With some elbow grease, sandpaper and a wire brush it doesn’t take long to make it look like new. We rarely use the oven in the winter when we cook but we do use the top of the stove a lot and we use it for heat.
Late fall I do a thorough top cleaning of the stove to make it look nicer and I use this product for polishing both of our woodstoves. It doesn’t smell or put off any fumes when the stoves are first heated each fall/winter season.
There are pipes in the back of the stove that run through the wall to the bathroom and circulates the water through the hot water tank.
This tank also serves as our heat source for the bathroom in the winter. It’s nice and toasty when you get out of the shower.
Back to the stove! I don’t clean the oven as it’s just too far gone to do a good job and I don’t think I would ever bake in it. We do keep the heat box cleaned out good. Normally when I’m cleaning the stove hubby is cleaning the chimney before our fire season begins. VERY IMPORTANT to clean that chimney every year. We also clean it during the heating season because there’s nothing more frightening than a flue fire. The stove is now being used on a regular basis until summer 2016 arrives!