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Polish fireplaces have glass doors. How to clean them?


SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Oct 2008 /  #1
People in Poland have closed fire places, with a glass door on them.
What is the best way to clean the glass, any home remedies? soda powder, lemon juice?
A lot of the things are different here in Poland because of the differences in temperature and humidity.
In Ireland I am used to an open fire place, I think we have them open because it is so humid, while Poland is dry and gets a lot colder so they need more heat, so they close them (no hanging your plasma T.V. over the fireplace here, I tell ya :)).
osiol 55 | 3,922  
25 Oct 2008 /  #2
I stayed in a house last winter with one of these fireplaces. It was lovely and warm. I can't remember how they cleaned it, but I vaguely remember that they cleaned me with vodka.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
25 Oct 2008 /  #3
What is the best way to clean the glass,

soapy water (washing up liquid) and one of those sponges you use for the pots n pans.

Works for us.

I've noticed that a big plasma tv also gives out plenty of heat.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Oct 2008 /  #4
Yeah they are more effective at heating the place.
I am not going to try Vodka though, the whole place could go up :)




Burning wooden pellets and coal are very popular here, they have a stoves in the basement and they work on the combi-boiling system.
Very cheap to maintain, also I think Polish people like to be self-sufficient (on local and governmental level) and not so reliant on, oh say Russian gas for example :)




soapy water (washing up liquid) and one of those sponges you use for the pots n pans.

The soft side? would the scower not scratch the glass and make it more difficult to clean next time?

I've noticed that a big plasma tv also gives out plenty of heat.

ha ha ha
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
25 Oct 2008 /  #5
The soft side?

I'd say a bit of both... depending on the dirt.

When our fire is used in winter it only gets cleaned once in a while because it's always lit. It only looks pretty in summer.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Oct 2008 /  #6
It only looks pretty in summer.

No point in looking good but feeling cold, i get you.
I just thought I could have the best of both worlds.




The glass broke when I transported the fireplace here.
Just bought new glass (smoke goes all over the place if there's no glass)
It was expensive though, 224 PLN but they said it was ceramic glass and it can take 700 degrees. I say expensive because i never paid for it before so any amount would have been too much.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
25 Oct 2008 /  #7
extra info:

When I do a big Christmas meal (not on Christmas Day) and never have enough gas rings I find that you can put one or two pots on top of the stove.

Also, when the fire is at the right temp, sit next to it, open the door, stick the poker in a slice of bread and make toast. You can also toast marshmallows etc. Yummy.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Oct 2008 /  #8
Also, when the fire is at the right temp, sit next to it, open the door, stick the poker in a slice of bread and make toast. You can also toast marshmallows etc. Yummy.

If I open the door the smoke bellows out, there is a (removable) steel ceiling in the fire place, so the heat doe not escape so fast. Do you remove that first?.

Also I have never seen marshmallows in this country, I thought they didn't have them? what are they called in Polish?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
25 Oct 2008 /  #9
If I open the door the smoke bellows out,

have you had a sweep check the chimney ?

there is a (removable) steel ceiling in the fire place,

I'm not sure what you mean and wouldn't want to give the wrong advice.

Also I have never seen marshmallows in this country

pianki
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Oct 2008 /  #10
have you had a sweep check the chimney ?

ha ha ha, it's new.
I used it last night for the first time. I will sort it out, somehow.

pianki

Cheers, I can't remember the last time I roasted them over a fire but it was years ago

Warning!!! Uwaga!!!

If you do get a fire place with a door and you decide to get it going again and you open the door, throw on the petrol, close the door find the lighter and then open the door and light it, a massive fireball will burn your face.

The chamber obviously fills with fumes and then when opened and light it, WOOOM!!! Fire ball!.
No prizes for figuring out how I found that out this morning.
There are easier and less painful ways of getting a tan and a hair cut:)
Wroclaw Boy  
26 Oct 2008 /  #11
No prizes for figuring out how I found that out this morning.
There are easier and less painful ways of getting a tan and a hair cut:)

Its a dangerous business alright. Ive just carried up around 200 kg's of wood and stacked it in the front room. Should last around three weeks hopefully.

What are you burning sean?
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
26 Oct 2008 /  #12
What are you burning sean?

Except for my face? ha ha ha, jesus it was a mess, i now have a suntan. I wear spectacles so me eyes are grand but me lips are fairly sore ha ha ha. The fire ball was huge, and my face was there to meet it. ha ha ha

Tree wood and the old fence from the house.
I' am still renovating the house, it's coming along well.

Do you cut the trees yourself or pay for them? if so how much do you pay?
Wroclaw Boy  
26 Oct 2008 /  #13
Except for my face? ha ha ha, jesus it was a mess, i now have a suntan. I wear spectacles so me eyes are grand but me lips are fairly sore ha ha ha. The fire ball was huge, and my face was there to meet it. ha ha ha

Sounds as though you were lucky not to get seriously burned.

Throughout the summer I have been chain sawing and chopping my own trees so I have a fair amount, probably not enough for the entire winter. Last time we checked you can buy seasoned fire wood for 100 PLN / m3.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
26 Oct 2008 /  #14
100 PLN / m3.

I only ever had coal fires in Ireland how many M3s would it to last a week, if you keep the oxygen low?
Actually it was polish coal most of the time.

Sounds as though you were lucky not to get seriously burned.

I was, Major loss of street cred,
Fecken egit i am, I kept thinking after, how obvious it was that that would happen.
I'll be grand though, ah sure, you're only young once but you'll be stupid for the rest of your life ha ha ha....
Wroclaw Boy  
26 Oct 2008 /  #15
I only ever had coal fires in Ireland how many M3s would it to last a week, if you keep the oxygen low?

I would estimate a m3 would last me around two weeks but I only ever light my fire in the evening, from 17:00 to 23:00, three decent sized logs burn for 45 minutes if that helps.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
26 Oct 2008 /  #16
if that helps.

Cool, just to get an idea, i will be ordering a truck load tomorrow.

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