How to prepare for winter
It’s only 4 weeks till autumn and 8 weeks till winter and 117 days till Christmas. The cold weather will be on its way and it’s time to prepare your stove for winter.
Your chimney needs sweeping once a year to ensure it does not build up tar and creosote. Using Firemizer in your stove reduces the creosote in your chimney. The build-up of creosote will affect the efficiency of your stove and increases the risk of carbon monoxide going back into the room, especially with a blocked or a partially blocked flue.
Cleaning and maintenance
Check the glass of the stove door for any issues and now is a good time to clean it. You can clean the glass with wood ash and newspaper. Alternatively, there are stove glass cleaners available. Check out our blog on cleaning your fire!
While the stove is cold you can touch up any paint and check if there is any rust. Rust can cause problems on cast iron stoves. Rub away the rust with a wire brush or steel wool.
Check rope seal
A tight fit and solid seal are beneficial for the efficiency and safety of your stove. This will create a smoke seal and stop harmful carbon monoxide from entering your home.
The grates can get warn out by the high temperatures. A distorted or bad fitting grate can jam the stove.
Stock up on wood
Don’t be left out in the cold, stock up early on your fuel supply and make sure your wood is thoroughly dried and only contains 20% moisture as this could affect your stove efficiency.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Winter Pack, one Firemizer and 6 Firebuilders.