We've got a Stovax (Blenheim) wood burning stove which was rebuilt a
couple of years ago.
Whenever we use it the inside of the glass doors are covered in soot
within only a couple of hours use meaning you can't see the "romantic"
orange flames nor see when you need to put another log on it.
Most other people I know with wood burning stoves say they only need
to clean their glass every couple of months or so - not every day like
I've tried all type of wood (always seasoned) and kept the air vents
in the doors open (and tried them closed) but nothing seems to make
any difference. Could it be the chimney that's not drawing properly
which would cause this (although I have to say it appears to be
Any assistance or input greatfully received.
You say the stove has been rebuilt. Also, I cannot find any reference to a
Blenheim stove on the Stovax web site. I therefore suspect that the stove is
rather old in design.
Modern wood burning stoves have what is often called an "air wash" system.
The fumes are diverted within the stove to ensure better burning and
clean(ish) air passing across the inside of the glass, stopping a lot of the
It may be that the only thing you can do is change the stove. :-(
We have a Morso "squirrel" with the air wash system. Burning well
seasoned hardwood (24 hours a day) it gets totally blackened after
about a week. But when we are only burning it for an evening at a
time, the glass will still have some light brown soot deposits after a
night. Giving the store a really hot burn removes the majority of it.
Household ammonia works brilliantly at removing the soot (plus your
nasal hairs/mucous membranes), and for seriously recalcitrant
"creosote" patches, I've used a razor blade in a holder (designed for
removing paint from windows).
I read some literature on woodburners a little while back. Some claim to
specially designed airflow so that cool clean air is draughted over the
inside of the
glass so as to keep the soot off. Whether it works or not I don't know, but
Sovax make such a claim for your model?
I have certainly seen some stoves that do keep amazingly clean. Try
They do tend to look just a little mucky (a slightly whitish film on the
glass) when not fired up but come almost perfectly clean in use.
We have an AArow stove in the kitchen which behaves in a similar way. It
has an airwash system for inlet and I always buy well seasoned, dry wood
from our local supplier and mix it with my own wood which is at least
four years old. The glass still darkens overnight.
It's usually when the air inlets are closed to damp the stove down for
the night that the problem occurs and the glass can be cleaned simply by
letting the fire blaze up for a time so that it gets hot enough to burn
off the coating on the glass.
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On Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 9:19:59 AM UTC, Richard wrote:
Had one of these in our old house. Pre air wash design but if you let it g
et going by opening the air intake at the bottom the soot will burn off, bu
t it will be so warm that you can't get near it!! You won't be cold! If y
ou want to see the flames you can use them with the doors open.
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