How to Clean a Buck Stove
The Buck Stove Corporation is a North Carolina company known for its line of wood-burning stoves. Many of its stoves feature glass doors, attractive exteriors with decorative options, such as gold plating, and are approved for indoor and mobile home use. Due to its wood-burning nature, the stove's interior and glass panel can quickly become dirty. Learn how to clean the appliance to help restore its original appearance and sparkle.
Turn off the Buck stove. Wait several hours to ensure all the internal heat has dissipated and its metal surfaces are no longer hot.
Clean the Buck stove's glass front panel. Over time, this can become marred with ashes, burn marks and dust. Spray the inside and outside surface of the panel with a standard oven cleaning solution, available at most general retailers. Wipe dry with a cloth.
Use a homemade solution for cleaning the glass if you do not have oven cleaner on hand. Buck Stoves recommends a vinegar mix. Pour a cup of water and half a cup of white vinegar into a plastic spray bottle. Cover and shake vigorously to mix. Spray on the glass and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes before wiping dry with rags.
Leave the door open. Use a stiff brush, such as those used to brush barbecue grills, and brush down the interior of the Buck stove. This helps loosen any caked-on ashes, oil marks and charcoal.
Vacuum out the inside of the stove. This picks up the loosened debris from the brushing as well as any particles you may have missed.
Wipe down the interior with a rag dampened with water. Do not use cleaning solvents or standard cleaners on the metal because this may etch it or create a fire hazard.
Clean the catalyst chamber if you operate a catalytic Buck stove. The catalyst chamber is found on the top of the appliance. Use a dry soft rag and brush the chamber. Use a vacuum if it is heavily soiled with ash. Avoid using wet products or cleaning spray because they damage the catalyst and decreases its lifetime.
- Exercise caution when cleaning a recently used Buck Stove as the appliance may still have retained some of its heat and may be hot to the touch.
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