Cleaning Hacks for Log Burners

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When we had our log burner fitted last summer, the mild cynic in me doubted its claims of being self-cleaning – as clever as those Scandinavians are, I just couldn’t see how something which generates soot would ever be clean again once we started to use it regularly.

Fast forward a few months and it is indeed a truly wondrous miracle that for the most part, it looks as though we’ve never used it. I have no idea how this happens but no need to question such things.

From time-to-time though the inside of the glass door does need cleaning especially when I manage to shove a log in with my eyes closed which ends up resting against the door and turning it black. Enter the greatest cleaning hack ever. I don’t even remember where I came across it but it’s amazing. My Mum had told us to invest in a specialist glass cleaning kit which we hadn’t got around to doing but who needs that when you all you need is a bit of kitchen roll or newspaper and some water?!

So here goes.

Dip some kitchen roll into some water and then dip the damp kitchen roll into the leftover ash in the bottom of the stove. It’s advisable to always keep a smaller layer of ash in the bottom during usage season and only clean it out completely at the end of winter. You can see at the bottom of the door there’s quite a thick line of soot with a lot of smearing on the door itself.


Gently rub the damp ash all over the door and you will literally take off any and all dirt left on the door. You may need to repeat the dipping a few times depending how dirty your door is but you certainly won’t need to scrub or use any force.


And voila, within 5 minutes and for free, you should have a beautiful new crystal clear door ready to show off the fire all over again.



Do you have any great cleaning hacks that actually work? I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Lucy
    February 18, 2016 / 10:17 am

    That’s amazing thanks for the tip! Will definitely use it 🙂

  2. Kerry
    February 18, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I know what you mean, we have an open fire, but the cleaning puts me off using it

    • Lins
      February 22, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Ugh I know exactly what you mean, my parents had an open fire when I was little and it was one of my jobs as I got older to clean out all the ash etc. But it was lovely at the same time when lit. What I find hardest to deal with is the fine layer of dust that seems to accelerate when you have a fire or log burner. No quick fix for that yet! X

  3. February 24, 2016 / 12:04 am

    That’s exactly what we do to clean our stove, too! It works so well, I can’t imagine why anyone would ever use a cleaning product.

  4. March 6, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Do you have any tips for repairing an open fire fireplace? A couple winters ago our heating went out, and the fire got so hot that it cracked up the face of the fireplace! I am not sure if there is something I can do to repair it at home…..what do you think?

    • Lins
      March 11, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Oh gosh that sounds tricky to fix!! I know that all around ours was plastered/rendered, depending where the crack it is it might be worth trying to re-render? SOrry I can’t be more help! X

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