Glass Cleaner

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Post Thu. Sep. 18, 2008 12:58 pm

I have only fired my stove for a total of maybe 12 hrs but this stuff wipes it right off. I use it for everything, best part is it's a $1 a bottle at the local dollar store. I know they say the have a glass cleaner, but I have used it on my work vehicle and my vehicles to remove bugs for a couple years. Works well.

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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 6:12 am

I was wondering about using a wet rag to clean the window as my manual says to clean it only when the glass is cool.

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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 6:48 am

Jack Magnum wrote:I was wondering about using a wet rag to clean the window as my manual says to clean it only when the glass is cool.
Good point Jack...I can't I imagine it could be good for the (expensive) hot glass to be suddenly subjected to cool fluid. What I do is use the Rutland glass cleaner on my stove window when the stove is coolest & then apply a dab on a rag/paper towel & then rub it onto the window & then right off. I'll cringe when I hear the sizzling sound I always get but:
I have yet to crack a window this way
I do it infrequently (maybe once/twice a month)
It leaves a nice clean window

I would never put anything cool/cold on a hot window & I would never spray anything directly onto the glass. Put it on the rag.
(I keep the tube of Rutland glass cleaner in a warm area so that I'm never applying anything cool to the hot window....It makes no sense to only clean the glass when the stove is off though because many of us run our stoves 24/7 straight through the heating season)
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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 7:42 am

I have sprayed Windex directly on the hot glass with no issues, although I do it when the fire has just been covered with fresh coal -- keeps the heat down.
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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 8:44 am

SMITTY wrote:I have sprayed Windex directly on the hot glass with no issues,
You're a braver man than me Smitty! :shock:
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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 8:58 am

i read here that smooth oven top cleaner works well. I just put new glass in and want to keep it clean for as long as I can. I had somebody get me some Weiman cleaner. I made a cover for the front of the stove. got the idea from Jerry at L.L.. i'll wait till the stove goes idol and open the door and put the cover over the hole. when the door cools , I will clean it.
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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 10:19 am

My stoker doesn't have a window, but my woodstove does. I use newspaper to clean it before I fire it up, then white vinegar on paper towel once a week to really clean it well.
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Post Sat. Oct. 04, 2008 11:15 am

I have mentioned this before but try this one ,Cut an onion in half and wipe it slowly over the glass ,wait a few minutes and wipe it off with a paper towel it works wonders.
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Post Sun. Nov. 02, 2008 7:10 pm

I haven't had any problems with keeping my glass clean up until a few days ago. All along, I've simply opened the door and quickly wiped with a shop towel and it's come clean, no prob.

The only thing that has changed recently is I've adjusted my feed rate to true idle. I was burning way too much coal. Now I have a 1" fire on idle and it's been working great. However, I noticed that the glass was staring to get cloudy. When I went to clean it my usual way, it felt courser than usual. Since we're back in the 60s for the rest of the week, I shut down and after the door cooled, I tried some of the tips on this thread. The glass is now slick with no apparent film. However, after wiping whichever cleaner off, it stays real clear for a split second and then clouds up again.

Any ideas as to what is causing this and a good solution.

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Post Sun. Nov. 02, 2008 7:50 pm

There is no good solution, it is inevitable that the glass will look cloudy. Save yourself a lot of hassle and just live with it.
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Post Sun. Nov. 02, 2008 11:11 pm

After all the cleaning,mine finally clouded up and now always has a light haze immediately after cleaning that won't come off.Clouds up real quick,will try the half onion next. RichB

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Post Mon. Nov. 03, 2008 7:17 am

Yeah, it's the oddest thing. If I spray the glass (cool) with water, it is crystal clear. After wiping the water, it's clear for a second or two and then......hazy. I did notice that when I clean the outside of the glass, it has that "squeaky" clean sound while the inside is very slick. Maybe there is a film . Many of you have stated how "clean" you've been able to keep your glass. Is that clean, as in clear?

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Post Mon. Nov. 03, 2008 8:20 am

I use a damp newspaper to clean the glass when the stove is idling - the glass is hot enough to "steam clean" it, but not hot enough to evaportate the water too quickly. That gets most of the stuff off. But, even after only 1 year and 1-1/2 tons of coal, it's getting etched and scratched a bit.

I did polish it before starting up the stove this year with Barkeeper's Friend, and it didn't remove the etching or scratches, but it did remove a lot of the slightly cloudy film from the glass and made it look a lot better.

I'm very fond of Barkeeper's Friend - it's a very mild cleaner compared to Bon Ami or Comet, and it is the ONLY thing I have found that will remove the rust film that builds up over time in our showers. We have well water (and a softener), but there is still enough iron content that we get a film of rust. Nothing I tried will take it off until I tried the Barkeeper's Friend - and then it just disappears. But, it doesn't scratch the fiberglass surface whatsoever.

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Post Mon. Nov. 03, 2008 11:30 am

I tried them all..ash paste, vinegar. newspaper, bar keepers friend etc none worked that great... Just now I tried oven cleaner...it took off all the baked on creasote left on the glass with ezz. Just let it sit for 5 minutes and wipe it off with a damp sponge.

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Post Mon. Nov. 03, 2008 9:21 pm

gambler wrote:Save yourself a lot of hassle and just live with it.
Agreed. :(
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