Keep Your Stove Efficient & Safe
Check list: before the first burn of the season
- Chimneys should be swept at least once a year, depending on the type of fuel and how often the stove is used. All fuels will produce soot; soot is corrosive and the longer it is left to linger in the chimney/flue the more damage it will do. It is therefore advisable to have your chimney/flue swept once the stove begins it’s ‘summer break’, preventing any possible damage during this time.
- Fire needs fuel, ignition and oxygen to exist. Stoves are manufactured to ensure that the air control manages the flame safely. To ensure that no more air than is needed enters the fire chamber the rope seals surrounding the stove door(s) need to be checked. This is a simple task of shutting the door(s) onto a slip of paper (whilst the stove is cold) – if it pulls out easily the rope seal will need to be replaced.
- Finally, firebricks within the fire chamber prevent the metal casing of the stove from being damaged from the heat being produced by the fire. The firebricks should therefore be checked for cracks or excessive wear, where fuel has been burning against them and be replaced if necessary.
Should either the rope or firebricks need replacing, it is helpful to know the make, model and serial number of the stove. This will ensure that the correct parts will be obtained. Should a stove have been insitu when the house was purchased, a good quality photograph of the stove and measurements of the parts required will be helpful.
Both of our stores are able to provide spares on all stoves that we sell and our staff are happy to respond to questions relating to care and maintenance of stoves in general.
Please note that this simple check list will not only enhance the life of the stove and flue; it will also keep you safe.