Servicing Your Stove

At the end of each heating season, as well having your chimney swept, your stove should undergo an annual service which will include stripping, inspecting and cleaning the appliance. Although this is best carried out for you by a HETAS registered engineer, you can do it yourself by following instructions provided, or I can carry out this service for you.

If you wish to undertake the service yourself, follow these instructions:

Annual Service for Woodburning/Multi Fuel Stoves

Servicing instructions for your particular appliance are given in your Installation and Users Instruction Manual. If you have mislaid this, then you may be able to download  a copy from the stove manufacturers website. The following information, however, is given as a general guide:

  • Allow the appliance to cool

  • Remove all the following internal parts – baffle, firebricks, grate and ashpan. Take care handling the bricks as they can become fragile after a period of use

  • Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance (caution: soot is carcinogenic)

  • Clean the internal surfaces using a wire brush and scraper as required. Vacuum outany resulting debris

  • Clean the grate and any grate parts with a wire brush and check for any damage, replace any damaged parts

  • Clean the firebricks with a soft brush, check the bricks and although some surface wear and tear will occur with use, damaged or broken bricks should be replaced

  • Re-fit all cleaned internal parts and replacement parts

  • Remove the glass from the door and discard old or worn rope seal

  • Clean old glue from the groove which held the rope seal

  • Replace the rope seal, gluing into place with a thermic seal adhesive, and re-fit the glass

  • Lightly oil the door catch mechanism and hinge pins

  • To refresh the exterior look of your stove or fire, aerosol paint or colloidal black cleaner is available for most painted finishes. Enamelled surfaces should only be cleaned with a lightly dampened, soft cloth only.