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Cleaning hot door glass

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by wahoowad, Feb 25, 2007.

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  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    First, I know it is some kind of ceramic and is far more shatter resistant than regular glass. But I'm not sure if it is OK to try and clean it with a damp paper towel while still hot. I sometimes have a foggy surface that won't burn off with a hot burn and I'd like to clean up the glass without letting the stove run cold. Do you ever give yours a quick cleaning even when it is hot/warm?

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  2. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    the thermal shock isnt going to hurt anything, but i think the warm glass would evaporate the cleaner before it got a chance to do its job..
  3. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I have had the same thoughts here & there. For what it costs to replace the glass, I have decided for myself, not to try.
    I did once try to knock some fly ash of the inside of the galss. And it the glass smeared. I think anything you try and do will end up being a smear worst than whats there.
    The hot surface dries anything up very quickly, and its just going to be a bigger smeared mess IMO.
  4. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    I have cleaned off some of the "cloudyness" when I reload in the morning . Damp paper towell and a few quick swipes. No problem .
  5. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    If it is true 'pyroceram' or 'neoceram' ceramic, it has essentially zero thermal expansion, so wipe it as you wish.

    Corey
  6. Homefire

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    I have used a metal scraper on the glass with good results.

    Also when it is cool I use Windex with great results.
    If it is hot the cleaner just turns to steam before it cleans.

    I paid $18 delivered for a piece of neoceram 9" x 9" from a glass shop in Vancouver WA.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Just for the heck of it I took a wet paper towel just now and cleaned the glass on the 30-NC and the F3, both hot. No problem. Just use water only. Ya never no what cleaners will do when they hit the hot glass.
  8. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I just used a wet rag on my hot glass. Did OK. A little streaky but better after a couple days of straight burning.
  9. jjbaer

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    I saw a viedo once for this type of glass: a blowtorch was fired-up on one side of the glass and a cup of cold water was poured on the other side.....didn't crack or shatter.....
  10. HalJason

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    I've been using #0000 steel wool on my glass since I got the stove with no ill effects. It's rarely more than a quick wipe in the morning at the first reload. It would just burn off anyhow, but I like to see the fire :)

    -Hal
  11. MrGriz

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    I use a damp paper towel dipped in ash just about every morning. Glass is usually not 'hot' but is still quite warm. I would not use a chemical cleaner on the hot glass, some don't do heat well. I have used vinegar and hot water with a cotton towel when the glass was quite warm and it worked out fine.
  12. chad3

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    I just wiped mine this morning with water and a paper towel. Few streaks, but folded over the towel and cleaned a second time, no problems. What a difference!!! You forget how much film stays on the glass till you clean it. Not any black soot, but just a fine layer of ash.
    chad
  13. Andre B.

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    You do want to be careful with the wet clothe wiping a hot surface.
    If it is hot enough to boil the water in the cloth the steam can get driven back thru the cloth and into your hand.

    If that happens your fingers will go from comfortably warm to I need a bucket of ice water NOW!!, so fast you won't believe it.
  14. carpniels

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    Hi Guys,

    A colleague of mine told me the best way to clean a window is windex and a newspaper wad. I tried it and no streaks and squeaky clean.

    I might try that on my stove glass too in the AM after it has cooled considerably. I will only use water instead of windex.

    I will let you know how it works.

    Carpniels
  15. Highbeam

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    I do it daily too. First thing before even turning the lights on I grab the paper towel and wet it then turn on the light, walk over to the stove, open the damper, open the draft, wipe off the glass, throw the dirty towel in the firebox, and then rebuild a fire. The glass is sometimes hot enough to hear a sizzle, and almost always hot enough to limit the time I can hold the towel to the glass.

    On stubborn accumulations near the edge I'll dip the wet towel in the ashes and rub them off.

    I've never used a chemical except ammonia on cold glass about 20 years ago.
  16. MrGriz

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    I was told by someone along the way not to use ammonia based cleaners on the stove glass. I'm trying to remember who told me that and what the reasoning was, but I can't come up with it at the moment. They suggested using a vinegar and water mixture instead, which works very well.
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    Yeah I saw a picture of it too.

    Come on ...................... WINDEX!
    This place is the bastion for do it your-selfers and we have people cleaning stove glass with WINDEX!

    Write this down

    1/4 Vinegar
    1 quart water
    A few drops of dish soap

    Dump out the WINDEX, put this in the bottle and use it to clean ALL glass, for stubborn stove glass use a little ash.................. AND THE SUNDAY PAPER. You want no streaks, you cant handle no streaks!
  18. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    We used that ammonia on a country stove, the stepped top medium sized one. I have heard, almost confirmed, that windex contains ammonia. That's why on car windows tinted with film you are not supposed to use windex but must acquire a non-ammonia window cleaner.

    It is stinky. Horseradish fume stinky.
  19. BrotherBart

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    I use the Windex knock off from the dollar store and don't have no stinkin streaks!
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