Servicing your stove is a vital aspect of ensuring the safety and longevity of any appliance.
As a minimum, it is important to service your woodburner on an annual basis, either at the end of the heating season or before the start of the new one. Either way, it is key to service your stove before you start using it regularly again at the beginning of winter.
Here’s a whistle-stop guide to servicing your stove.
1. Wait for the stove to cool down
If the stove has been in use, wait for it to cool fully before starting the service.
2. Remove the internal parts of your woodburner
Remove the grate, ashpan, baffle and firebricks from your appliance. The firebricks, in particular, might have become fragile, so take care with those.
We put together a gallery showing how to replace the internal parts of a Mazona Olympus stove. That will give you an approximate idea for most appliances, but consult your stove manual for more information.
3. Vacuum the inside of your stove
Remove any ash from those nooks and crannies inside your appliance with the assistance of a vacuum cleaner.
4. Clean the stove’s internal surfaces
Remove any deposits that have built up on the surfaces of the firebox and the internal parts your removed (excluding the firebricks). Use a wire brush and/or scraper to clear away the deposits but, again, consult your stove manual for guidance on the best materials to use on your stove.
5. Clean your firebricks
The firebricks need a bit more care than the other internal parts to avoid damage, so use a soft brush to remove any deposits.
6. Consider buying spares
Are any of the parts your removed worn, broken or warped? If so, your service is the ideal time to replace them. Failing to replace these parts will result in your stove performing inefficiently for the winter ahead and may lead to permanent damage to your appliance. Shop for spares now.
7. Refit all the internal parts
Replace all the parts that you had previously removed, including fitting any spares you might have bought.
8. Remove the glass
Remove the glass from the door or, if easier and advised by your stove manufacturer, remove the entire door before removing the glass. This guide tells you how to remove stove glass in the event that it is cracked, but the process remains the same.
9. Clean the glass
Get rid of any blackening or discolouration of your stove glass by cleaning it. Try using newspaper dipped in cold ashes or a specialist stove glass cleaning product. You can click here for more stove glass cleaning tips.
10. Remove old or worn stove rope
Worn or frayed stove rope can break the seal around your stove door, letting too much air into the firebox. As part of your stove service, remove any damaged rope and the glue that was holding it in place.
11. Fit replacement stove rope
Replace the worn stove rope with new rope to ensure your stove functions efficiently. Buy replacement stove rope here. Use stove glue to hold the rope in place, then refit the glass and, if it was been removed, refit the door.
12. Lightly oil the door hinges
If approved by your stove manufacturer, use oil to give lubrication to the door-catch and hinges.
13. Check the stove body
Complete your service by checking the stove body. If you spot any rust, it is important to tackle that straight way. Find out how to do so. You can also use stove paint to freshen up your stove’s appearance.