Asked on Feb 8, 2013

cleaning a wood stove

Shelly FullerDiana DeileyNancy Ellis


can anyone tell me how to clean rust off of a wood stove?
9 answers
  • If your talking about the exterior of the stove, then you need to use a wire brush. If the rush is a bit more on the heavy side, you can get wire brushes that can be mounted on a drill to make the job a bit easier. Just be sure you use eye protection as the wires come off the wheel quite fast.

  • Terry S
    on Feb 9, 2013

    it is on the outside , will it clean off? or will i need to paint ?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Our little wood stove at our cabin had some surface rust, When we bought it used from some guy who had it stiiting out in his yard. I wired brushed it and then gave it a new coat of flat black "stove paint" The stove paint will smell a bit after a few firings but eventually "burns off". You can get stove paint at fireplace stores

    q cleaning a wood stove, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs, how to, Our Scandia 150 wood stove at the cabin
  • Terry S
    on Feb 19, 2013

    thank you, i would really like to get rid of it because of the hazards but i think i am getting outvoted:(. , if we are going to keep it it, needs some work (paint is a great idea , wasnt aware that that could be done.

  • Terra Gazelle
    on Sep 24, 2015

    Go over it with Navel Jelly..its what the navy uses to get rust off their ships. I have wrought Iron around my porch and living in Louisiana they rust rather badly. I use Navel Jelly, let it sit and wash it off..some of the thicher stuff needs a little scraping. But its easy to clean. Then use a stove paint for high temps. They now come in beautiful colors. I get the Navel jelly from Lowes.

  • Shellee Janze
    on Oct 5, 2015


  • Nancy Ellis
    on Oct 23, 2015


  • Diana Deiley
    on Nov 22, 2015

    I agree with Nancy.......WD-40 but my husband says Navel Jelly.

  • Shelly Fuller
    on Mar 3, 2016

    we had a wood stove, you use a wire brush to get off most of the rust , then at most stores that sell wood stoves they will have a black wood stove polish you paint that on with a brush and it looks good as new

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