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Picture of Cleaning glass on a woodburner
Clean glass on a woodburner adds sparkle to your home. The flames (behind glass) are very lively and cheerful.
 
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Step 1: Dirty glass

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Glass on a woodburner gets dirty from burning wet wood or wood with a lot of resin in it. Gradually it gets so dirty it's not possible to see inside.

Step 2: The cleaning kit

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The cleaning kit is simple and cheap. The only item which needs to be purchased is the rubber glove.
A plastic bag stores the rubber glove.
A rag is ideal for the actual cleaning but folded up sheets of newspaper work, just not as well. These rags are used only once but one old T-shirt cleans a lot of glass.
Folded up sheets of newspaper wipe off the film.
One plastic container holds wet ash.
One holds clean water.
The bottom of a two litre or half gallon milk container is ideal.
Full size sheets of newspaper go on the floor under the open door.

Step 3: Wet the rag

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Wet the rag by dipping it into the clean water.

Step 4: The ash paste

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Dip the wet rag into the ash paste or into the ash in the firebox.

Step 5: Rub ash onto the glass

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Keep rubbing, adding more ash and turning the rag over until the burnt-on dirt is gone.

Step 6: Wipe off the film

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Wipe the film off with the folded up newspaper squares. Fold the square over and back on itself to expose clean sides. When too dirty or wet to clean use another piece of newspaper. I usually use three half sheets. If the film is stubborn you can dip the newspaper into water.

Step 7: The clean glass

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This photo was taken from the same position as the dirty glass in step number one. It took less than ten minutes to clean up. The dirtier the glass is the longer it takes.

Step 8: Finishing up

Roll up the top sheet of the newspaper that was protecting the floor with the rag and smaller pieces of newspaper. Throw away.
Fold up the rest of the newspaper and put out with your recycling.
Store the rubber glove in the plastic bag, and the two plastic containers until next time. I store mine under the washtub in the laundry because it is nearby.
womble esq4 months ago

garogers, if the glass is not damaged, try bicarb mixed into a paste with water, but sounds like the heat has got in

garogers1 year ago
Hi my problem is a white/greyish film like covering on my glass to date I've tired vinegar, lemon juice, CIF, oven cleaner, hob cleaner, wet ash, hot water, newspaper storax woodburner glass cleaner and nothing has worked I am still left with this white/greyish film any ideas would be so appreciated as pulling my hair out!
ClareBS (author)  garogers1 year ago
That must be frustrating, I don't know the answer but maybe someone does. As a last resort maybe you could get a new piece of glass installed. I had new gaskets put in so I know, at least on my woodburner, the glass comes out.
Brilliant
ClareBS (author)  RoyalWindowCleaners2 years ago
Thank you, that is high praise from a professional window cleaner.
gypsyvet2 years ago
I will try that. A friend said she thought it was something simple, but she couldn't remember what. We tried glass cleaner, baking soda, baking powder, nylon scrubber, but nothing worked. I will try the scraper. Thanks.
putipa2 years ago
cool thanks
dog_on_mars3 years ago
Nicely broken down. I use this simple method too.
As for the "The dirtier the glass is the longer it takes." it doesn't have to be that way... When I have very old and thick burns I usually remove with a window scraper (glass is harder so it causes no scratches and it goes off really fast).
Joe Martin4 years ago
What a wonderful, natural technique!