Top tips for keeping your stove glass clean

There’s nothing better than enjoying the warmth of a wood-burning stove and watching the flames flicker. The last thing you want is the view of those flames blocked by dirty glass.

There are a number of factors you can look at if the glass in your stove is turning black from soot. We run through some top tips to help you keep your stove glass clean. If you need further guidance or are in any doubt, contact your Registered Installer for advice or consult with your local registrant when you book your annual sweep and service to get your stove looking like new.

Burn Quality Fuels

It is vital that you burn the right fuels for your appliance, be it a wood-burning or multifuel stove. The manufacturer’s instructions will have guidance on the right fuels for you to use.

Wet wood will not only make your stove glass dirty but it will also release more fine particulate matter (PM2.5). So, when burning firewood, ensure it has a moisture content of no more than 20%. You can find certified suppliers on the Ready to Burn website.

Moisture meters can be a useful tool for checking that your logs are suitable to burn. They are available to purchase from our Consumer Support team, please email or call 01684 278170 to order yours today.

Visit the Woodsure Advice Hub for instructions on how to check the moisture content of your firewood.

Follow Your Instructions

Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you are using the stove correctly and at its best. Some top tips include:

  • Burn it hot – operate the stove at its optimum temperature. A stove pipe thermometer can help.
  • Control the airflow – learn how the air controls on your stove should be used.
  • Avoid slumbering – unless your stove is designed and tested as safe to do so.
  • Load your fuel so it’s not touching the glass.


Many modern stoves will have an airwash system. Airwash technology brings a flow of air into the firebox of your wood burner from a vent above the glass panel. The air is immediately forced directly downwards over the inside of the door. This creates a layer of air that ‘washes’ over the glass at all times.

Cleaning Techniques

Cleaning dirty stove glass will take elbow grease and your Approved Chimney Sweep will be able to offer further guidance.

Some cleaning tips:

  1. Use cleaning pads that are specifically made for stove glass.

  2. Scrunched-up newspaper is an old technique that has been used for many years.

    • Dip the paper in water and cool stove ash, then scrub gently until the glass clears up. Wipe away any residue with a clean damp cloth. Be careful to not scratch your stove glass with any large remnants from the ash.
  3. Ceramic cooker cleaner.

    • Use the cooker cleaner with a non-scratch sponge to remove blackened soot, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

These top tips will help to keep your stove glass clear so you can enjoy the perfect view of those flames.


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