Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Day

New Years day or not , it was the weekend and the only 2 days of the week Hubby and I get to spend together.

Because it had been warm the last couple days, we decided to let the woodstove go out, and give it a good mid-season cleaning.

The top of the oven is accessed through the lid on top left and the ashes and hard stuff is scraped to the side, and falls to the bottom.

By working the handle (that you pull to circulate the heat around the oven) back and forth, you also loosen any creosote build-up on it.

As well as the handle in back that opens and closes the draft, which is not really a problem unless you are constantly burning a low-heat fire.

There is a little trap door in the back (bottom right) where you clean out that ash and any creosote that builds up on the side walls.

The ash drawer gets cleaned, not only at this time but also every 2nd or at least 3rd day, and that is located under the fire box.

The oven gets a cleaning now also

As well as the entire outside washed and polished. The stove-top can be cleaned with a very fine sand-paper or emerycloth and a light rub with mineral oil shines it up nicely. This project promotes safety as well as a bright spot in the house.

That is the first of my "2011 clean-up, clean-out projects"
Wishing everyone a happy, blessed new year. Let the past be the past... this is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts.


Sue said...

Sunny your stove is spit shining, my it looks great! What a great feeling you must have. Are you like me, when you clean your stove, you are almost afraid to use it for fear of messing it up? lol
I enjoyed your Christmas tree decorations, simply beautiful.
Praying many more continued blessings for you and your family this year.
Hugs, Sue

rhonda jean said...

What a great stove. You must love cooking on and in it. If I had a choice, I would get one but Hanno says it would make him cough. I'd be quite content to get rid of all other appliances and just have that handsome stove sitting in my kitchen. You did a great job cleaning it. How old is the stove?

Susan said...

So nice and such a feeling of accomplishment to get projects like that done. I love CLEAN and always feel better when everything is spic & span.

Piecefulafternoon said...

That brings back memories of growing up in Alaska. We had a wood stove and eventually it was converted to fuel oil - baked the best cakes and bread in that old stove.

I remember well the cleanings, inside and out.

Dar said...

My, how I LOVE your stove. Nothing tastes finer than breads, soups and stews cooked on a wonderful wood stove like yours. My aunt and a cousin cook on one every day. You certainly take great care of it. It looks brand new. I can smell the bread baking.

Jennifer said...

Nice and Clean now...

Rose said...

Hey Sis!! Wow.... it looks great! And why is it I don't think I've ever seen the inside of your oven?? LOL... that hit me as I looked at that picture...

Sunny said...

Rose, Thats because you only visit in the summer when there is no fire in the stove, LOL!