Fitting a wood-burning stove back in the summer of 2015 still remains one of our greatest renovation triumphs. Although I think everything we do to the house is pretty great, being warm and cosy makes me so happy. It’s no secret that autumn and winter are not my favourite seasons. But I do look forward to curling up on damp afternoons in front of a film or just being mesmerised by flickering flames.
So far, the stove is doing a great job of taking care of itself. We have the HETA Inspire 45, a sleek, modern design which also has some kind of amazing self-clean facility inside. This means that no matter how much we use it, the inside looks soot-free. Don’t ask me how that’s possible but there it is.
Despite how self-sufficient it is, there are a few little tips and tricks I love to keep it look in top condition, especially in between seasons so here they are in case you find them useful:
1) An annual coat of paint. Traditionally I think this was known as ‘blacking’ but I’m not entirely sure what products would have been used in times gone by. I’ve used Stovax Thermolac Brush On Paint twice now, once last summer and again this year. It’s super easy to apply and dries very quickly to give the outside of the stove that brand new look. The pot is quite small but a little goes a long way.
2) Cleaning the glass with ash. I’ve written about this amazing home cleaning hack before but it’s so good I thought I’d include it again. To get the glass sparkly new without spending a penny, you just need newspaper or kitchen roll and water! Take a little bit of newspaper, dip it in water and then in the leftover ash from a previous fire to gently buff the glass. Honestly, no amount of expensive or specialist glass cleaner will do a better job. Lins’ top tip right there.
3) Cleaning the hearth with baby oil. Now this may not be relevant depending on what your hearth is made of. We have a single piece of black slate. More often than not it looks quite dusty but giving it a quick vacuum and then rubbing in some baby oil with a bit of kitchen roll makes it look just like new.
What do you think? The above picture shows our stove after two full winters of almost daily use, after I’ve cleaned it up at the weekend ready for this season. Almost as good as a new pin.
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What are your best cleaning tips? I need all the help I can get.