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Wood Stove and Chimney Inspections

It is strongly recommended to have wood stoves and chimneys inspected at least once each year by a professional stove dealer or chimney sweep. They should check for all signs of deterioration such as cracks, leaks, warping, baffle gaps, and creosote in the chimney. Chimney fires can be extremely devastating; getting regular inspections is a good way to reduce the risk of chimney fires and identify any existing problems. It is a good idea to get your wood stove and chimney inspected before the heating season begins so your stove will be in top working order for the cold months ahead.

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Wood Stove Baffle Replacement and Maintenance

Most non-catalytic wood stoves have baffles to promote complete combustion of creosote and extract every last ounce of heat from your firewood before sending the stove’s exhaust up the chimney. Constant exposure to very high temperatures and corrosive gases from the fire causes wood stove baffles to fail sooner or later. When then happens, you’ll have to take on the chore of wood stove baffle replacement.


Replace door gaskets and other seals:

These gaskets and seals are used by the appliance designer to control the location and flow rates of air into the appliance. Leaky seals will reduce the efficiency of the unit. Some gaskets may need replacement as often as once per year, and others may be fine for several years of use. All gaskets and seals should be checked at least once per year during a thorough maintenance check and perhaps once during the heating season.


Maintaining door glass:

The door glass in modern wood burners is not glass at all, but a transparent ceramic material that can withstand very high temperatures. It is very unlikely that the 'glass' will break because of heat, but if it is struck with a hard object, it will break. Always go back to the store where you bought the appliance or to its manufacturer for replacement glass so you are sure to get the right size, shape and material. This ceramic glass will need cleaning at least every week or two. Wait until the appliance has cooled before cleaning the glass. Usually, a damp cloth or paper towel will remove the ash dust or light brown stains. For darker more stubborn stains, you can buy special stove glass cleaner that removes the stains easily and does not scratch the surface. Don't forget to replace the door glass gasket if it gets worn.