Give your stove a good clean before you give it a rest for the summer. Ashes can be corrosive if they’re allowed to sit, so you will want to ensure that you’ve got rid of them all before your stove is out of use for any extended period.
Get your chimney swept
No doubt your woodburner and flue system have taken a lot of punishment over the winter months. Remove corrosive soot and creosote from the system and ensure that your stove is ready for action as soon as the temperatures drop by calling upon the services of a chimney sweep.
Check for rust
If there are any signs of rust on your stove, it’s not going to get any better with time so it is best to stop the problem at this stage. A bit of wire wool and some stove paint will have your appliance looking as good as new.
Check your parts
You’ll also need to give your stove a once-over MOT to check for any other problems. Things to look for include gaps between the panels, a warped or damaged grate, holes in your baffle, cracked glass and damaged rope. Follow this guide to performing a check-up on your wood-burning stove.
Leave the door ajar
During the summer months it is best to leave the stove door slightly ajar. This ensures air flow and ventilation to the stove system, which helps to prevent corrosion.
Follow those tips and your wood-burning stove should be in prime condition when you next need it.
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