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Summer is the perfect time to sweep and service your stove ready for the chill in the air come September..

Happily, during this barmy summer weather its unlikley you’ll be needing to fire up your stove, it is however really important to leave it in a state that prevents condensation, and as a consequence corrosion. It’s ideal to take this opportunity to get your stove cleaned, serviced and ready for when the nights draw in.

It’s really important for the life of your stove that you have the stove and flue thoroughly swept out annually.

Makesure that all sooty deposits are removed from sitting on the top side of the baffle or throat plate. Remove all the loose parts in your stove and give the fire-box a good vacuum, check the condition of the firebricks and replace if they are broken or have cracks right through the brick. Hairline cracks are not a worry but you must keep an eye on them for deterioration.

Check that the door rope seals still provide and air tight seal; once all parts are back in place you can check this by closing the door, opening the vents and then holding a candle flame to the door edges and taking it around all sides.  If the flame is being sucked-in to the door it indicates that air is being drawn through the door seal and replacement rope is likely needed.

 Open all the vents while not in used during the warmer months maintaining ventilation in the flue system to prevent condensation which leads to erosion. Spraying the inside of the door and firebox with a light oil such as WD40 will also help to keep all internal parts working well while the appliance is not in use.

 

We talked to our sweep of choice Thomas from Stovely and he gave us his top tips for keeping your stove working well and being fire ready for Autumn. 

“When your chimney sweep arrives to do the annual liner sweep and stove service, it’s an opportunity for you to find out how you’ve been getting on with the logs you’ve been burning and if you’ve got the right balance of air intake from the moment of lighting the stove, running it at the best heat level and allowing it to die down correctly at the end of the day. This is especially useful after your stove’s first winter. 

We can tell a lot from the deposits we remove during the liner sweep. We’re looking for soot that looks like black powder paint to know that the logs you’re burning have the right minimummoisture content and that you’re lighting and running the stove using the air vents correctly to run a fire that is not roaring flames but also not so starved of air that the logs are ‘slumbering’ and not fully combusting. 

On the other hand, if what we see are shiny, crispy and shard-like deposits it is likely your logs have too high a moisture content or you’re consistently running the stove with insufficient air being allowed into the stove, both of which mean the stove cannot generate the amount of heat required to fully combust the logs. It is likely in this scenario that sticky tar deposits can be seen in the stove interior and on the inside of the door and glass.

Consistently running the stove like this not only creates a less pleasant looking door glass but can become a fire and carbon monoxide risk. It also means the liner will tarr up and the stove is producing and expelling dangerous particulates into the atmosphere. Your chimney sweep will be able to advise you and if necessary, check the moisture content of your logs.

As part of a full stove service your sweep will also check your stove for wear and tear and carry-out the replacement of bricks and rope seals as necessary. As Stovely works closely with customers of Manor House Stoves together we can usually identify any required stove parts – even on the really old model stoves! – and get them ordered, as well as providing an annual sweep and service reminder right from the time of installation. To enquire about a sweep and service or set up an annual reminder please contact me at thomas@stovely.co.uk 07870662341″