Cleaning and Maintaining Your Stove

A Boru Stoves double sided Carraig MorIt is important to ensure that your stove is properly cleaned and maintained. Failure to do so could result in an invalid extended warranty. The process of cleaning and maintaining your stove is very simple and should not take long. Done regularly, proper cleaning and regular maintenance, should prolong the life of your stove and ensure that you have a stove that operates at peak efficiency.

Cleaning Your Stove

Creosote:

When fuel is burned slowly, it produces tar and other organic vapors, which combined with expelled moisture to form creosote. The creosote vapors condense in the relatively cool chimney flue of a slow burning fire. As a result, creosote residue accumulates on the flue lining. When ignited, this creosote creates an extremely hot fire. Inspect and clean the chimney frequently – under certain conditions of use, creosote buildup may occur rapidly. If creosote has accumulated, it should be removed to reduce the risk of a chimney fire.

Automatic Stove Damper Channel:

This should be checked regularly making sure it is free from ash build up as this will prevent the thermostat from working efficiently and may effect performance. First you will have to remove the grate from your stove and then you should be easily able to access the channel cover. See the images below for further details on locating the automatic stove damper channel.

Automatic Damper Channel cover

Once the grate has been removed you should be able to access the cover of the automatic damper channel

The thermostat flap

The automatic damper channel is highlighted in yellow, use an Ash Vac to remove any ash build up


The Baffle:

The baffle must be removed regularly to check for soot build up, this build up is a fire hazard and the stove should not be used until chimney is cleaned by an accredited person and free from obstruction. There are two types of baffles in Boru Stoves, a boiler type baffle and a dry stove baffle, further instruction are below depending on the type of stove you have.

*note: These images are examples of our most common types of baffle, in some stoves the set-up might be different, but the principles are the same.

Boiler Stove baffle
Removing the baffle

Remove the baffle and check that it is clean

The baffle

This is a typical baffle in a boiler model stove

Our boiler stoves have a metal baffle which easy to locate and remove. Check that the baffle is clean and clear and then replace it. This baffle is also removed when access for cleaning the chimney is needed.
Dry Stove baffle
A dry stove is slightly different from a boiler stove, in a dry stove, the top fire brick serves as a baffle. The brick is easily removed following the details below. The bricks should be regularly inspected for any damage. The fire bricks are subject to normal wear & tear and will have to be replaced when they become worn or damaged. Using your stove with worn or damaged fire bricks can cause the stove to over fire and invalidate the extended warranty.

raise the top baffle

Raise the baffle at the top of the stove

Lower the left hand firebrick

Lower fire brick the left hand side

Lower the right hand firebrick

Lower the fire brick on the right hand side

lower and remove the top baffle

Lower the top baffle to remove, clean and inspect

Glass:

To clean the glass establish a good fire and use the Airwash System. However there will be times when the glass has to be cleaned by hand. To do this, use a soft cloth and a nonabrasive cleaner. Never clean the glass when the stove is hot. Do not use the stove with cracked or broken glass. If the glass breaks when the fire is lighting leave the fire extinguish itself. Do not open the door until the stove is completely cool. Any broken glass should be replaced by a qualified installer.

Maintaining Your Stove

The following checks should be carried out at least twice a year to ensure you comply with the terms of Boru Stoves extended warranty.

Check for soot and creosote build up and sign of joint damage. Do not use if the flue pipe or chimney is damaged. To check this, the top baffle (clean out plate) must be removed by lifting it up and pulling out. Clean the baffle before refitting. Do not light the stove until the baffle has been refitted.

Make sure the glass is not cracked or chipped and that the rope has a good seal. Failure to replace frayed rope will result in over firing, and thus voiding the extended warranty.

Check that the stove door is tight and well sealed when closed. We recommend that the rope seals be replaced at least once a year, or when required depending on the use of the stove. The door rope is easily replaced by removing the old rope, cleaning out the channel and inserting the new rope. The rope should be sealed in place with suitable high temperature sealant. All part for Boru Stoves are available through our authorised Boru Stoves retailers.

Cleaning and maintaining your stove regularly will ensure that you comply with the Boru Stoves extended warranty. It should also ensure, that you prolong the life of your stove, and keep it working at optimum efficiency. Boru Stoves are always here to help answer any questions you might have about your stove and you contact us through our website.