With the promise of an Indian Summer fading, the volume of calls to Boru Stoves has steadily begun to escalate over the last week. Everybody is getting ready for the long winter evenings that are just around the corner. Getting your stove winter ready is something that everyone should spend a little bit of time doing before the temperatures really start to drop. It is much easier to perform routine maintenance when you are not under pressure to light the stove.
Today I’m going to cover a basic procedure of changing the rope on your stove. This is something that should be done once a year, or even more often, depending on the use of your stove. First of all I will tell you how to check the rope seal on your stove to see if you have a tight seal or not. Then we will be removing the old rope, and finally fixing the new rope into place.
1. Testing Your Rope Seals
Ensure that your stove is cool and not lighting. Take a strip of normal paper and place it between the stove body and the door [Fig 1]. Close the door and pull on the strip of paper [Fig 2]. If the strip of paper moves freely, this is a good indication that the rope seals need to be replaced. If the seal is snug and tight, you should feel a decent amount of resistance as you try to pull on the paper strip. Repeat this at different areas around the door to check there is a tight seal all around the door [Fig 3].
If you find that the paper is moving freely between the closed door and the body of the stove then you will need to replace your rope seal. You might have noticed that the stove has been burning too much fuel, or that the air controls and dampeners have not been working as intended. This is because the stove will have been sucking in air through a worn or damaged seal. Once replaced you should notice a marked improvement in the amount of fuel used and greater control over the burn when adjusting the air controls. We recommend sourcing your replacement parts from an authorised Boru Stoves Retailer. This will ensure you get genuine and correct parts. As requested in the Boru Stoves warranty terms, only use genuine Boru Stoves parts in your stove. If you have any problems sourcing genuine Boru Stoves parts please contact us directly.
2. Remove Existing Rope
The old rope needs to be removed. This should be quite easy to do with a few simple tools. A pair of grips such as pliers, a wire brush and a flat-head screwdriver. Pull the old rope [Fig 4] out and then give the channel a good scrub with a wire brush [Fig 5]. For any stubborn pieces of old rope or glue, use a screwdriver to loosen them [Fig 6] and then clean it again with the wire brush. Ensure the channel is clean and free from any loose dirt, old rope and glue.
3. Preparing Your Rope
Now is a good time to prepare you rope. If you have the correct rope for your stove you can make sure that it fits the full length of the channel and move onto the next step. Or, if you have a length of rope that is too long, trim it to the required size. If the rope does not have a sealed end, seal one end with a piece of high temperature silicone tape [Fig 7]. Wrap a small piece of tape tightly around one of the ends. Starting in the middle of the channel at the bottom of the door. Run the length of rope around the channel, gently pushing it into the channel and corners. When you reach the other end of the rope, tightly wrap another piece of high temperature silicone tape around the rope. Leave a little bit of an overlap with the other end of the rope [Fig 8]. Finally, use a sharp scissors or secateurs to cut the rope where the tape has been applied making sure both ends will meet snug in the middle [Fig 9]. You are now ready to fix the rope into place.
3. Apply a Bead of High Temperature Glue
A bead of high temperature stove glue should be applied into the channel. A smooth regular action should ensure you have a regular and decent amount of adhesive applied.
4. Fix the New Rope
Once again, begin at the bottom in the middle [Fig 11]. Firmly push the rope into the channel working your way around the corners. Ensure that the rope is sitting well into the channel [Fig 12]. Continue until the two taped ends meet snug at the bottom of the door [Fig 13].
5. Test The New Rope Seal
Repeat the process in step one to test the new rope seals are creating a tight seal around the door. If there are still problems and the paper strip is moving freely, the diameter of the rope could be too small, or there could be a problem with the door. If this is the case, you should contact your stove supplier who should be able to advise you on the correct course of action to remedy the problem.
Changing the rope seals on your stove is an easy procedure that just about anyone should be able to do for themselves at home. It can greatly increase a stoves performance. Seals should be checked every six months to ensure your stove is running at optimum efficiency.
If you are having any problems with your Boru Stove or are struggling to find the correct parts, please contact us here at Boru Stoves and we will do our best to help.