A wood-burning stove can be a welcoming addition to your household – adding warmth to your living room, or cosiness to the bedroom – as a lasting centrepiece that will bring joy for decades to come.

Ensuring that your wood-burning stove remains in tip-top condition for as long as possible should be a high priority following your purchase. A good stove can last for generations when properly cared for, so it’s important to prolong its lifespan so as to get the best value for your money.

Here are our top tips for looking after your wood-burning fire in Birmingham:

Frequently Empty the Ash-Pan

It’s vital that you keep the levels of ash to a minimal pile within your pan, as they may otherwise rise up and come into contact with the lower parts of the grate. This may seem harmless, but can result in the grate’s structure warping and becoming misshapen due to the heat. Simply empty out the ashes from the stove after every use, or once a day if you use the wood-burning fire daily.

Keep the Glass Clear

Often, modern fireplaces are installed with air wash systems that keep your glass clean with inbuilt technology. However, if that isn’t the case for your particular model, or you own a wood-burning stove that has been around for quite some time, there are a number of methods you can adopt to keep it streak free.

The best materials to use when it comes to eradicating smudges from the glass panelling of your stove are newspaper and malt vinegar. Never use anything with any abrasive properties, as this could potentially do lasting damage to the glass, leaving it with unfixable scratches.

Keep an Eye Out for Rust

The likelihood of rust appearing on a modern stove when you’ve only recently purchased it is very slim, but if again – you are in possession of an older model – you may spot patches appearing as the years pass by. All you need to do is gently scrub at the patch with some wire wool and then apply some stove paint – back to normal!

Replace the Rope Seal Regularly

A very important piece of equipment that is often overlooked, the rope seal is a piece of a heat resistant material that wraps around the door of the fire to prevent extra air from getting into the stove – which can prove dangerous.

The rope can get squashed, but its quality can easily be tested by placing a piece of paper in the door and then pulling it out. If there is little resistance, the rope seal is no longer functioning adequately and ought to be replaced.

Sweep the Chimney

With the ever-present threat of creosote if you neglect your wood-burning stove, it’s important that you keep build-up to a minimum to stop it in its tracks. This is done by hiring a chimney sweep at least twice a year, who will clear out all the muck in the system and ensure that your fire runs safely.

As suppliers of wood-burning stoves in Birmingham for years, we understand the importance of properly caring for your purchase. To peruse our selection of high quality wood-burning fires or for any queries you may have, contact us today.