Whether your log burning stove is made of cast iron or sheet steel, it will get dark quite quickly. The glass needs cleaning almost every time you use it, but about once a month (in winter when you are using it) you will want to give the outside of your wood stove a good clean too.
This is an easy job. You can even give the responsibility to a teenager and let it be one of their special chores. They don’t need to use fancy chemicals, cleaning a woodstove can be done using nothing but mild detergents and a bit of elbow grease.
Put down a thick covering of newspaper (8 or so layers) onto the floor before you start.
Remove all removeable bits. You may be able to lift the door off, depending on how your stove is constructed. If you can, do take it off as the door frame will be easier to clean without it. typically the grate will come out too.
Cleaning the glass on a wood stove door
To get rid of burned on black stains on the glass you will need more than just soapy water. But don’t go buying fancy chemical solutions, your ingredients are right in front of you (this is why we do the door first). Just use a scrunched up wet sheet of newspaper dipped into fire ashes. They make an excellent slightly abrasive soapy mixture that will remove everything from the glass with surprising ease.
Cleaning the stove
For a really deep cleaning consider getting in there with a Hoover, but beware of ruining your vacuum cleaner by filling it full of soot. Otherwise brush out the remaining soot from inside
Mix a 6 to 1 solution of warm water and washing up liquid. Starting at the top of the woodstove start scrubbing with a nail brush or washing up brush and lots of soapy water.
Once scrubbed, rinse and dry it quickly as we don’t want any rusting to start. Use old newspaper to dry the metal and finish with a soft lint free cloth.
Do the same for the grate.