Useful Tips on How to Keep Your Wood Burning Stove in Top Condition

cast iron stove with kettleIf properly operated and maintained, your wood burning stove will keep you warm for many years to come. Wood burning stoves are built to last and do not get damaged easily. They also do not require any special care to keep them in top condition. But there are a few things you should remember if you want to extend your stove’s lifespan. You are recommended to:

  • Burn only fully seasoned logs. If you want your wood burning stove to ‘live’ as long as possible, burn exclusively fully seasoned logs. They are not only more energy efficient than unseasoned wood but they are also ‘friendlier’ to your stove. Unseasoned logs are high in moisture content which can cause creosote and soot build-up, nuisance smoke and blackening of the glass as well as clog the flue system and cowl. Also, do not burn coal in your stove if it is not designed for multi fuel because it can cause damage to the stove. Never burn treated wood, plywood, chipboard, MDF and non-wood items. They can cause a permanent damage to your stove and release potentially toxic chemicals.

  • Clean your stove on a regular basis. There is not much work around wood burning stove but you are advised to keep it clean. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in regard to cleaning and maintenance chores such as regular removal of the ashes, occasional cleaning of the interior of the stove with a scraper or wire brush and routine cleaning of the glass.

  • Have your stove inspected by a professional once a year. While cleaning your stove, pay close attention to cracks, spots of rust and other unusual signs that may indicate a problem. But just in case, have your stove inspected by a professional at least once a year in order to make sure that it is in perfect condition and safe.

  • Have any problems repaired immediately. By postponing a repair, you are risking even more damage and subsequently even a costlier repair. Even worse, the stove may not be safe if there is a malfunction. For safety reasons, never attempt to repair your stove by yourself but call a licensed professional instead.

  • Have your chimney checked and swept at least once a year. Blocked chimney does not pose a risk of damage to the stove but it poses a serious risk of chimney fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. You are therefore highly recommended to have your chimney checked and swept by a chimney sweep at least once a year.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about proper operation and maintenance. Read the stove manual and follow the instructions carefully because each stove is a little bit different. If you do not take care of your stove according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and you face any problems in the near future, you can void the warranty.