How to clean wood burner glass for HD flame-watching 

That little bit of glass has been there for every romantic dinner and quick breakfast. Here's how to thank (clean) it

How To Clean Wood Burner Glass

Picture the scene: You’re sat with your partner, watching the fire — it’s so romantic. And we know what romantically watching the fire leads to… romantically cleaning the fireplace glass together! 

Cleaning the glass on the log burner is one of those jobs that requires a bit of hard work, but the results can be amazing (and atmospheric).  

The great news is that the best way to clean wood burner glass is straightforward and requires very little equipment. If you’d like to know how to keep wood burner glass clean and sparkling, this step-by-step guide will help make the process quick and easy. 


If you want to know how to keep wood burner glass clean between washes, simply wipe it with a piece of moistened kitchen paper that’s strong when wet (like Plenty Flexisheets) after every use. Just make sure the glass is cool before you touch it!

How to clean a wood burning stove

Before we get on to talking about how to clean wood stove glass, it’s important to mention what you need to do in preparation. Take the following steps before moving onto the finer details of cleaning the glass: 

  • Start off by removing the glass (it needs to be completely cool before you clean it, otherwise it may crack and you might burn yourself). Not cool. Literally. 
  • Pretend you’re some sort of chimneysweep and scoop out any build-up of soot and dirt at the base of your stove (keep some of it in a bowl, as we’ll come back to it later) 
  • Use a stiff brush to loosen other debris and clear away 

Cleaning glass on a log burner using ash

We’ve mentioned leaving some ash on the side, and here’s how you can use it for cleaning glass on log burner inserts. Of course, you can use the manufacturer’s glass cleaner, but this is a natural way of doing the job. Be prepared for a little hard work and plenty of scrubbing though. 

  • Wipe away loose ash and soot on the glass. Maybe draw a fun picture in the soot before you wipe it off? A message from your log burner perhaps? No? Alright, onto the next step then. 
  • Take your bowl of ash and add water until it forms a paste 
  • Dip a strong kitchen towel into the ash  
  • Rub the glass with the ash in a circular motion and gradually the marks will start to go 
  • Repeat the process until you’re happy you’ve got your glass clean.

Did you know wood-burning stoves emit greenhouse gases? Limiting your use of them to those chilly winter nights can help reduce your carbon footprint.

How to clean wood burner glass with vinegar

If you’re looking for the best way to clean wood burner glass without using a chemical spray, a combination of vinegar and water works wonders for a smart finish. After you’ve worked on the glass with your ash cleaner, use the vinegar to remove streaks and make the glass shine. Here’s how to do it: 

  • Begin by wiping away any leftover residue or haze on the glass with a strong and absorbent Plenty kitchen towel, and then wipe with a dry paper towel
  • Mix one-part vinegar with three parts water and pour into a spray bottle
  • Spray the solution over the glass and gently polish with your kitchen towel
  • Give it a final once over with the paper towel and you should be able to see your face in the glass

Now you know how to clean wood burner glass, you can give this method a try and enjoy your fire in all its glory!

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