Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: LDPosse On: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:44 am

BPatrick wrote:LDPosse,

I read your post about the Rutland...do you know if it works well for Mica? I've gotten creosote on mine from start up and ocassional wood burning, (no more wood burning in the stove) and I've tried wet paper towel and glass cleaner. I don't want to have to re-cut mica windows. Any thoughts


Not sure if it will work on mica or not. Might want to try it on just a corner of the mica to see if it works.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: BPatrick On: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:14 am

Thanks for the heads up. I've burned wood for years before switching. I had a Lopi Liberty stove and it always burned off the creosote from the glass and very little work was necessary to get it really clean. I use kiln dried wood in my Herald and it creates creosote. I used to burn wood occasionally to take the chill off on spring and fall days; but as I've gotten better at burning coal, I'm able to manage lower temps that make wood burning obsolete in my house. I figured that as I fired up the stove the creosote would burn off. I don't want to break the mica or scratch it, I don't know if that's possible with a sponge. I will try this.

thanks for your help!

Brian
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Vinmaker On: Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:07 pm

This was a very timely post guys. I'll be firing up my stove soon and need to clean the glass/mica/ceramic. Gonna try the methods talked about here. thanks.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: LDPosse On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:48 pm

It's a little late now, but I took a video of cleaning the glass in the door of my DS Machine. You don't need to apply much elbow grease with this stuff.

http://youtu.be/ndHBOzNYOwY
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: KingCoal On: Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:03 pm

i had a kind of "punky" wood fire in my stove to burn off the oils and set the paint thta just made a mess of my glass, looked like them kids in their ricky racer cars you can't tell for sure if someone's actually drivin'.

i did the wet paper towel dabbed in ash thing and it worked fantastic.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: KingCoal On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:45 pm

LDPosse wrote:It's a little late now, but I took a video of cleaning the glass in the door of my DS Machine. You don't need to apply much elbow grease with this stuff.

http://youtu.be/ndHBOzNYOwY


nice vid, never mind the comment, i found the product on the first page of the thread
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: dustyashpan On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:19 pm

Thechap wrote:What can I use to clean the glas on my coal stove? Many thanks!


windex & dish scrubby pad will do, any remains razor scrape
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: franco b On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:40 pm

Plain four o steel wool works very well in most cases for coal deposits.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: JohnB On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:52 pm

I used the Rutland stuff to clean the windows on my Jotul woodstoves. Always did a good job. So far after 2 months of daily use I haven't gotten anything but fly ash on the Hitzer window & it just wipes off with a damp cloth.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Mossylog On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:15 pm

Hi,
After breaking and replacing several panes of mica in our antique parlor stove trying to keep them clean enough to watch the fire, we found that they clean amazingly easy if we spray the panes with a light coat of clear silicon spray after we clean them.
Now we just wipe or spray a little degreaser on them (Simple Green is great) and rinse the doors under the faucet or wipe them VERY gently. The soot seems to fall off!
Our antique Amherst burner has three sides with mica glass doors, 22 panes on the front and 15 panes on each side. A real pain to clean at first!! But oh, so beautiful to watch the logs or coals burning and warming our home!
Now we just start the morning with a quick rinse and wipe of each door, then re-spray of the clear silicon before we light it for the day.
Hope this helps :)
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Photog200 On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:16 pm

Mossylog wrote:Hi,
After breaking and replacing several panes of mica in our antique parlor stove trying to keep them clean enough to watch the fire, we found that they clean amazingly easy if we spray the panes with a light coat of clear silicon spray after we clean them.
Now we just wipe or spray a little degreaser on them (Simple Green is great) and rinse the doors under the faucet or wipe them VERY gently. The soot seems to fall off!
Our antique Amherst burner has three sides with mica glass doors, 22 panes on the front and 15 panes on each side. A real pain to clean at first!! But oh, so beautiful to watch the logs or coals burning and warming our home!
Now we just start the morning with a quick rinse and wipe of each door, then re-spray of the clear silicon before we light it for the day.
Hope this helps :)

That is a beautiful stove and setup!
Randy
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Mossylog On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:08 pm

Thanks,
We've had the stove for awhile, finally built the heat shield for he wall required by the fire marshall and fired it up.
We are burning wood in for now, so the glass panes soot up quickly. We have been cleaning them about every 2 days.
I'd like to try coal, but I am totally ignorant on that subject. What's the difference between stove coal and the barbeque briquettes we get for the grill?
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: wsherrick On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:13 pm

Mossylog wrote:Thanks,
We've had the stove for awhile, finally built the heat shield for he wall required by the fire marshall and fired it up.
We are burning wood in for now, so the glass panes soot up quickly. We have been cleaning them about every 2 days.
I'd like to try coal, but I am totally ignorant on that subject. What's the difference between stove coal and the barbeque briquettes we get for the grill?


I hate to tell you that your base burner is specifically designed for Anthracite Coal ONLY as its fuel. Burning wood is very damaging to these stoves. They are not made for wood burning. If you burned the fuel it was made for you will think you have a different stove. These are among the most efficient heating appliances ever made if you burn the proper fuel in it.
Get some coal. Get some coal quick.
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Photog200 On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:18 pm

Mossylog wrote:Thanks,
We've had the stove for awhile, finally built the heat shield for he wall required by the fire marshall and fired it up.
We are burning wood in for now, so the glass panes soot up quickly. We have been cleaning them about every 2 days.
I'd like to try coal, but I am totally ignorant on that subject. What's the difference between stove coal and the barbeque briquettes we get for the grill?

If you try anthracite coal, you will not want to burn anything else in that stove! The difference between briquettes and coal are like night and day. Briquettes are a wood by product and coal is almost like rocks. It is a fossil fuel but one of the cleaner burning ones. Most people on here that are burning coal, only have to tend to the stove every 12 hours. Just shake the ashes down and reload it...that's it. You will find that you have to clean those pieces of mica a lot less often as well.

You are in the right place to learn about burning coal in your stove so please ask questions. You can also go to several places to read up on how to start a coal fire. I just started burning coal last January and I got so much information on this site...if I can learn it, you can too.
Randy
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Re: Cleaning glass on a Harmon Mark III

PostBy: Mossylog On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:35 pm

Thanks,
I am looking for a source for coal around here now.
I used some of our barbeque briquettes, but they are small and fall through the gears/grate at the bottom of the firebox. Is there another plate or grate I need to hold the coal?

I really appreciate the information!
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