Wood Burning / Multi-Fuel Stove – Service and Maintenance
Is Your Stove Looking Tired and Neglected?
Howards (Tarleton) offer a full stove maintenance service, in addition to stove fitting, chimney lining and sweeping chimneys
A good quality stove that had been installed by a HETAS Registered Installer will last for years, but as with most things, parts can wear out and need replacing from time to time.
Items that often require replacing include:
- Rope seals on doors and flue pipe
- Back and side fire bricks
- Throat or top baffle plates
- Door glass and retaining clips
- Firebars or grates
- Door locking mechanism
The above items are normally known as consumables, and therefore not usually covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
One of the best ways to look after your stove is to ensure you burn the correct fuel.
Wood can only be used with a moisture content of less than 20% and burning the appliance at the right temperature is equally important.
A Moisture Meter and Stove Pipe Thermometer will help you get this right.
We carry stocks of the above items on our vehicle
It is not uncommon to have to replace door seals at the end of each season, and usually this is best done whilst the chimney is being swept.
All wood burning or multi fuel stoves should be swept at least annually, dependant on use, and the type of fuel burnt.
Above shows a BEFORE and AFTER fully refurbished and re-painted Dunsley Highlander 7 stove. The customer genuinely believed they would have to buy a new stove and were amazed at our expertise in “bringing their stove back to life”
The glass on the top picture above had become “etched” and cloudy and almost impossible to see through, spoiling the pleasure of a roaring flame. Normally during the lighting process, moisture forms on the glass which is perfectly normal. However, if sulphur is present within the fuel, it will mix with this moisture and form sulphuric acid, which is extremely corrosive, and if left for a period of time, it will start to “etch” into the surface of the ceramic glass on the stove door. As the stove heats up, the moisture evaporates leaving a mix of sulphur dioxide and sulphur trioxide which is a white powder. As this is contained within the etched area, it cannot be cleaned off, hence resulting in the cloudiness. When burning smokeless fuels, always ensure you use an Authorised Fuel that has a low sulphur content.
We carry replacement glass for many leading manufacturers that we mainly work on within our catchment area as well as rope seals and adhesive for most makes of stoves. But don’t worry if you need anything replacing that we don’t have in stock, we can usually provide a replacement part(s) within a couple of working days. Some manufactures may take a little while longer to deliver specialist items.
We can also supply carbon monoxide alarms, fire bottoms and grate bars, ashcans (for stoves and open fires) and stove paint.
The above pictures show a BEFORE and AFTER water damaged Hunter Herald stove that we completely refurbished, including new HD ceramic glass, glass clips, firebricks, door seals and paint.
We carry full liability insurance and in addition to being Master Chimney Sweep members of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, we are also HETAS registered to carry out Installation Work and Service and Maintenance.
We have been doing what we do for almost 60 years.
Furthermore, we have strict procedures in place for carrying out all chimney related work to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the process. All this for your added peace of mind and safety.
To discuss any issues with your chimney, stove or appliance or to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Tel: 01772 812714 or Click here to contact us