The burning season will soon begin. If you have a wood burning or multi fuel stove it's time to make sure it is ready to keep you warm through the winter. To help you get organised Stores Direct have produced this checklist of essential tasks.

Fuel

When the cold weather starts special offers on firewood and coal will dry up while delivery times increase. If you haven't got a decent stockpile of fuel for your stove take action now. Check out this post on choosing firewood if you're not sure what type to go for.

Chimney Sweeping

It is essential to have your chimney swept before the burning season begins to clear out soot, debris such as birds nests and any build up of creosote. Neglecting essential chimney maintenance increases the risk of chimney fires and of  harmful combustion gases such as carbon monoxide being returned to the room.

If you need to find a professional chimney sweep in your area the National Association of Chimney Sweeps is a great resource. Their website makes it easy to search online for local chimney sweeps, and you can call them on 01785 811732 if you need help or advice.

Stove Maintenance

If your stove is looking worn then it's best to renew the finish before you need to start using it on a daily basis. Check out our handy guide to painting woodburners if you're not sure how to go about it.

These are the essentials for making sure your stove is in good working order for the winter:

  • Replace worn seals around stove doors and glass
  • Check seals on cast iron stove bodies and patch with fire cement if necessary
  • Replace cracked stove glass
  • Replace cracked or distorted grates in multi fuel stoves
  • Replace cracked or crumbling firebricks
  • Make sure the baffle plate is clear of soot deposits

HETAS stove engineers can service your woodburner, but remember they get very busy once the colder weather sets in.

Carbon Monoxide

Although woodburners are very safe when the flue is drawing properly, it is possible for carbon monoxide to be returned to the room if the flue gets clogged or if severe weather forces air back down the flue. While the law now requires a carbon monoxide alarm be placed in the same room when new woodburners are installed, many people with older stoves aren't yet protected. It's time to get a carbon monoxide alarm if you haven't already got one. For more information about this issue check out our post about carbon monoxide safety for woodburners.