Wood Burning Stove Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance is essential to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your appliance. By using our services, we’ll ensure your stove or open fire is operating at optimum efficiency, heating your home effectively and saving you money on your energy bills.

Our comprehensive service involves safety checks to your stove, visible flue, chimney stack, your cowl, CO alarm and other supporting and integral parts of the installation such as guy wires, supports and closure plates where applicable. Furthermore your stove will be thoroughly cleaned, this means that we will dismantle the inside of your stove where possible, we will remove and clean the firebricks, baffle plate and ash pan if removable. so that we can access the body of your stove to clean it, ensuring that there are no waste products such as creosote building up and damaging your stove. We will advise you of any parts that need replacing, we can then fit these at a later date if you require, we also check all the seals and air controls to ensure everything is working correctly.

Maintenance Tips

Before the onset of winter and those cold nights, your appliance and chimney flue should be cleaned thoroughly and inspected. This is particularly important to do before the heavy use winter period. Allow your appliance to cool thoroughly before undertaking any maintenance to avoid risk of burns.

Always leave 25mm of ash at the base of your stove if burning wood, or if burning coal, regularly remove the ash, this will boost your stove’s efficiency. If your stove glass has sooted, you may not be burning your stove hot enough, or you may be burning wood that is too damp, it is advisable to clean the glass on a regular basis if this is occurring, whilst also working out why your glass is sooting up.

In addition to keeping your stove clean inside and outside, be sure to have it inspected and your chimney swept by a licensed professional at least once a year to make sure that everything is working perfectly. If there are any signs of damage such as cracks, leaks or warping, or if you have any problems with the stove, stop using your stove, call a professional and have it repaired.

Poorly maintained or blocked chimneys pose a serious safety risk because they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.

Outside the heating season, it is recommended to leave the air inlet or the door of the stove slightly open in order to prevent condensation build-up in the stove and chimney, this is also an ideal time to have your chimney swept and stove serviced.

Keep your stove working safely and effectively!

For a fixed annual price, we offer a comprehensive maintenance package and you will have the assurance of knowing that you will receive an excellent standard of service and knowledge from a professionally trained and qualified engineer.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.
Call us now on 01438 908444

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