Wood Stove Vacuum
While a wood stove is a really great way to heat one’s home, it can also be a messy one. Between the ash and smoke, the inside of your wood stove can experience a lot of build up. That build up can not only affect the performance of your stove, it can take years off the life of the system and also cause potential hazards if not maintained properly. That’s why it’s so important to clean your wood stove regularly.
Before cleaning your wood stove, you should first decide whether or not you think it’s worth it to have a professional do it for you. If you have the money, don’t want to be bothered or want to ensure it’s done right, there are many companies who will send professional cleaners to your home and take care of it for you. Keep in mind that when cleaning a wood stove, there are certain safety measures and precautions to adhere to. If you don’t want to take the chance, get someone else to do it.
If you decide to do it yourself make sure you understand the safety measures and sensitive parts of the stove before trying. You should be able to find proper cleaning guidelines in your user’s manual. You also want to make sure nothing you are doing will void any existing warranty.
Once you read your manual and have chosen the method you’ll use to clean your stove, make sure the stove if off and has fully cooled down. 24 hours is usually the suggested time to wait.
For cleaning the front door, you can wipe it with soft towels and a mix of ammonia and water. Dry off completely once it’s clean. Some use a method that involves raising the stove to extreme heats but there are many opposing views as to whether or not that is the best practice.
For removing ash, one of the easiest ways is to use a wood stove vacuum. A wood stove vacuum will remove all the ash without the messy complications of a brush or other less precise methods. Removing ash is extremely important to prevent creosote and tar build-up. However, if you have severe build-up in your stove, you may want to seriously consider a professional and their special tools to make sure the life of your stove is not in jeopardy.