5 Ways To Increase The Durability & Efficiency Of Your Stove

Whether you’ve had a wood burning stove for years, or whether you’ve recently purchased your first one, it’s never too late  - or early - to put practices in place  increase the efficiency of your stove.
The better you look after your stove, the better it will look after you! Taking small steps to maintain your stove means it will last longer and do a better job at keeping your home heated during the cold winter months.

1.    Cleaning your stove
Ultimately, a regularly cleaned stove will burn more efficiently, be safer to operate and have a longer lifespan. How often you clean your wood burning stove is dependant on how often you use it, but generally speaking, it should be somewhere between every two weeks to once a month.
Emptying the ash pan regularly is extremely important too,but it is recommended that you leave a thin layer of ash, which can help the fuel to burn better.
To find out how to clean your stove properly, read our blogpost here.
2.    Conduct regular checks
It’s vitally important that you check your stove a few times a year for signs of rust, cracks or gaps. Ideally, as soon as they are spotted, you should address the issue.
If you don’t feel confident enough to repair the cracks or gaps yourself, contact your nearest stove maintenance & repair shop to arrange an appointment. Most issues are easily rectified and repaired without costing too much money, or worst of all, without you needing to buy a completely new stove.
3.    Chimney sweep & service
A good chimney sweep is essential to maintaining the efficient and safe operation of all solid fuel burning heating and cooking appliances.HETAS recommends that at least once a year, a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep should carry out a chimney sweep on your stove.
Our chimney sweep engineers are trained to identify and repair hazards, along with thorough maintenance of the stove. Several sweeps offer more complex repairs such as flue repair and relining, crown repair, tuck-pointing or rebuilding of masonry chimneys.
4.    Leave the air vents open when out of use
During the summer months, or milder weeks, or whenever your stove is out of use for a few days, leave the air vents open. This helps prevent corrosion because it allows air to flow through the system and remaining smoke to escape, but prevents ash being blown around if there is a strong wind.
5.    Prevent low-burning or over-firing stove temperatures
The best thing for your stove is to obtain a good regular fire going as fast as possible. It is harmful to the stove to burn at higher temperatures than recommended by the producer.
In addition, burning low-heat fires is not advised either.This is due to the fact that combustion isn’t complete until the fire is at a particular temperature, therefore the levels of creosote will be increased.
Always refer to the stove’s instruction manual to check the appropriate temperatures for your particular stove.

 So, these are GSG Chimney and Stove Specialists’s top tips for maintaining a safe and efficient stove, whilst increasing the durability.
If you have any questions, or would like to book your stove in for a Service & Sweep please call 01483 209 363 or contact us via this form.