Stove Black

I often cook on our wood stove (not a cookstove) and it is getting very grungy. How can I clean it and blacken it without the chemical stuff that needs lots of ventilation, not possible in the winter.Thanks

Claudette - January 26, 2011

Lehman’s is always a good source for information and products. I’m not sure about what to clean it with. I would think maybe a pumice brick like restaurants use on their grills (or used to use anyway). Here’s a link for some all natural stove black: or alternately just google lehmans and visit their site.

Curtis Sweitzer - January 26, 2011

The easiest way that I know would be to go to a wood stove store and buy a spray can of stove black spray paint. years ago I worked for a company that made wood stoves and after they are made I would first sand blast the metal then we would use this type of paint to coat the stoves and protect them from rust. After a stove was finished and needed any extra touch up due to bumps and scratches we used this spray cans for touch up work. These cans do not require a lot of ventilation just a open window and it will dry fairly quickly too. Just don’t forget to mask the walls and floor to avoid overspray messes.

    Jerry gurney - April 10, 2012

    Where can I purchase stove black?


Kathy - January 26, 2011

Could you treat it like a cast iron skillet and just grease it until the weather is warmer and you can blacken it?

Lynne Sargent - January 27, 2011

We used to clean our old cookstove this way: make sure the stove is warm, then wipe the surface with margarine on an old cloth or some wax paper, scrubbing the scratched/scuffed/dirty sections until clean. To polish, use waxed paper.

TomR - January 27, 2011

Lehman’s has a stove black that is just carbon and graphite. It might be what you want. Web address below.

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Annie - January 27, 2011

I would use baking soda. Just dampen the cold stove and sprinkle baking soda over it. Let sit for 20+/- min, then scrub with a stainless steel scrubber. It’ll take off burnt-on grease and grime. It’s lightly abrasive and scrubs nicely. Then you can lightly oil it and use wax paper on it. That’s how I clean my cast-iron pans. All-natural, no fumes!

    Alicia - February 8, 2011

    I agree on the baking soda. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean any of my hard to clean spots, mostly because my skin is allergic to harsh cleaners. I’ve had it work on everything from orange stains around the tub to plumbing glue that comes off my husband’s hands after work. I’ve also been told you can ball up aluminum foil and use it to scrub with on surfaces that aren’t easily scratched.

Amy J - February 9, 2011

I remember my Dad would always wab up a newspaper (not colored, just black print) and scrub that around on the hot stove top (then throw the paper in the fire) It doesn’t make it super shiny, but does keep it clean and nice looking.

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