Summer maintenance on your Stanley or Rayburn range cooker

With a solid fuel cooker, chimneys should be cleaned at least twice a year. Book a chimney sweep just before you want to begin using your stove on a regular basis again – this is particularly important if you haven't used your stove for a while.

If you have a cleaning door on the flue this will make cleaning the chimney easier as the chimney can be cleaned through the stove.

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The inside of the cooker should be cleaned regularly throughout the heating season. Now is a good time to give your cooker a thorough cleaning. Remove the hotplate, flue, bonnet and cleaning doors from the cooker before starting the cleaning process. Pay special attention to the removal of soot deposits which have accumulated on the sides of the oven. This operation is essential, otherwise the flow of combustion gases will be obstructed or even stopped, and satisfactory oven temperature will not be maintained. Soot deposits will also cause smoke from the cooker to cloud the kitchen.

If you have an oil range cooker it should be serviced on an annual basis by a service engineer approved by the appliance's manufacturer. This service can typically save up to 5% on your annual heating bill and will help to safeguard against appliance breakdowns. Typically the service consists of an internal cleaning of the boiler, fitting a new oil nozzle, checking air and oil pressure settings of the oil burner to ensure optimum boiler efficiency and a check of the heating controls on the range cooker/boiler.

Proper maintenance now of your solid fuel or oil range cooker will help to avoid problems occurring during the cold winter months.

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