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Your Build - Spring 2018

Phase 3 Interior & Exterior finishing Why this heating spring Spring 2018 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 54 Season 2018 is the time to think about If you already own a woodburning stove, now is a good time to plan its maintenance, or perhaps even consider whether you should start the search for a replacement, says Annabelle Carvell, communications executive at Stovax Phase 1 At the end of the heating season, a woodburning stove or fire should undergo an annual service, which will include stripping and cleaning the appliance. Doing it in spring will give you plenty of time to clean, identify any problems, or even refresh your stove before the winter months arrive. One of the first things to do is clean the inside of the firebox thoroughly when the stove is completely cool. All of the excess ash needs to be removed, with finer particles vacuumed up. Using a soft brush, clean and check the firebricks – any broken or damaged bricks should be replaced, but smaller cracks or chips can be repaired. Check the door glass for any signs of damage by removing it from the door and cleaning thoroughly with stove glass cleaner – consider the type of cleaner you need carefully, as printed glass will need to be cleaned with a different product use for plain door glass. If the glass has cracked, it will need replacing, but if it is in a good condition it can be put back into the door. Ensure that you also check your door rope seal which can become worn or loose over time. Get your chimney swept Anything from tar to birds’ nests and cobwebs can get stuck in your flue. The fuel type you burn, how often you use your fire or stove, the moisture content in the wood you burn, and what type of chimney you have can all affect how frequently you may need your chimney swept. Now is a good time to think about when you last had your chimney swept and whether or not you will need to do it again soon. Ecodesign ready stoves If after the heating season you have decided that change is in order, along with spring cleaning, this time of year is ideal for


Your Build - Spring 2018
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