As previously stated, your annual stove service should not be at the expense of regular routine maintenance during the heating season as outlined in your stove operator's handbook. Generally, this will include the following important actions:
Remove and clean the top of the baffle plate and flue way
This is especially critical for multi fuel boiler stoves which, because of the lower temperature of the flue gases and the tendency to use soot-producing fuels such as coal, will produce significantly more soot. Clearing away soot debris from your baffle plate will keep the stove and flue draught operating efficiently and help reduce the potential for smoke or carbon monoxide to enter the room. Most baffle plates can easily be pushed upwards and dropped down to allow complete access to the top of the plate and the flue way. Please click here for more information about baffle plates
Check the door's air-tight seal
A poor seal will cause a loss of control over the fire, leading to inefficient use of the fuel. Please click here for more information about door rope seals
Check the condition of the fire bricks
Damaged or missing parts of fire brick which expose the stove bodywork to contact with flames or burning fuel could be dangerous and should be replaced. Please click here for more information about fire bricks
Check the condition of the fire grate and the external riddle operation.
Damaged fire grates withe warped or missing grate bars, affect the efficient operation of your stove, particularly when burning wood and should be replaced as soon as possible. Please click here for more information about stove fire grates and grate bars
For more information about giving your stove a complete annual service please click here
Geoff Royle is our Head of Marketing. He is heavily involved in the Stove Industry and represents WBS and The Stove Yard in the Stove Industry Alliance. Geoff also has recently joined the Hetas Technical Committee and is looking forward to discussing in detail all future stove, flue and installation legislation.