All fuel is not equal and there a few key things to look for when selecting good quality wood or solid fuel. If you pick the right fuel you can benefit from a stove that will burn better, last longer and won't become a sooty mess.
It can often be tempting to throw some old wood from the garden on to the fire, but unseasoned wood can lead to a reduction in your stove's performance and even blackening of the glass.
The wood should have a moisture content of 20% or less and though you may not have a device to measure moisture to hand there are a few things to look out for. On a well seasoned log the bark will be beginning to lift and peel away and there should be deep cracks radiating out from the centre.
The logs should feel lighter than freshly cut wood and should sound hollow if you knock them together. If you notice fungus, moss, visible moisture or the logs are damp to the touch they have not been seasoned long enough.
Look for solid fuels which are approved for use with closed appliances and those carrying the Hetas logo.
Hetas approved solid mineral fuels have been tested on behalf of the producer to ensure good performance.
If an unsuitable fuel is chosen, the fire may be difficult to get going and burn badly with little flame showing. It can also dirty the firebricks and permanently blacken and stain the stove glass.
No matter how hard we try sometimes it seems impossible to keep our stove glass clean, clear and free of soot. We got in touch with the people at Yeoman and got some top tips.
Burn seasoned wood - properly seasoned wood will have been kept for a minimum of a year but it is best to be kept for two years before burning.
Ensure the stove isn't burning at too low a temperature - a good working temperature is from 120-250°C. A stove pipe thermometer will help to identify if this is your problem. If your stove has an airwash system, burn the stove with the airwash control fully open for around 20 minutes - this should solve the problem.
Problems with your flue - if the flue is not doing its job effectively and there is insufficient airpull, blackening of the glass can occur. This can be caused by the flue being too short, having a downdraft, needing to be lined or having too many bends.
There's nothing worse than fitting your new stove glass, lighting the fire and *pop* it cracks. It can be an all too easy mistake to make, so we've put together a few simple top tips for you to give your stove glass the best start in life.
Our top tips
Allow the glass at least 2mm room for expansion when you take measurements. If the glass fits tight when fitted into the opening, there's a very high chance that as the glass is heated and expands it will press against metalwork and crack.
Replace any seals or rope when changing the glass, the seals should be soft and squishy. They're in place to give the glass some cushioning so that it doesn't press against any hard fixtures or fittings.
Only tighten any fittings or clips finger tight. The glass can be held too tight and it won't allow for expansion, leading to cracking.
We can cut stove glass to any size you want click here
If you wish to cut a board down to the sizes you require, you will need:
Straight edge - a piece of wood or a metal rule will suffice
Suitable cutting tool - a knife or saw will suffice
How to cut down vermiculite board into bricks:
Lay out the vermiculite board on a flat surface
Measure out the length you need to cut and place the straight edge at this point.
If using a saw, mark along this point with a pen, remove the straight edge and cut along the marked line with a saw.
If using a knife, score the vermiculite using the straight edge to guide the knife at the point you wish to make the incision. Do this 3 or 4 times to ensure that a score line of 2-3mm or more deep is made into the board. Either place a piece of wood under the length of the cut or place the board onto a table so that the length of the cut is running parallel with the edge. Push down either side of the cut and apply pressure until the board breaks along the score line.
1. Make sure that your stove is cool and wear protective gloves
2. Using a dry use stove glass cleaner
Dry use stove glass pad's are exactly that, they are made of a fine wire wool and therefore they will simply rub off any debris from the glass with relative ease, we sell the award winning Trollull cleaners in our store click here.
3. Using a liquid cleaner
With a liquid cleaner, the glass has to be prepped (dist and debris have to be wiped from the glass). It must be noted to be cleaner is applied to the glass and left to soak. The glass then has to be wiped down with a sponge, the use of a liquid cleaner can lead to streaking on the glass.
The cleaner must not come into contact with the rope seal around the edge of the glass. If this does occur it would be advisable to replace the rope as soon as possible in order to ensure that the finish of the glass is not affected.