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Did I discover a new way to clean stove glass?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ohlongarm, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Started to clean by BKULTRA glass today fairly good amount of deposit on it since I haven't been burning it too hot.I have a razor in a holder that works well,I went to spray a little WD-40 on the blade prior to me starting to scrape off the deposits.Well I sprayed the door glass lightly with a light film of WD-40 don't know why just did. I let it soak in about five minutes and then went to scrape the glass,it was unbelievable the razor took of the deposits and in less than five minutes the glass was perfectly clean,took dry paper towels wiped off the residual WD.Finished cleaning the glass with windex glass cleaner and was done. Best cleaner I've ever used bar none WD-40 you figure.

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  2. Bub381

    Bub381 Minister of Fire

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    a metal scraper scares me on something so expensive,especially ceramic.We'll wait for replies.
  3. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Trust me although I've only been burning my BK for about four months total since I bought it you will not damage the glass with a razor. There's a law in my town forbidding me to own or use anything that is construed as a tool despite this law I've never harmed my glass. Cleaned it about four times using a blade. This WD thing amazes me.
  4. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    WD-40 + Wait 5 Minutes + Razor Blade + Windex = Too many steps, time, and effort for me.

    I don't think it's ever taken me longer than a minute to clean off the glass.
  5. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Ya, but you don't have a blaze King. I used to just give a quick wipe, but not now. It's a small price to pay for 30 hour burns. :coolsmirk:
  6. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    The build up on the glass get's that bad? I've seen photos, just assumed it was a thin layer.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    WD-40. Fixes anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn.
  8. Mt Ski Bum

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    earlier this year when I was living in a place with a fireplace, I used some hi-temp stove glass cleaner I got from one of the local wood stove dealers, & it worked great on the glass doors as well as the stone fireplace surround... the gal at the counter said it also works good on carpet, but I never go a chance to try that out...
  9. nate379

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    I use a razor blade. I haven't cleaned it this year yet though. Been burning 24/7 for about 2 months.
  10. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    It's kinda bad this time of year, I still don't need to use a razor blade, but it takes a bit to get it clean.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Next thing might be applying some duct tape, wait 2 minutes and remove. All the black then stays on the tape....
  12. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, duct tape and WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't - duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should - WD-40.
  13. RandyG

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    I just cleaned mine with wet newspaper and some ash already in the stove, works great......thanks Dennis, got it from you!!!
  14. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, they have a list of 2000+ uses, and a link to click to submit a new one:

    http://www.wd40.com/uses-tips/

    ETA: I don't let WD-40 anywhere near either of my woodstoves.
  15. Cowboy Billy

    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    The wet ash and paper towel worked for me to. But since I burn 24-7 when my fire coals down I open the door hold up a steel plate rake the coals to the front slide the plate out shut the door turn the air wide open and let it bun off. It will leave a inch on each side but it doesn't bother me.

    Billy
  16. Shmudda

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    This is my method, works cheap and easy!!!

    Gotta burn them hot, and glass build-up is a small problem.

    Craig
  17. eyefish2

    eyefish2 New Member

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    I like the towel and ash method. Some of the wood I burn does have dirt on it at times. Has anyone ever scratched the ceramic "glass" of a woodstove??? Seems to be pretty hardy. I do not know the hardness properties of ceramic vs normal glass.
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    +1

    This works great, and it has the added bonus of not running the risk of necessitating playing with a razor blade around a burning fire.
  19. jatoxico

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    Sooner or later I'm gonna dab the ash and come up w/ some sand. Pretty sure that's going to scratch it.
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    And that's just on one load? I heard those BKs were good but I didn't realize.
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    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    Its been below freezing for the most of it. Sounds normal to me. It will be -7f by the morning.
  23. firetender

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    I have also used a razor blade scraper to clean my glass when I wasnt burning the stove hot. I also use 4/0 steel wool on cool glass and that works well.Although after 13 years the inner glass became etched, so I replaced it. For 35.00 I can see the fire nice and clear now.
  24. nate379

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    Haha, no way on just one load. I've gone through about 1/2 a cord so far. It's about on par, burned about 3 cords total last year from mid-Sept to mid-March

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    So long as you don't find 50 degrees comfortable for your home, or supplement your heat, I am DAMN jealous of your home's insulation.

    pen

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