How to Clean the Glass Door of a Wood Stove

A glass door keeps stray sparks safely inside your wood burning stove while allowing an unobstructed view of the fire within. Yet the glass quickly becomes covered in a smoky haze, marring the stove's aesthetic appeal and potentially diminishing the heat the stove puts out. Regular cleaning prevents this and removes flammable creosote from the glass, keeping your wood stove beautiful and safe.


Collect sheets of old newspaper and wad them into a ball. Dip the ball into a container of warm water and then roll it in cooled ash. Apply the ash to the door in a circular, overlapping pattern. Continue moistening and dipping the newspaper into the ash as needed.

Lay a new razor blade flat against the surface of the glass. Scrape the areas covered in heavy, caked-on buildup. Keep the blade flat to avoid scratching the glass.

Mix 1 tbsp. of dish soap with 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Apply the mixture to the glass with old newspaper or a clean rag. The soap loosens the soot while the vinegar leaves the glass sparkling.

Polish the metal frame around the glass door with hearth cleaner. Apply the product to a clean rag and gently buff the metal until you achieve a brilliant shine.