A wood burning stove is an essential luxury when it's cold outside
I live in an old Cotswold stone house which I adore but with single pane windows and a few draughts it can get chilly in the winter. One of the best things my husband and I have done during the house rennovation is to install a wood burning stove. There's nothing better on a cold winter's evening than curling up in front of a roaring fire.
The fire only really looks great if the glass screen is clear and you can see the flames flickering as well as hearing the crackle and pop of the fire.
There are a range of special cleaners on the market but you really don't need them. Here's how to clean the glass screen without requiring any elbow grease.
Time: 5-10 minutes
Left over ash
A little water
No need for expensive cleaners
Scrunch up a piece of newspaper
Dip the newspaper partly in the water
Only wet one side of your newspaper and dip in wood ash
Place the wet side of the newspaper against left over ash at the bottom of the stove
Use the ash side to scrub the glass of your wood burning stove.Don't worry when it looks worse than when you started, all the residue from burning has been loosened.
Looks a little messy now but it will wipe off in seconds with some window cleaner
Spray on a little window cleaner and wipe clear with some kitchen towel.
The glass door of your stove will now be gleaming, clear and you can enjoy the flames of your next fire.
To reduce the amount of time you have to do this, use seasoned logs. These are ones which have been cut and stored for about a year. The moisture content is much less and they burn more efficiently.
Use seasoned logs
It's also worth having a chimney sweep carry out a service once a year at the end of winter if you have been using your wood burner regularly.