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Cleaning A Log Burner The Free And Easy Way

Cleaning A Log Burner The Free And Easy Way

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.

how to clean the glass on your log burner the free and easy way

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.

a free and easy way to clean a log burner

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


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  1. 4th November 2015 / 6:51 am

    Okay, I’m probably teaching you how to suck eggs here, but the quality of logs will effect things hugely. Don’t ever burn pine. It’s full of resin and makes a huge mess. and spits If you’re other half is good with a chainsaw then great….but the logs must be left to season for an entire year before burning. Whatever you do, don’t ever, ever buy petrol station logs. They’re expensive and poor quality and fog up the glass. If you’re burning well seasoned, good quality logs the glass should be self cleaning. If our’wood burning stove gets fogged up we just burn some well seasoned beech or ash and, voila, the glass is clean again! #sharewithme

    • 4th November 2015 / 8:02 am

      Great tips John, much appreciated. Totally with you on the garage logs, extortionate prices!

  2. 4th November 2015 / 8:05 am

    Oooo your log burner is beautiful! I would love one but we don’t even have a fireplace hehe! Glad you found a cheap and fairly easy way of cleaning it! #HomeEtc

  3. 4th November 2015 / 11:49 am

    Ohhh how jealous I am. We are currently living in Thailand so it will be a while before we will be in weather that permits a log burner. Love the smell of the fire on a cold winter night! Great tips of cleaning a log burner. Enjoy the winter 🙂 #ShareWithMe

    • 5th November 2015 / 6:56 am

      Not to rub it in but there is that lovely waft of buying wood outside in the evening now but I can imagine that living in Thailand is amazing.

  4. 4th November 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Ooo we have two log burners at The Barn and this is a fabulous tip! I tend to find it’s the newer of the two burners that fogs up more than the older one and while we tend to burn seasoned wood so it isn’t TOO much of a problem I’m definitely going to be bookmarking this post for the next time I need to give them both a good clean! #HomeEtc

    • 6th November 2015 / 8:51 am

      Definitely makes a difference with which wood you use but I tend to leave all the log side to Daz. Its such a satisfying jb though seeing all the soot lifting and the glass looking like new.

  5. 6th November 2015 / 4:34 pm

    These are such excellent tips — the glass in our burner is practically black!! Although I love John’s tips too!! I knew about using seasoned wood and not pine but I didn’t know about the cleaning properties of Beech or Ash!! Amazing!! Well done both of you 🙂 Thanks SO much for linking up with us on #HomeEtc xx

    • 8th November 2015 / 12:00 pm

      No the ash and beech tips was all knew to me. unfortunately we’re not always able to choose which wood to use as it’s dependant on whats available. We had a huge ash supply ready for last winter but it was stolen!

  6. 7th November 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Well you know what? I’m going to give this a go right now! What a great tip, cleaning hacks are definitely my favourite and I totally agree that keeping on top of it makes it so much easier X #HomeEtc

    • 8th November 2015 / 11:59 am

      I couldn’t believe what a difference it made with using any chemicals, its one of those cleaning jobs I don’t actually mind doing now and then.

  7. 9th November 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Super post! Oh how I miss our real fires! Thank you very much for linking up with us. Jess xx


    • 9th November 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you. I must admit, I’d struggle to live in a house without one now.

  8. Jenny
    10th November 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Good timing we are staying over at my hubby’s late grandparents house in ireland for the christmas new year holiday and they have one and I have no idea what to do with it. lol Now I can at least clean it when we are done. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

    • 10th November 2015 / 1:51 pm

      It always seems a little daunting lighting a fire inside the house the first few times!

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