If you want to keep your wood burning stove in top condition and functioning correctly, it is of utmost importance to follow the maintenance and cleaning tips that can be found in the stove manual.
Maintenance and cleaning will help you keep your heating gem running smoothly and keep you warm for many winters to come.
You are highly recommended to burn only seasoned wood. Why? Because unseasoned wood contains high amounts of water which can cause problems with smoking, creosote build-up in the flue system and chimney.
VERY IMPORTANT, never burn treated wood, driftwood, plywood, MDF, chipboard and all non-wood items because they can cause damage to the stove and release potentially toxic fumes.
Maintenance of your stove does not require much time and effort, a HETAS recommended engineer will very quickly, service, clean and check all the important working aspects.
If there are any signs of damage such as cracks, leaks or warping, or if you have any problems with the stove have them repaired immediately. You are also highly recommended to have your chimney cleaned and checked by a chimney sweep at least once a year or more often if you use a wood burning stove on a regular basis.
It is also advisable to clean the glass on a regular basis because the longer you postpone the cleaning the harder it gets to remove the tar deposits. Always leave your stove to cool completely before you carry out any maintenance or cleaning.
If you require your wood stove to be serviced and checked please do make contact and one of our HETAS registered fitters will be happy to help.