Way back when we thought about ripping up our living room and starting again, the fire was the first thing we wanted rid of. We rarely turned it on and it looked dated. We had a vision of winters’ evenings sat by an open fire, where the smell of burning wood met you as you walked through the door. But with children in the house an open fire was never going to happen, so we began looking for log burners.
And with Daz being pretty nifty with a chainsaw, collecting fuel was never going to be a problem plus with the whole of the lower ground being open plan, it would be much more eco-friendly of heating the house. We just needed to choose the right one. We don’t live in an old chocolate box cottage and despite having hints of rustic charm throughout, we needed something in-between oldie-worldie and modern for our mid terrace.
There’s something magnetising about watching the flames dancing in a safe metal box, so next on our requirements was one with a large glass door. That comes with a price though, the area the glass, the more soot there is to gather, blackening it and blocking out any hypnotising flickers. While it doesn’t require as much maintenance as I anticipated; emptying the ash pan, sweeping around the base and restocking logs ready for the next session, it’s cleaning the glass which usually takes the most time.
We tend to keep on top it by de-sooting every other day. Trying to clean up a weeks worth of black soot is no mean feat and the thicker it is, the more elbow grease is required to remove it. We were recommended a hob cleaner to get rid of it and using kitchen roll, which worked fine but was an expensive way of doing something which I soon found out I could do for free, plus, I didn’t like the idea of any extra chemicals burning off and being released.
Then we switched to this free and easy method of cleaning;
1 – Dip some scrunched up newspaper into a small bowl of water
2 – Now dip it into some ash from the ash pan
3 – Using small circles, gently rub the ash dipped paper over the glass door, readapting the paper into the ash as the soot gently lifts. Some areas the soot will have really built up so will need several newspaper – water – dipped ash dipped goes to get off.
4 – Now take some clean scrunched up newspaper and wipe the ash off the glass, buffing the glass clean. You may need to do a final buff with a soft cloth or if you have a steam cleaner, (like this Vax multifunction steam cleaner ) use it to remove the left over ash, just like you would to clean your windows.
A no nonsense log burner cleaning tip.
You could however, just invest in a Vax multifunction steam cleaner instead and get it done in half the time though too and look after the rest of you home