According to Vermont Soapstone Co., soapstone is a pliable mineral that is able to endure high levels of heat. As time passes and it is subjected to heat, its colour will most likely change. Because of its ability to retain heat and to transfer heat, the mineral is an excellent choice for the construction of wood stoves. In households with children or pets, soapstone wood stoves are a better option than cast-iron stoves because they maintain a lower temperature than metal stoves. The maintenance of a soapstone wood stove is not difficult; but, due to the softness of the soapstone, certain cleaning solutions and materials are necessary in order to maintain the stove’s beautiful appearance.
Cleaning a Wood Burning Stove
According to advice provided by TreeHozz, dust and grime should be removed from the soapstone by wiping it down with a soft, dry cloth at least once every week. A rag that has been moistened with natural stone cleanser may be used to remove any grime or other residues as soon as they appear. After removing all of the stains, give the area another wipe with a clean, moist towel. After your stove has completely cooled down, give the glass inserts of your stove a quick spray with glass cleaning once every week.
After using a soft cloth or newspaper to wipe the glass off, be sure to dry it completely. On a soapstone wood stove, you should never use cleaners that include abrasives. These will leave scratches on the finished soapstone. Also, steer clear of applying any items that need waxing or polishing.
Cast-iron frameworks are often used in the construction of soapstone wood stoves. After the stove has had enough time to completely cool, use a gentle brush and dust the various areas of the stove. If there are spots of rust, you may remove them by brushing the affected area with steel wool or a wire brush, and then you can touch up the cast iron with high-temperature stove paint.
Scratches on a Soapstone Woodstove
The mineral known as soapstone is rather soft and may be readily scratched. Sanding with fine steel wool or sandpaper with a grain of 120 may remove the majority of scratches. Sandpaper with a grit of 400 or extra-fine steel wool may be used to smooth the surface. Sanding, on the other hand, will remove a shiny surface from your stove if it currently has one. You may get a finish product that is branded for use on soapstone wood stoves at most stores that sell wood stoves. Use this product to touch up any sanded areas. Sanding dust should be removed from the soapstone using a vacuum cleaner, and moist cloths should not be used since they will just serve to distribute the dust about rather than remove it.
General Stove Maintenance
Especially if your stove is used on a near-constant basis, you should clean away the ashes once or twice every week. When removing the ash pan, make sure to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer, since each model will have a slightly different ash pan design. Ashes should be stored in a container made of metal with a cover that can be secured firmly in place. The container should then be placed on a noncombustible surface or on the ground outdoors, away from any flammable items. It is recommended that ashes not be thrown away until at least 36 hours have passed after they have reached their final temperature.
When disposing of ashes, you should never use a container that might catch fire, such as cardboard or plastic, and you should never use a vacuum to extract ashes unless the vacuum is made expressly for this task. Be sure to inspect the door gasket or seal as well as the latch before getting rid of the ashes. As soon as you detect that the gasket material is worn or frayed, replace it with new material. In the event that the gasket material is slack, the latch should be tightened to take up the slack. At the very least once every year, you should have a skilled chimney sweep come in and examine and clean your whole system in order to increase the useful life of your stove.