Fast FREE Effective Wood Stove Glass Cleaner

Introduction: Fast FREE Effective Wood Stove Glass Cleaner

Dirty to Clean, fast and free.

Tools:

  • Newspaper
  • Ashes

No Chemicals Purchased.

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Step 1: 15 Second Clean

Caution: Glass needs to be at room temperature. Cold water and hot glass is a recipe for disaster. Please do not shatter the tempered wood stove glass turning a free method into an expensive one.

Lay open newspaper under the glass to catch any soot or drips.

Crinkle another piece of newspaper in your hand, and

Quickly dunk about one-third of the crinkled newspaper in water.

Dip in the damp newspaper in white ashes from the bottom of the wood stove, and

Rub on the glass.

Step 2: Looks Worse Before Better.

Rub all over softening the haze, add a little scrubbing action in the corners.

Dip for more ashes if needed.

Rotate the newspaper to a damp clean part cleaning off some of the haze, and finish with a dry part of the crinkled newspaper.

Viola!

Step 3: Before & After

Before & After.

Ahhh, nothing like the warm glow of a hot fire on a snowy winter's day!

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    6 Discussions

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    bwittle-gaylor
    bwittle-gaylor

    2 years ago

    Suggestions for a coal stove glass cleaner??

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    ideatrunk
    ideatrunk

    Reply 2 years ago

    Have you tried this method? It works for a variety of woods and hardwoods, and for haze to dark pitch resin. Try using this method in combination with a razor blade scraper. Use a new razor blade because burrs or even corners of the blade can scratch glass. I don't know about scratching tempered glass, but razor blades can definitely scratch window glass; it's a rookie house painter mistake.

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    bwittle-gaylor
    bwittle-gaylor

    Reply 2 years ago

    I have not tried this method because my coal stove does not produce the same kind of fine ash that a wood stove does...I might be able to use the fine coal ash that is left in the stove but it might be to "gritty"..

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    ideatrunk
    ideatrunk

    Reply 2 years ago

    I believe the reason this glass cleaner works it because wood ashes and water make lye, a strong alkali. Coal ashes do not appear to make lye, so forgive my suggestion. A better option is to save campfire ashes or a neighbor's wood ashes in a pail for later use. Hardwood might make a stronger alkali.

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    TheGoodLife
    TheGoodLife

    2 years ago

    I don't have a viola. Would a violin or cello do? What would I do with it, chop it up and burn it in the stove?

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    ideatrunk
    ideatrunk

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hahaha, err, Voila! So much for adding string theory to a cleaning Instructables.