Cleaning your Ecco Stove
Like coventional cast iron stoves, we advise getting your stove swept once to twice per year.
We recommend using a registered sweep to get the stove swept. Please be mindful due to the internal set up of all our stoves, the stoves need to be swept through a sweeping hatch on the flue pipe.
If your sweep has any problems or questions sweeping your stove, please advise them to get in contact with us.
Cleaning the body
If you have a painted stove, we dont recommend cleaning the stove except from removing dust and residue with a duster. We do provide an extra tin of paint to touch up any areas of your stove if required. You are able to order extra paint from us should you require some.
If you have a natural (unpainted finish) stove, we advise the best way to remove any soot marks is by sanding the surface with sandpaper. Complete this sparingly and always get in touch should you have any questions in the process.
Cleaning the catalysts
As of 2022, Eco Design regulations state all stoves must be fitted with a catalyser. These are fitted to combat dust particulates to avoid any unncessary particulates to atmosphere. Under heavy use, these can entrap dust and are required to be checked/cleaned monthly or bimonthly.
How do you clean the catalysers?
Remove the lower baffle by removing the 4 pins. Lower down onto the grate. Remove the upper baffle by removing the 4 pins lower down on grate. The catalysers can be vacuumed in place or lifted out and vacuumed to ensure the dust entrapped is removed. Replace the catalysers into their space in the baffle brick and refit in reverse ensuring the 25mm rope is place both above the air box at the back and 25mm rope above the baffle front top.
Remove internal bricks, back brick, lower baffle and upper baffle by removing the pins.
Thsi will expose the cat carrier and catalysts.
Reach up and slide to left hand side, tilt and lower down gently.
Remove catalysts, clean and replace.
Reinstall and complete instructions in reverse.
The catalysers can be viewed through the front left and right cleaning plugs when the stove is not alight or by removing the pins in the inner door frame which holds the curve double leaf front of the baffle up in place.
Lift the weight of the baffle off the pins; remove the pins and the baffle will hinge down and rest on the stoves grate base section. The catalysers can be vacuumed in place or lifted out and vacuumed to ensure the dust entrapped is removed. Replace the catalysers into their space in the baffle brick and refit in reverse ensuring the 25mm rope is in place both above the air box at the back and 25mm rope above the baffle front top.
EC580 catalysers dropped down to cleaning position.
Birds eye view of EC645 catalysers
EC678 catalysers dropped down to cleaning position.
How do i know when the catalysers need to be cleaned?
This will be evidenced by lack of performance or smoking back.
The catalyser will need replacing after two years or earlier dependent on usage. This will be witnessed by a breakdown of the cells within which will appear distorted and closed. You can call or email our sales team who can provide a quote for replacement.
If you have any questions on cleaning/maintaining your catalysers, you can contact our office to discuss further or refer to your manual supplied with your stove.
Cleaning the glass
The best way to clean the glass on your Ecco Stove or any wood burning stove is to use a damp cloth/tissue paper and dip in the ash and use the ash as an abrasive to clean the glass.
Keep on top of your glass cleaning to avoid a build up.
Ensure you are burning dry wood as burning wet wood will cause extra smoke which will blacken the glass.
Best practise is to ensure that wood is placed towards the back of the stove to avoid the flames licking the glass.
Wiping away condensation when lighting the stove from cold ensures that the smoke doesn't stick to the glass and is general best practise.