Old Uncle Ham's Method-Works Everytime Without Fail !
1.) Spread Large Drop Cloth Under Opened Door
2.) Take Hammer And Bust Out Glass
3.) Install New Glass That Dealer Tried To Drill Your Eyes Out On
4.)Curse And Swear At Any Corroded Glass Retainers You've Encountered During Process
5.)Check Door Gasket While You're At Your Wit's End,Close Door
As far as being cheap,no. As far as being effective,oh hell yes.I dunno,but it seems you've gotten some good method advice on cleaning already. BE Gentle ! In all seriousness,check those supposed"Glass Wash" ports above and below glass to be sure they're open and not clogged. As far as black dust and fly ash,if your stove is drafting properly,get a 2nd ash pan. Open ash door easy,and slowly retrieve full pan and set on non combustable surface. Install empty pan and close door. Remove full pan to outside dump area. When it's coal load time,same deal...Open door easy,have coal load in scuttle that allows you an easy throw in while draft is sucking room air and any dust from the load straight into the stove. Close the door easy and lock Always stage your scuttle filling in the garage and not the house..And never walk away from a stove with any of the doors open,not even for a few seconds.If you get sidetracked or diverted,you'd hate yourself.