First and foremost it is important to get a chimney sweep booked in before you plan on using your burner. This ensure that the internal parts that you cant see are all cared for and any repairs can be made before you need to use it. A good rule of thumb is getting a chimney sweep in at least once a year.
Cleaning the exterior of your stove
Cleaning the exterior of your burner is relatively easy and only requires a dry cloth, vacuum cleaner and the soft brush attachment. These 3 tools can be used gently to clean any debris or dust that has accumulated on the exterior of the burner.
Cleaning the glass
By burning good quality kiln-dried logs, with a moisture content below 20%, your burner glass should stay relatively clean. Occasionally soot will build up on the glass of your burner, but it can be easily removed. To remove the soot, use a damp cloth or a scrunched up piece of newspaper and dip it in the remnants of the cold ash, be careful not to use any large pieces of ash as this may scratch the glass on your burner. Using the cloth or newspaper, gently rub this on the blackened glass to remove the soot. Wipe away any excess residue using a clean damp cloth. There are also many wood burner glass cleaning products on the market that can be purchased to help make the process even easier.
Checking the seals
Inspecting the door seals on your burner is good practice when carrying out maintenance on your stove. Making sure that the door seals are not perished and if they are replacing them, maintains the air tight seal in your burner and allows for a more efficient and effective burn.
Emptying the ash pan
Regularly emptying the ashes in your burner allows for better air flow and more efficient burning. To do this, wear protective gloves and have a metal bucket or suitable container to shovel them into. Ensure the ashes are fully cold before emptying the ash pan and dispose of the ashes outside. Never keep ashes inside your home after emptying your burner, as they can have the potential to emit CO, a poisonous, odourless, colourless gas. Homeowners with wood burning stoves should have a CO (carbon monoxide) alarm fitted in their home.