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  1. CrowBean

    CrowBean Member

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    I have a spot on the inside of the glass that feels rougher when I clean it. It never comes fully clean and leaves a "cloudy" spot. Does anyone have an idea how to fix this? I usually use soap and water to clean it.

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  2. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Take a damp cloth dip an end of it in the pellet ash and use that on that spot, then using a clean spot on cloth wipe that area clean. The ash is just about perfect in the abrasive department to remove condensed wood volatiles from glass.
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  3. CrowBean

    CrowBean Member

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    Thanks I'll give that a try next cleaning.
  4. guitarjamman

    guitarjamman New Member

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    I used a glass stovetop cleaner on my pellet stove and boy was it a mistake. It worked like a charm to initially clean it but it left a layer that I couldn't see and burnt big time on the glass after firing up again. Maybe I messed up and didn't wipe it clean enough, but I had to resort to a razorblade held on a 10° angle or so to scrape it all off. It works wonders for getting most really tough spots off - just be extremely careful to not hold at too steep an angle. A nice scratch in the glass will forever sit in your mind.
  5. Cincinnati Kid

    Cincinnati Kid Feeling the Heat

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    I used to have a Whitfield insert stove where the glass would start getting dirty minutes after lighting the stove. I purchased some good old fashioned oven stove cleaner and sprayed it directly on the glass at room temp. I would ipe the glass off with either paper toweling or news paper. That took all the crap off the glass. Iwould then followup that up with Windex and the glass would be sparkling clean.

    Since i've since replaced the Whitfield with a Harman, I use regular wood stove glass clean clear that works fairly well.
  6. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Have to carefull with what cleaners are used as some stoves use ceramic and ammonia can cause yellowing and other unfortunate issues.
  7. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    All you need is a paper towel and water IF you haven't already attacked the special glass with some fancy 'super duty' cleaner and ruined it. An occasional buff with pellet ash and water, as SmokeytheBear says, can't hurt. All the other crap mentioned is just making matters worse. The glass WILL get dirty so live with it and clean it once a week when you do your weekly ritual.
  8. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    I use glass cook top cleaner, either Weiman (Walmart, etc) or Rutland ( HD, etc- stove section) brand. Both work great. Pretty sure it's the same glass.

    I don't like to use ash because IF there is some sand in the ash, your likelihood of scratching it is far greater. Kinda like when you are waxing your vehicle and you drop the applicator or buffing cloth on the ground and then keep waxing/buffing....and then wonder where the circular scratches came from.
  9. nailed_nailer

    nailed_nailer Minister of Fire

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    I clean the glass with a plastic scotch-brite sponge. The yellow one with the green scratchy side. Avail at any grocery store.
    I scrub the glass with the water dampened green side. This knocks all the loose stuff off and makes a slurry.
    Then I wipe it clean with the sponge side.
    The follow that up with a dry paper towel to buff it.
    If there are any stubborn areas I use the green side dipped in ashes.

    Once super clean I use Rutland Stove Glass cleaner. To clean/seal it.
    It seems easier to clean next time after I use the Rutland product.

    Good Luck,
    ---Nailer---
  10. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    +1 on the Rutland stuff with silicone making subsequent cleanings seem easier.
  11. EZsteve

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    Just a paper towel barely damp.Then wipe dry.
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  12. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    I use newspaper and water. The political section cleans it up pretty good
  13. Justin M

    Justin M Feeling the Heat

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    I use a damp paper towel dipped in ash if needed. Then follow up with a dry paper towel. There is no need for the harsh chemicals.
  14. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i have always cleaned the glass with a moistened folded couple of paper towels.
    what's new is i have put several thicknesses of duct tape folded over on the end of the shop vac hose (to keep from scratching anything), and i vacuum the metal edges around the glass and also vac the bulk of the ash off the glass before i wipe it clean with the paper towel.

    then i buff it with a soft cloth.

    the only time i ever needed to scrub with ash was when i had gone a very long time w/o cleaning the glass.
    got a little cooked on translucent light brown residue then.
  15. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I just clean the glass on Sunday with water and a paper towel then dry with a paper towel stays clean for a well then do it again
  16. David Holmes

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    Use a 50/50 mixture of water vinegar, best yet.
  17. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Sometimes you gotta give the glass a full.....ah, nevermind ;)
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  18. Harvey Schneider

    Harvey Schneider Minister of Fire

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    I remember reading on this forum, last year, that cleaning products with ammonia will permanently cloud the stove's window. Windex has ammonia in it.
    I haven't verified the validity of that warning, but I would err on the cautious side and avoid window cleaners.
    My own preference for cleaning the window on my MVAE is Rutland stove glass cleaner. I use it weekly when I clean the stove.
    As for the cloudy spot you mentioned, I haven't found anything that will entirely remove it. I tried a mild abrasive on my PDVC and it improved the transparency of the window, but it didn't remove the cloudy spot entirely. To me, it's not worth the cost to replace the window.
  19. CrowBean

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    Good thread. Thanks guys.
  20. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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