How to Maintain Your Stove for Life
Maintaining your stove correctly can contribute to a longer life-span, more efficient burning of fuel and will keep your stove looking like new longer! There are lots of ways that you can keep your stove in good working order including chimney sweeping, checking rope seals, using good quality fuel and generally taking care of the aesthetic side of your stove, including keeping your glass sparkly and clean.
Have your chimney swept
Getting your chimney swept at least twice a year is a key element of stove maintenance and can increase the efficiency of your stove. Neglecting a chimney sweep can lead to creosote build-up which can be a cause of chimney fires. Ensure that you look for registered chimney sweeps or HETAS registered installers when booking your chimney service.
Check your rope seals
Rope seal is the heat-resistant fire rope that is fitted around your stove door. If your rope becomes worn over time this can mean air is let into the body of the stove rendering the stove inefficient. Be sure to check the look of your rope seal every time you open your stove door to know when it’s time to fit a replacement!
Use good quality fuel
You can check the quality of your fuel if using a wood burning stove with a moisture meter – moisture content should be below 20% for it to be efficient and safe to burn. If the moisture content of your wood is above this level it can mean that there is a build up of deposit over time within your chimney and stove. When using other fuels we recommend using DEFRA approved fuel sources. You can take a look at the DEFRA site here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs
Keep your stove glass looking good as new
Most good quality stoves will have an air wash system for keeping your glass clean, however, your glass can still become discoloured over time due to a variety of reasons and you should look to other ways to keep on top of this common issue. There are plenty of quality stove maintenance products out there that can keep your stove looking sparkly and clean, take a look at our range of cleaning products on our accessories page https://www.stovesupermarket.co.uk/collections/stove-accessories
By following our advice and a stove maintenance regime you’re sure to get the best out of your stove, now and in the future to come.
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