Having a stove in your house has many great benefits. Not only are they cost efficient they are also a modern and stylish feature to a room. However, stoves can get dirty, mainly due to soot on the glass. So how do you stop the soot blackened layer on your glass?
Burn the Right Fuels
If you don’t burn the right fuels then you are going to see a soot layer on your glass. Wrong fuels to burn are house coal and damp or unseasoned (green) wood. Most stove manufacturers would advise you about not using these fuels and to avoid at all times.
Probably the most common cause for glass to go black is using unseasoned wood on your log woodburner. It’s recommended to use wood that has been cut, chopped and out in the air for at least a year. The reason for this is that there is less moisture in the wood. When burning unseasoned wood the energy is being used to evaporate the wood moisture rather than burning the wood. This creates excessive smoke which then settles on the stove glass.
Don’t Let Fuel Touch the Glass
Overloading the wood burner with fuel to the point that the fuel is touching the glass can result in some areas of the glass blackening. It won’t cover the entire stove glass but will cover some parts. When adding fuel, make sure you are carefully judging the amount of fuel going into your log woodburner.
Use the Airwash System Correctly
The majority of stoves will be built with an airwash system. This helps avoid soot and dirt settling on to the glass. Your airwash system might not be working properly because you might be using it incorrectly. An airwash system works correctly by using the top vent of the stove to force a layer of air towards the glass. This is then washed and reduces the dirt and soot landing onto the glass. If you don’t use the airwash system you face having a blackened glass. Your airwash system might not function properly due to not burning a high temperature in your stove. You could be burning a very small fire in a very large stove, for example. The problem with this is that the stove isn’t hot enough and the airwash won’t function properly. Ideally, it is recommended to keep your airwash vent open. This will help keep your stove glass clean from soot and dirt.
Don’t Worry About It
Our final piece of advice is to not worry about it. It’s actually okay to see black deposits on your glass stove so don’t get too downhearted when you have gone through our list and still see soot and dirt. This might appear once the fire goes down and the airwash cycle has failed. You will probably see it the day after you have used it. But don’t worry it will be easy to wipe off. To easily clean stove glass, follow our cleaning guide.