I bought a house with a 5 year old Quadrafire 3100 wood stove. The glass is
badly pitted, it's like wax paper. I'm replacing it (to the tune of about
$180 or so). How can I keep this from happening again? Is it just a cost of
running a wood stove with glass in the door, you have to replace the glass
every couple of years?
Your stove just had cheap glass. Pyrex or other glasses will not stand
up in wood stove use. You need to buy custom high temperature panels,
which are expensive but will last forever. Neoceram or Robax are a
couple of brand names. They are marketed as "stove glass", but are
actually transparent ceramics.
HEARTH & GRILL CONDITIONING GLASS CLEANER - Item # 84 - Safe Non-Acidic
Look for it in stove shops and hardware stores. NEVER use Windex or regular
I"ll have to look for that. The current glass is pretty badly clouded. I
even tried scraping it with a razor blade. Cleaners. Steel wool. Even a shot
of carb cleaner. Nothing made any difference. It's not carbon or creosote
buildup, that stuff came off pretty easily. I talked to the manufacturer,
and they and the wood stove place down the street both say it's not uncommon
for the glass surface to pit over time so that it takes on the appearance of
waxed paper. Wood ash is caustic, and I understand that they can etch the
glass if the glass isn't kept clean.
I'm wondering if something like this can be avoided by just keeping the
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