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The way i clean my stove glass!

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Chrism, Jan 30, 2012.

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  1. turbocruiser

    turbocruiser Feeling the Heat

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    Is the ash and water method safe for ceramic glass or will it cause small scratches all around? Thanks.

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  2. embers aplenty

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    Yes, the towels, ash, and water are safe. You won't harm your glass using these. This is an old process that has been used for years. An old stove tech guy told me about doing this 20 years ago. I remember him say "it sounds crazy but it works".Their are still many folks that don't know about it. Newspaper works well for the initial first water and ash clean, then go with the towels and water. I don't usually have newspapers handy since my wife takes them to her mother to read a few towns away. ha ha.

    Just get in a habit of doing it when your stove is pretty cool or cold before you revive it. I have just opened the door and let it cool off for a while if the stove is a little to warm. You don't need much ash just a dip of the well burned light gray ash is plenty good. Do avoid cleaners with amonia for sure, which over time can harm the ceramic glass.

    If you happen to be old like me a nice little fold out stool is pretty compfy when doing this. But really, it doesn't take more then 2 minutes tops. Should I say "Just ash it away".
  3. turbocruiser

    turbocruiser Feeling the Heat

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    Wow that's awesome to know; my owner's manual says to avoid anything that is at all abrasive and I was thinking that ash was abrasive enough to scratch the ceramic. I'll give it a try because right now I'm using two different Rutland products and I am convinced that they work well but also that they are pretty pricey compared to "free"! Thanks Again.
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    Black Jaque Janaviac Feeling the Heat

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    You know. It seems that so many people have found different secret ways to clean the brown off stove glass that I'm beginning to suspect that cleaning stove glass just isn't that difficult and therefore does not need a "secret" recipe. You know - about like cleaning dishes - just hot water, dish soap, and elbow grease.
  5. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    I'm in the water only camp at this point. Burning real dry wood this year and every few weeks, I'll wipe off the light haze with a damp paper towel. Usually use a few paper towels to get off the haze, then a couple more to really get the glass nice and clean. No scrubbing, no ash, no problem. Last year, with less dry wood, I had to scrub a lot more. Yet another reason to burn nice dry wood! Cheers!
  6. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

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    nice clean burns here require me to only use water and a paper towel. If I do have some brown stuff, a bit of ash takes care of it.

    I have also heard (from my installer/dealer) NOT to use any cleaning chemicals on the glass... YMMV.
  7. Bub381

    Bub381 Minister of Fire

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    I believe ammonia is 1 of em.
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    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    this guy
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    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Oh fancy.

    or should I say, "Doctor Pantelones?" he he...
  10. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    If you are using cleaners - I would suggest that you be careful of your over spray. I used a glass or counter cleaner my first year. My wood was not good, so I needed to clean the glass. Some of the over spray got on the front of the stove near the hinge and ate the paint away on a new stove.

    If my glass gets dusty now, I only use plain water on a sponge and follow with a paper towel. If I get something stubborn - alittle dip of the sponge into ash does the trick.
  11. DevilsBrew

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    Maybe baking soda and water? I make a paste with it to take the stains off of my beaker teapot.
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