GLASS SOOTING UP? USING TOO MUCH FUEL?
It is essential that all solid fuel burning appliances are serviced at regular intervals, typically prior to the start of each heating season. A faulty stove and installation not only wastes money on fuel but can potentially release poisonous Carbon Monoxide into the property.
Both appliance manufacturers and HETAS strongly recommend that all solid fuel appliances are serviced by a competent person and preferably by a HETAS registered engineer at least once a year.
This ensures you are complying with current Building Regulations, local bylaws and maintaining your manufacturer's warranty cover.
Do make the most of our Annual Service Deal which will save you money and ensure the performance and appearance of your stove so you never have to concern yourself with its safety, you can just enjoy the pleasure of its warmth.
Signs showing your stove needs a service!
If your glass is sooting up or you can't control the rate of burn this is a sure sign your rope seals need to be replaced. A stove will draw air in from where ever it can and poor rope seals effects the air wash and tertiary burn technology the stove has which means it burns more wood than necessary and blacks up the glass. Rope seals are found around the door and also under the glass on every stove. It allows the glass and metal to expand and retract under heat while still keeping a tight air seal ensuring the air-wash to perform correctly by keeping the glass nice and clear and the fuel burn efficiently. These ropes harden or burn away after about a year and need to be replaced.
Step 1: Firmly close the stove door and listen carefully for the soft sound of the rope gasket, not metal, hitting the body of the stove. If you hear metal then they need to be changed! If you don't move on to Step 2: Do the "paper " test. Open the stove door and close a strip of paper in between the stove door and the stove body so that half of it is inside the stove and the other half is outside. Make sure the door is closed properly. Try to pull the slip of paper out. Repeat this every 10cm around the door, it should not slip out easily. If there is an area in the door where it slips out easily, then the door seal needs redoing.
REMEMBER: The seal under the glass should be check and usually replaced at the same time as the door seal.
More Stove Tips here.
Wood Advice here.
'We have been very happy with the work done to our stove and have enjoyed the comfort all winter!' Jan