How to Clean Camping Stoves, Fireplace or Wood Stove Glass

How to Clean Camping Stoves, Fireplace or Wood Stove Glass

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It's hard to enjoy the comfort and usefulness of your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove if it's not in good working order, which includes clean glass. Cleaning the glass on a camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove can require a lot of scrubbing and elbow grease, depending on how thick the soot is. It will be easier to clean the glass if you maintain it properly and take steps to prevent the glass from getting dirty. You can also help keep the glass clear by practicing good fire-burning habits, and this will reduce the amount of time you have to spend cleaning the glass.


Part1 Cleaning Soot and Stains from the Glass

1 Clean the glass once a week during consistent use. If you are using your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove most days, then you should clean the glass once a week to maintain it. Using poor, unseasoned, damp, or soft wood could require an extra cleaning, however, because they cause soot to build up faster.

·If you are not using your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove often, then you may be able to go longer between cleanings.

2 Burn hot fires to remove black stains. Stubborn black soot stains that bake onto camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass can be very difficult to remove. But hot fires will help loosen the stains from the glass and make them easier to remove with cleaning

·Before cleaning your glass, burn one or two hot fires in your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove to loosen up the soot and dirt that’s built up on the glass.

·Alternatively, you could burn a creosote removal product or add a few big spoonfuls of 'Red Devil Lye' to the fire box to help soften and reduce the buildup.

3 Let the glass cool. You should never try to clean a camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove when it’s hot, and this applies to the glass as well. You could burn yourself or crack the glass if you're not careful.

·To be safe, let the camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove cool for at least 6 to 8 hours before trying to clean it. If you can, wait a couple of days. You should check the temperature before trying to touch it.

4 Wipe away haze buildup. For camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass that’s relatively clean and well-maintained, you may just have to wipe away a thin layer of haze from the glass. Soak a microfiber cloth or paper towel with water. Wring out the excess, and wipe the inside of the glass with the damp cloth.

·You could also use old newspaper for the first wipe down to clear away some of the haze.

·Make sure to wear gloves while you clean the stove, whether they are reusable or disposable.

·This will be sufficient to remove the white or grayish haze that can build up on glass from the heat, smoke, and ash.

·If your glass is still dirty after a quick wipe, continue with the cleaning process.

5 Remove dirt and soot buildup with ashes. Take some fine white ashes from the camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove. Place the ashes into a bowl and add a few drops of water. Stir the ash and water mixture into a paste, adding more water if necessary. Dip a microfiber cloth into the ash paste and scrub the glass in a circular motion.

·Add more ash paste to the cloth as necessary, and keep rubbing until you’ve removed the soot.

·Rinse the cloth with water, wring it out, and wipe the glass with the clean cloth.

·You can also use newspaper to clean the glass instead of a cloth.

·Wood ashes have a high pH and contain calcium carbonate, which is why they're so great for cleaning soot from glass.

6 Remove brown stains with cleaner. Brown stains sometimes build up on the glass because of the carbon in the fire. To remove stubborn brown stains, spray camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass cleaner on the window and let it sit for 30 minutes. After soaking, wipe the glass with a damp microfiber cloth to remove stains and excess cleaner.

·You can also use this cleaner and the same method to clean the outside of the glass if it’s dirty.

·Avoid ammonia-based cleaners on camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass. These can leave rainbow streaks on the glass, and many glass manufacturers don’t recommend using them.


Part2 Keeping the Glass Clear

List of Items you'll need: Newspaper, Fireplace ashes, glass cleaner, paper towels, water, vinegar and silicone

1 Clean the glass regularly. The easiest way to maintain the glass in your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove is to clean it regularly so that deep cleaning isn't necessary.

The products of Firefinder and Focuscamp are made with an air-wash system which helps keep the glass clean while you’re burning wood.

A good air-wash system should keep glass clear for weeks of full time use.

Contact us for the wood stoves and camping stoves with good air-wash system.

