On delivery, a protective oil based film covers the polished surfaces. This should be removed using WD40 and a soft clean cloth before the first fire is lit. During it’s working life we recommend that WD40 be occasionally applied, particularly if the fire is not being used, to avoid surface rust appearing.
Under no circumstances should a water based cleaner be used to clean the surface.
With Fire baskets or Fire Fronts moisture or rain dropping onto the surface will cause rusting. Seek advice from your local retailer about a chimney cowl if one has not already been fitted.
Polished surfaces on fire frets and fire fronts will discolour when used with solid fuel and even some gas fires, where the heat source is too close to the polished area. When using ceramic coals or pebbles ensure these do not touch any polished surface, and try to allow as big a gap as possible to reduce the risk of discolouration.
When using gas fires, the by-products of combustion can cause a whitening of the fireback. This can usually be removed with a soft brush. Please refer to the manufacturers instructions regarding fuel layout etc. Also if your product is supplied with a damper plate, this must be fixed in an open position.
These can be used for solid fuel. Every effort has been made to ensure your purchase will perform satisfactorily for many years, but some precautions are recommended.
1) Burn small fires initially, this will temper the iron.
2) High temperature paint is used on the working parts of the fire, but eventually this will burn off. A proprietary high temperature paint, obtainable from your local Fireplace dealer can be used to recoat the surface if required.
3)Avoid the use of petroleum based coals as the heat generated can cause damage to the cast iron surface. Similarly, continued “heaping” of fuel can damage the facing of your product, so try to avoid excessive use of fuel.
4) Clean ash away regularly, a build up under the fire will cause the grate to burn through quickly.
5) Avoid the use of very small pieces of coal as these can fall through the fire bars or your fire fret. A fireguard is always recommended.
Never leave a fire unattended
These are not recommended for solid fuel as the coated surface may peel under high temperatures. The surface should be cleaned with a nonabrasive material and soft clean cloth, as abrasives will eventually wear away the coating.
These instructions are intended as a guide only and cannot possibly cover all eventualities. However, sensible use should ensure many years of trouble free operation. No liability can be accepted where these precautions are not followed.
If you have an open solid fuel fire we for the best result using a black fire front to avoid discoloration during use, if the product does discolor it can simply be painted with either Grate Paint of Stove Paint depending on your required finish. We also have a range of Victorian Fire Fronts available click the image below for more information.
Cast iron is principally a hand made product. As with all materials poured into a mould, some variation in size and finish is inevitable. Above all, your fireplace is a heat source and can be dangerous if misused. Please exercise caution at all times especially where children, the elderly or infirm are concerned. We advise that both a Spark Guard and Fire Guard should be used with any open fire.
When this product is used with solid fuel, it is for occasional decorative use and is not intended as a primary or secondary heating appliance. Any future SAP calculations for the Energy Performance Certificate need to take note that the installation of this equates to an “open chimney” situation.