My woodburner door is stuck

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Is your wood-burning stove door stuck? We appreciate that can be very frustrating. If you’ve spent a long time wiggling the door handle without any success, you might be stumped for ideas as to what to do next.

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How to open a seized woodburner door

The best way to open a wood-burning stove door when it is stuck closed is to find a way to extend the handle. For instance, do you have a pipe or wrench that you can attached to the handle? If so, this will create a bit of extra leverage, which will usually be sufficient to open the door.

Should I use WD40 on my woodburner door?

We wouldn’t recommend using WD40 or other oil-based lubricants because the door is likely to be stuck further on into the stove where the catch operates at the back of the door frame, so it is unlikely to solve the problem and might cause damage to the finish and paintwork of your stove.

Why is my door stuck in the first place?

If you know that your door has previously worked correctly, the most likely explanation is that some soot, tar or other kind of residue has settled around the catch and caused it to stick.

How can I stop my woodburner door getting stuck in future?

Once you get the door open, rub down the catch and the section of the door frame where the catch operates with a bit of sandpaper. This should remove whatever has been causing the problem and prevent it happening again.

Burning the fuels recommended by the stove manufacturer and only burning wood that has been fully seasoned will also help to limit the amount of soot and tar being generated by your appliance.

Likewise, ensuring it is operating well so that the smoke is pulled up the chimney and doesn’t have the chance to settle and solidify within the stove system will help to avoid problems in future.

17 thoughts on “My woodburner door is stuck

    • We won’t ask, Robin! We can only suggest trying the tactics above and trying to scrape away any visible bits of glue. Good luck!

  1. Our handle moves as if to open but nothing happens and the handle appears lose as IF something has fallen from the back of it inside

    • Hi Rosina

      Sounds tricky. We can only suggest following the instructions above as if the door has seized and then inspecting once it’s open. Perhaps something is lodged in the catch and stopping it from working properly.



  2. The latch on the door is difficult to open and close when the fire is not on but is almost impossible to open/close when the fire is burning!

    • Hi Debbie

      It would be worth doing some investigations when the fire is not on. Perhaps something is causing the catch to stick.



  3. My door is stuck on wood burner, a log has rolled to the front straight up against the door and I can’t open it. Anything you can suggest?



    • Hi Helen

      Probably not anything you haven’t already thought of trying. Have you tried using something to extend the handle to see if that creates a bit more oomph to dislodge the log?



    • Hi Caz

      The ash pan has a separate door? Can you still get into the main firebox? If so, see if you can get to the catch for the ash pan door. It’s possible there is some soot or creosote built up that you’ll need to dislodge.



  4. Hi everyone
    our woodburner door got stuck and the eaisest thing we found was to take the door off the hinges we used just a screwdriver to knock the hinges up to release them. then the door was easiser to manover to release the stuck handle.

  5. My Nordic woodburning stove door is getting stuck when the stove is hot.
    I have replaced gaskets inside the door recently hoping this would solve the issue.
    It opens perfectly fine when cold though. Any ideas ??

    • Hi Andrew

      Check that there’s no debris built up around the door or within the mechanism. If there is, remove it.

      Failing that it might just be the metal expanding. Unless you’re currently operating the stove too hot (use a stove pipe thermometer to check) or the door isn’t fitted in the correct position, there’s probably not a great deal you can do.



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