If your glass does need a clean, you can use stove glass cleaner or, if you burn just wood, get a damp newspaper and dip it in the wood ash to clean the glass.

2 Remove streaks with water and vinegar. Sometimes cleaning agents and ash paste can leave streaks on your glass that make it difficult to see the fire. To remove this, mix one part vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the glass and wipe the glass with a dry microfiber cloth until the glass is dry.

·Clean the inside and the outside of the glass in this way to remove streaks and make the glass clear and spotless.

3 Apply glass cleaner with silicone. Glass cleaners that contain silicone will leave a layer on the glass. This layer will protect the glass from dirt and soot buildup, meaning you won’t have to clean the glass as often, and cleaning will be easier.

·Before applying any cleaner that isn't made specifically for wood stoves or fireplaces, read the instructions to make sure it’s heat- and fire-safe.

4 Don’t scrape the glass. Scraping the glass with a razor blade or other sharp implement may help to remove soot and buildup from camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass, but it’s more likely to scratch or gouge the glass. Modern camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove glass is actually a ceramic glass, and it’s much softer than regular glass.

·Scratches in the glass will make the fire harder to see, and will provide small crevasses for soot and dirt to hide.


Part3 Burning Clean Fires

1 Keep air vents clear. Clean fires will produce less smoke and lead to less soot buildup, which is why clean fires are important for keeping the glass clean. Fire needs oxygen to burn, so you must make sure the air vents in your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove are open and clear when you're burning fires.

·Don’t let fuel block the air intake vents.

·Clean the ashes out regularly to keep the intakes clear.

·Make sure the air intakes are all open when you start a fire, and keep them fully open until the fire is established.

·Check that the dampers and vents are working correctly.

·Make sure the flue, chimney, and/or stovepipe are clean and clear. We advise you to sweep your chimney at least once a year. Cleaning out your chimney makes sure your flue pipe or chimney is kept clear & safe.

2 Burn seasoned hardwood only. If you burn quality fuel throughout the heating season it will make your life easier when it comes to cleaning it out. Avoid burning damp or treated wood, as these can cause tar condensation and leave black marks on your stove glass. This will produce the hottest fire, will ensure all the fuel burns, and will help prevent smoke or soot. To prevent smoke, soot, and creosote buildup, never burn:

·Wet or damp wood


·Treated wood


·Large amounts of paper

3 Avoid burning certain softwoods. Softwoods tend to contain more resin than hardwoods, so they can lead to more smoke, soot, and creosote. Pine and birch especially contain a lot of resin that can leave soot on the glass, so you should never burn these in your camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove.

·Softwood is wood that comes from coniferous trees, and hardwood comes from deciduous trees.

4 Don’t let fires smoulder. Smouldering will occur if the fire isn't getting enough air, if the fuel is wet, or if you put too much fuel on at once. Smouldering means the wood isn't burning properly, and this will create soot on the glass and creosote in the chimney. To avoid a smouldering fire:

·Make sure the fire gets enough air, and open the intakes more if necessary

·Don’t pack the camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove full of logs that can smother the flames

·Add four to five pieces of fuel at a time

·Never burn wet fuel

5 Don’t let fuel touch the glass. When fuel touches the glass, the flames will be right against the glass. This will create difficult-to-remove black stains. To avoid this, don’t overload the camping stoves, fireplace or wood stove, and build your fire so the fuel is a safe distance from the glass.

6 Perform a stove mot. Check over your entire stove particularly the internal parts. Inspect all the seals and replace the seals between the door and glass. Make sure the riddling grates moves freely and check grate bars for any damage. While looking over the stove door, check the hinges are working and look for any cracks in the glass.

·To ensure perfect wood burning conditions, it’s vital to look after the inside of your stove and wire brushes are the top tip for getting the tricky areas.

·Remember to clean the roof but leave a layer of ashes on the bottom of the stove, as this helps to insulate and protect from the burning heat.

·Use some elbow grease to give the outside of your stove a good clean using a lint free cloth or shoe brush, to wipe away any soot or dust.

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