Caring and maintaining your Wood Burning Stove
For a Wood Burning Stove to function effectively, it is vital that one takes care of it. This is critical as it will boost it functioning and ensure safety. One way of taking care of your stove is using the services of a certified installer to carry out conventional repairs on a day to day routine. This may however, not be the case as these professionals may be expensive or hard to get given your environs. Below are some of the guidelines that can help you maintain your stove.
Chimneys have a tendency of building up tar deposits, which can cause fire break-outs. It is thus essential to ensure that you sweep your chimney at least once a year. You can also prevent tar deposits from building up by ensuring that the chimney is well lined. The lining should preferable be made using corrugated stainless steel or pumice. If the chimney is not lined, then a ventilation shaft ought to be put into place and material such as lica should seal the gap found between the shaft and the chimney for insulation. This ensures that the discharged gases stay hot till the time they are released thus preventing the formation of tar. Ensure also that the chimney is not leaking by using smoke pellets.
To further reduce the formation of tar, the wood to be used must be totally dried up having been dried preferably for a period of over one year. The chimney should be protected from getting wet more so from the rain water which posses a great threat. To avoid this, ensure the rain cap is not broken. The cap is also important as it prevents the chimney from other particles and objects falling from above.
Tar formation is not exclusive to the chimney but also is a threat to the flue. It is thus advisable that you take care of the deposits as in the case of the chimney. It is also beneficial if there are no open spaces between the various pieces of the flue pipe.
Seals should be put on the door to the wooden stove. The stove will function more effectively if the door is airtight. Fitting the right size of the door seals and cementing them in place ensure that there is no leakage. It is essential that you confirm with an expert concerning the door seals and the suitable cement to use.
Paint and Enamel
Paint that can withstand high temperatures is the most suitable to use to a wood burning stove. The paint helps enhance the outer appearance of the stove. Ensure areas that are not to be painted are covered up. For a factory enameled stove, an enamel filler kit should be used. The paint and the enamel should be obtained from a stove specialist.
Firebricks may become destroyed prompting their replacement. It is important that similar firebricks are used.
The fire grate is the surface upon which the wood is placed for lighting. It lies at the bottom of the firebox. The grate is thus, subjected to very intense heat which can damage it. It should thus be replaced every time it is damaged. The new grate should be tested to ensure it perfectly fits onto the stove.
Baffles plates made from steel cast iron or ceramic are an essential part of the wood burning stove placed inside the firebox. They are subjected to intense heat from the flames thus are in danger of being worn out. It is necessary to replace them with fresh plates obtained from qualified persons.
Based on above facts, it can be concluded that carrying out regular checkups on your stove will give it a longer live. Obtaining spare parts and advice from professionals regarding stoves such as the manufacturers will help in boosting its efficiency. Also, ensure the stove has cooled down before making any repairs.