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cleaning the glass on wood burners
Mon 15-Aug-11
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wave  Welcome Kat!  We'll need to know what the stuff is that you bring back from France - we are like that!

I'll try that again!

Tue 16-Aug-11
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Mer windscreen cleaner, from Halfords like most of their products does an excellent job apart from the scent .

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Every few months Lidl gets in stocks of oven cleaner for about £1 or so - I usually buy half a dozen of those and they last the year.  We've tried ash (scratched and could not remove the heavy gunk anyway) and even a special wood stove glass cleaner which was 3 times the price of oven cleaner and was completely rubbish. But the oven cleaner works great. Ran out of the other stuff and used Mr Muscle, that was fine too, but the Lidl stuff is by far cheaper. 

In winter when it's running full tilt theres not a problem as it burns itself clean again as has been said. We also dispose of a lot of cardboard and packaging etc (usually as free "firelighters"), which I think is part of the reason ours needs cleaning once a week at this time of year. In summer it only gets lit near bedtime to give us a tank of hot water for the next day.

 

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We just use a cream cleanser, not sure if I have already written that or not.

Thu 18-Aug-11
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I still go back to stainless steel cleaner...removes it in a tick...and doesn't scratch the glass ...eeekeeek

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I shall be trying some of these suggestions when we get ours going again this autumn

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Just been reading an article which says that cleaning windows (and glass windows on wood burners) with newspaper is not as effective as it used to be as paper print used to be kerosene based, but now is soy based generally, so it means you're smearing and oil based product on your glass.

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Going back to sources of free wood.  We have a friendly owner of a skip business living nearby.  His men sort out the contents of the skips at the yard.  Wood is separated out ready to send out of county for chipping/landfill.  This is a costly operation.  So we have come to an arrangement - we just call his office and a driver fills a skip with wood and delivers it to us on his way to a customer requiring an empty skip.  It's a win win situation.  Perhaps this could work for other Cottage Smallholder woodburner-owners?

Mon 14-Nov-11
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sounds like a great deal. Be careful though as if it not seasoned wood it could clog your chimney.

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Thanks for the warning.  However, we have been burning this type of wood for about 15 years with no mishaps.  We sweep the chimney about every 6 months to ensure it is kept free of soot.  The only drawback is the amount of nails that need picking out of the ash and the time it takes to cut and stack the wood but these are small prices to pay for free heating and hot water.

 

We have had to have a new woodburner this year as the integral boiler in our old Villager stove sprang a leak back in the summer.  We have had a new Stratford ecoboiler stove installed and the glass stays amazingly clean compared with the old Villager.  Like others, in the past, I had to use ovencleaner, Jif, etc  to remove the deposits on the glass.  The new stove has better selfcleaning airflow over the glass.  It does get slightly dirty as the fire dies down at night but the deposit is easily removed with scrunched up newspaper or one of the green scourers (dry) normally used to clean saucepans etc when washing up.

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I have a new villager in the lounge and that is fine with scrap wood that we have in abundance in the barns. It is I agree a pain picking out all the nails but worth it. The fire also keeps itself clean with the airwash system. My Esse is a different matter and only likes good seasoned wood, trial and error has taught us! It is all a steep learning curve!

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Aly said:

It is I agree a pain picking out all the nails but worth it. 

Are you supposed to remove the nails?  I have just had an old roof made into logs and I haven't bothered so far...they come out with the ashes....eeekeeek

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ep said:

Aly said:

It is I agree a pain picking out all the nails but worth it. 

Are you supposed to remove the nails?  I have just had an old roof made into logs and I haven't bothered so far...they come out with the ashes....eeekeeek

It's to keep OH"s from being lazy - nail picking = MANicure big_laugh

'Hob Brite " as used on modern cookers cleans the glass well !

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seth said:

It's to keep OH"s from being lazy - nail picking = MANicure big_laugh

 

Oh....should have known Seth.....big_laughbig_laugh

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sorry should have said....it's a pain picking hot nails out of the ashes! Also fun with the chain saw/table saw trying to avoid them when cutting them up

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