It’s winter, you’re curled up on the sofa with your pellet stove burning and flakes of snow falling outside the window. Life couldn’t be better.
However, just like all the other machines in the home, keeping your home hygge and cosy with a pellet or wood burning stove requires maintenance and TLC. Some tasks you can do yourself, but others are slightly more complicated and should be left to the professionals.
Cleaning your stove is essential but you can take simple steps regularly to maintain your stove to ensure that it won’t malfunction in the future. An owner can do about 90% of the necessary activities in terms of cleaning, but always make sure it’s carried out with the stove off and completely cold.
To clean and maintain your pellet or wood burning stove you should:
- Use a good ash vacuum to remove any residue that has accumulated in the burner, the burn pot/collection tray and surrounding areas. You should do this daily.
- Once a week, you should remove the moving parts of the burner, such as the burn pot and the back of the burner to eliminate residue.
- Some stoves have a flap that can be used to insert a brush to clean the air access channel.
- The fan itself can fill with a lot of dust and must be vacuumed blade by blade. In some models it is easily accessible, while in others it’s not and must be dismantled. In this case, you should hire a professional to dismantle the fan carefully.
What products can you use to clean pellet stoves?
The stove’s operating mechanisms can be accessed from the back. Cleaning the electrical contacts is a dirty job but an essential one. The pellet stove must be disconnected from the power supply to do this.
Top tip: We recommend you use WD-40® Specialist Electrical Contact Cleaner. The fast-acting formula is capable of effectively dissolving the grease, deposits, and condensation on electrical equipment. The product quickly penetrates the most difficult to reach areas, drying quickly and without residue. It restores electrical conductivity by eliminating the danger of short circuits. It’s a non-conducting formula with rapid evaporation is compatible with all metals, plastics and rubbers.