A wood burning stove can provide your home with a warm, cosy feeling during the winter months, while also helping you save on energy costs. However, like any other appliance, it is important to perform regular maintenance in order to keep wood-burning fireplaces functioning safely and efficiently.
In this blog post, we will discuss the maintenance requirements of wood burning fireplaces. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your wood burning stove provides you with many years of enjoyment.
Empty The Ashpan Regularly
Depending on how often you use your wood-burning stove, you will need to empty the ashpan anywhere from once a week to once a month. This is important, as ashes can build up and block the air vents, which could lead to a fire hazard. Plus, the more ashes that are in the pan, the longer it will take to empty it, making it more of a tedious job.
When emptying the ashpan, make sure the ashes are completely cool. Be sure to wear gloves and use a shovel to scoop the ashes into a metal container. Once the ashes are in the container, they can be disposed of in your regular trash.
Get The Chimney Swept
You should have your chimney swept at least once a year. This will help to remove any debris or blockages that could cause problems with the operation of your stove. Plus, it will also help to prevent sparking, which could lead to a fire.
Chimney sweeping is a dangerous job, so it is best to hire a professional to do it for you. A professional chimney sweep will have the necessary equipment, knowledge and practical training to do the job safely and efficiently.
A professional will also be able to tell you if there are any repair issues that need to be addressed, or if the chimney represents a hazard that needs to be corrected. This will provide you with peace of mind that your wood-burning stove is safe to use.
Clean The Baffle/Throat Plate
The baffle, also known as the throat plate, is the metal piece that sits at the back of the firebox. Over time, this piece can become covered in soot and debris.
Cleaning the baffle will help to improve the efficiency of your wood-burning stove and will also help to prevent fires. To clean the baffle, you will need to remove it from the stove and then scrub it with a stiff brush. Once it is clean, you can put it back in place.
And again, make sure the element is completely cool before attempting to clean it. Keeping wood-burning fireplaces maintained is easy, but it’s still important to take all the necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
Now you know how to properly maintain your wood-burning stove, and how simple it is. By following these tips, you can help to keep your stove in good working condition for years to come. Why not browse our range of wood burning stoves , visit our showroom or call us on 01908 507027 today.