How do you reseal the door on a woodstove? Last winter our furniture had
a thin layer of dust from smoke slowly escaping through the top of the
big door where you put the wood in. The bottom door still seals fine.
I'm not sure if the latch is worn down or if the lining material needs
to be replaced. If you tighten the top handle it starts to get tight but
just goes past where it's supposed to stop.
Most wood stoves have a gasket that will sometimes need to be replaced.
Often this is a "rope" type gasket. I would advise either going to a
good woodstove supplier near you, or even better an outlet that sells
the specific brand of woodstove you have. Generally you will need to use
some special adhesive to affix the gasket to the metal on the stove
door, and the dealer can sell you that.
Michael Shaffer wrote:
Look around where the stove and the door meet. One should have a braided
gasket material in it. After a time, it compresses and will no longer seal.
Simple job to replace in about a half hour.
Any stove dealer or well equipped hardware store carries the material. It
comes in rolls and you just cut off the length you need. It is held in with
a stove adhesive that can take the high temperatures.
Measure the opening of the groove that it sits in to be sure of getting the
correct size as thee are two or three common sizes that fit most stoves.
Pull out the old, clean the groove lay in some adhesive, then the gasket.
Let it set and they you are ready to go. Don't be alarmed if the door does
not shut easily. After a day or two the gasket will be compressed and it
will close better.
Place a dollar bill in the door opening and shut the door. Try to pull
the bill out. If it is snug, the door and gasket is ok. If it pulls
out easily, the door needs to be adjusted tighter, or the gasket needs
to be replaced.
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