Step 5: Rub Ash Onto the Glass

Keep rubbing, adding more ash and turning the rag over until the burnt-on dirt is gone.
<p>To keep the glass cleaner, what you can do is burn a better type of wood. The harder the wood, and the drier it is (longer time for maturing), the cleaner your glass will stay. Also a good fresh air intake will help. Choke the fire and you will almost instantly get black deposits on your glass.</p><p>Remember also that if your glass gets dirty quickly, the chimney will be the same. That builds up and will eventually becomes a risk. If you insist on burning soft woods or damp woods, you need to sweep your chimney more often as well.</p><p>Burning in a Jotul F100 for over a month now and we haven't cleaned the glass yet. It has a brown haze on it but nothing that takes visibility away, yet. We burn eco-briquettes, softwoods as well as hardwoods and sometimes a bit of fresh wood as well. When we start to see a black deposit, we increase the air flow and throw on an eco-brick and it slowly burns off again.</p><p>Will try the newspaper with ash tonight and see how that works. Clean glass is still better than a slight brown haze :-)</p>
<p>True, dry hard wood is the best. For truly dry wood it needs to dry for a year per inch plus a year for good measure. We don't burn wood for about two years but don't want to store for four to six years. We never choke the fire, preferring to let it go out over night. I think you'll like getting rid of the brown haze on your glass.</p>
<p>I am sure I will but I have to wait till the weekend for it not to be hot at bight when I come out of work :-)</p><p>Our wood is not that old to be honest, I would say about one year max.</p><p>I will post pictures like you did, before and after. Saturday morning is the day.</p>
<p>could not wait.</p>
<p>And something else I noticed this morning. Every day you will find small areas of deposits on the window. When you light a new fire in the morning, before you put your crinkled up newspaper inside, use it to wipe the window. Dry as it is, it still removes the film from the window. It takes 5 seconds and after that you just burn the newspaper with your kindling.</p><p>Job done and never have to worry about dirty glass anymore. </p><p>Definitely looks better without a brown haze :-)</p>
<p>Giving a quick wipe down with dry newspaper before lighting the fire is a great idea. You don't even need to sit on the floor to do that! Thanks for the tip and photos.</p>
<p>YES, quarter of Tshirt, one page under door, one page to clean. 2 china dishes, one ash, one water. Rubbed with wet ashy rag - two minutes (never been cleaned, completely black) , wiped with page . BRILLIANT and not really work at all ,.,, THANKYOU. </p>
Thank you, I'm glad you found it so easy.
<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Thanks for this instructible.</p>
<p>Thanks for the tips, yes newspaper works well. I'll look into the salt too.</p>
<p>Hi Jon, I'm glad you found this before buying a chemical product. This is easy and free, what could be better?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>Glad you found the instructable useful. It's easy, non-toxic and free&mdash;a winning combination.</p>
<p>Hi Sue,</p><p>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!</p>
<p>This is so easy &amp; cheap &amp; 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 &amp; then 3 or 4 hours later it needs done again </p>
<p>garogers, if the glass is not damaged, try bicarb mixed into a paste with water, but sounds like the heat has got in</p>
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!
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.
Thank you, that is high praise from a professional window cleaner.
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.
cool thanks<br>
Nicely broken down. I use this simple method too. <br>As for the &quot;The dirtier the glass is the longer it takes.&quot; 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).
What a wonderful, natural technique!

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