and a loud alarm will be emitted for about 5 seconds. If the light or alarm doesn't come on, then you know that the detector is not working, and you can get the batteries changed. Batteries in detectors usually last about a year, and so should be changed as soon as the 'low battery' warning is heard.To find out more about our range of woodburning stoves, or our range of legend gas fires, please contact our friendly team today on 01704 566 611.