How To Clean A Hot Wood Burning
article with cover cleaning a wood stove and how to clean a hot wood
who has owned a wood stove understands how unique it really is,
especially on those cold chilly 10 degree days.
There is not a day that goes by that our family does not
near the stove to get the morning chill out of their bones before we
head to the kitchen or shower. Who can forget the daily
manuevering, pushing matches or finding the warm spot on the hearth to
get their feet warm. And there is no better way to ride out a
storm than sitting by the wood stove reading a book or watching tv.
all that said, if you want to continue to enjoy the absolute best heat
found on earth, then you also need to take care of your wood burning
stove. Fire needs oxygen and as the ash builds up inside your
wood stove, that oxygen robbing material needs to get cleaned
Below are the steps we take to clean our wood stove on a weekly basis,
during normal buring. Keep in mind during really cold snaps
have to clean our box more often and a lot of times there are still a
coals in the box. We'll show you how we do that as well.
The Box Down
is easy to tell when your wood stove needs to be cleaned.
start to bury your wood as you add it to the fire. At this point we do
not add anymore wood in the morning before work and turn the air flow
button wide open.
we are cleaning a hot wood stove we follow the same
procedures with the exception of opening the glass door as well as
crack a window open. This adds as much air as possible to
further down. More importantly we can get inside the firebox
hours or less.
PLEASE USE METAL and be careful when handling
we have a ton of ash, I like to use a small square shovel (this
one) because it
can hold a ton of ash. We use four different metal buckets for ash
which I will explain later.
carefully scoop the ash and then softly
dump it into the metal bucket. This continues until the majority of ash
is removed from the firebox. We are not worried about every bit of ash
because it will be there next week.
your stove has cooled down for 3 hours or whatever you deem workable
(it will be warm inside) I divide the stove in half and move coals from
one side to the other. Once I have the majority of coals
over, I clean
half the box. Then I carefully move the hot coals to the other side and
clean underneath them.
As you can see on the left is the hot coal and on the right it is now
Tips and Tricks to Cleaning Firebox
problem with using this larger shovel is the dust that it will create.
If there are two people in the home we will have one person
cleaning the firebox and the other will use the wood
stove vacuum sucking up the ash near the bucket.
you own a glass door this is a good time to take newspaper, get it wet
and then dip it into ash. After that smear the wet ash on the glass to
help you clean it. After the initial application of ash you
just use dry newspapper to remove the creosote and ash.
you don't like this then take a piece of wood charcoal (not a hot one)
dip it in water and then rub the creosote off the glass.
it works really well. You might need to scrap some of the
off but go ahead and run a test to see which way works best for you.
is easier to clean the glass door if it is warm to hot. My
wife likes to use this
stuff when she cleans the door when it is warm. I
prefer the newspapper method and she is slowly coming around to it.
vac's are not good for cleaning your wood stove firebox.
on this, we burnt out a couple of them real quick and finally broke
down and got this one. This
will eat coals no problem. Just don't make it a habit.
Check out the link and read the reviews if you don't believe
Removing Ash From The Home
telling us our garbage can was on fire. My wife insisted that the ash
be removed from our yard immediately. Now, she understands why it must
stay out there for at least a week.
you finish removing ash, make sure and use thick gloves or we like to
use an old towel to carry the metal bucket outside. Our landscaping on
one side of the house has rocks in it and this is where we will place
the bucket full of ash. This will sit there for a week or two
before we dump it into a empty dog food bag and then the garbage.
I can't tell you how many times in
the past we received calls
Why don't we add the ash to our yard, garden or wherever? We
do when it does not contain nails. We receive broken pallets
and will use the wood for kindling or daily burn (4x4 pieces) and they
have nails in them. When we are burning this wood you would
not believe how heavy our ash can is when we dump it. Those nails add
up, therefore we place this ash in the trash.
Now you see why we have 4 metal buckets and will rotate
them throughout the winter. During heavy use we can fill two
buckets every 4 days.
Give me a few days and I will add another
article on how to clean your chimney pipe. We will have a few
tricks for you again.
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