Wood burning stove. How to avoid soot on the glass window?

I own a wood burning stove with a glass window in the front.
Right after lighting the stove the glass begins to be covered with soot and within half an hour nothing can be seen through it. It is not only soot, but resin as well and it is extremely hard to remove after the stove cools off.
I love to look at the flames, so: Does anyone know how to avoid this problem? Is there maybe any type of coating for the inside of the glass, so that soot cannot adhere to it?

  1. SeeingStripes
    on November 30th, -0001

    You need a fan that pulls the smoke out of the floot

  2. pricklycharacter
    on November 30th, -0001

    leave the door open

  3. Aravis
    on November 30th, -0001

    Could be what you are burning.
    Unseasoned or sappy wood like birch will do it.
    Might need to burn a little hotter w/ the logs set further back in the firebox.
    If you are getting “resin” (creosote ) on the door, best to keep an eye on the fluepipe for buildup as well.
    Nothing more “exciting” than a chimney fire.
    Best regards

  4. Stephen
    on May 29th, 2012

    Oven Cleaner found in Aerosol cans works very well for cleaning the door glass on combustion stoves/heaters and will not pit or damage the glass surface.
    A word of WARNING though, firstly, most of the aerosol oven cleaners are CAUSTIC and can cause mild to severe skin irritation!!! Wash off skin immediately!
    Secondly, ensure the fire is Completely Extinguished before spraying, some if not all of these products are flammable.
    Lastly, NEVER EVER spray the product onto Hot Glass, rapid cooling of the glass can cause it to shatter.
    Leave the product on for 5 minutes, do not allow it to dry on the surface, wipe off with paper towel, then with a damp cloth, remove any excess remaining. Depending upon surface build up, a repeat application may be required.

  5. Bruce
    on October 21st, 2017

    I was having the same problem, just cleaned yesterday, lit it tonight and it started to go black again…. Then I found this post.
    While reading I had left the stove running very hot, and noticed that the discoloration was disappearing while I was reading the comments on this post, so mine cleaned on its own just by running a hotter fire, I hope this helps you

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Wood burning stove. How to avoid soot on the glass window?

I own a wood burning stove with a glass window in the front.
Right after lighting the stove the glass begins to be covered with soot and within half an hour nothing can be seen through it. It is not only soot, but resin as well and it is extremely hard to remove after the stove cools off.
I love to look at the flames, so: Does anyone know how to avoid this problem? Is there maybe any type of coating for the inside of the glass, so that soot and resin cannot adhere to it?

  1. MorningAfter
    on November 30th, -0001

    It”s the wood you’re burning. It’s either too wet or unseasoned. If you’re cutting an splitting your own wood, it should “season” for at least 6 months in a dry condition. Keep covered until ready to burn. If you don’t have that luxury, you can buy seasoned wood from a reputable supplier, and mix in your “green” wood once the fire is burning hot. This will keep the glass clean. I don’t know of any product you can put on the glass that will prevent soot buildup.

  2. Fantasies
    on November 30th, -0001

    If the stove is attached to the chimney it could be soot from the chimney. Just before I start my wood stove for the winter the we clean the chimney. Also clean out the inside of the stove using a shop vac. Another option is to call a chimney sweep.

  3. Erica
    on September 27th, 2015

    Ok so I’m a renter and we have a wood stove. Every time we start a fire the door turns black within minutes. I clean only to reclean the next day. So now Rosa rhus is what I do now and it’ll awesome. I cleaned my door thoroughly removing all soot and build up. Then I took oil-free eye makeup remover by neutrogena and/or marykay wiped the glass. ….I lit my fire and guess what. ….no black glass…..it’s great. Usually when I light my stove within 3 minutes the door is solid black. …..now I get to enjoy the heat and ambience!

  4. Recker
    on September 27th, 2015

    Ok so I’m a renter and we have a wood stove. Every time we start a fire the door turns black within minutes. I clean only to reclean the next day. So now Rosa rhus is what I do now and it’ll awesome. I cleaned my door thoroughly removing all soot and build up. Then I took oil-free eye makeup remover by neutrogena and/or marykay wiped the glass. ….I lit my fire and guess what. ….no black glass…..it’s great. Usually when I light my stove within 3 minutes the door is solid black. …..now I get to enjoy the heat and ambiencepm

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