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Clean glass on a woodburner adds sparkle to your home. The flames (behind glass) are very lively and cheerful.
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. ...
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 i...
Wet the rag by dipping it into the clean water.
Dip the wet rag into the ash paste or into the ash in the firebox.
Keep rubbing, adding more ash and turning the rag over until the burnt-on dirt is gone.
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 ...
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...
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...
Now you can enjoy the cheerful flames for awhile until it is time to clean the glass again. It doesn't take long, can be done when there is still some...
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I don't use a rag, just newspaper -- crinkle it up, dip it in some hot or warm water, dip it in some ash that's already in the fireplace, and then start scrubbing and change out the newspaper when I need to. Follow-up with newspaper and clean water and then dry newspaper to finish it off. Whatever newspaper I've used for this job then gets thrown in my inside woodpile to use as starting fuel after it's dry.
I've learned that burning hardwoods (instead of woods like pine) will keep the glass (and chimney/insert) from getting so grimy. And although I've heard different stories, a cup of salt thrown in on the flame for every 8 hours of burning also helps, at least at my house.
Thanks for this instructible.
Thanks for the tips, yes newspaper works well. I'll look into the salt too.
Hi Jon, I'm glad you found this before buying a chemical product. This is easy and free, what could be better?
Brilliant. We've had a woodburner for a week and the glass was already dirty. I was just about to go out and buy some glass cleaner from our local wood burner shop and thought I'd just look on google before I went. I'm glad I did! This technique has worked perfectly. Thank you for putting it online.
All I can say is ... wow! This is so useful. I just tried it on our (2-week-old) woodburner, which was already really dirty, and it worked like magic! I'm so glad I don't have to use toxic oven cleaners, which the stove manufacturer recommends. Thanks so much for this!
Glad you found the instructable useful. It's easy, non-toxic and free—a winning combination.
It is a pain to clean often. I clean when I get really frustrated, every 3 to 7 days. If anyone has a tip on keeping the glass clean I'd love to hear it!
This is so easy & cheap & it really works in no time at all! i do it all the time now....but...is there any way to keep the glass clean longer? Even tho this is easy, it's still a pain in the butt to clean it & then 3 or 4 hours later it needs done again
garogers, if the glass is not damaged, try bicarb mixed into a paste with water, but sounds like the heat has got in
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