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Is There a Homemade, Environmentally Safe Recipe for Coating or Sealing the Outside of a Woodstove Once I’ve Removed the Rust With Steel Wool?

1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

Tags: woodstove, sealing

Is there a homemade, environmentally safe recipe for coating or sealing the outside of a woodstove once I’ve removed the rust with steel wool?

Micki Wombold
Kettering, Ohio

I don't know of a homemade recipe for a stove coating, but standard stove polish is an option for coating stoves. The popular brands claim to be water-based and non-toxic. I have used them and haven't noticed a smell when applied or when the stove is fired. The big advantage of stove polish is that it can be applied easily any time the stove is cold. The disadvantages, compared to paint are that it produces a sort of transparent finish and rubs off if you touch the stove. Even if you buff the stove after application, it might still smudge. Stove polish works best on cast iron rather than steel stoves. You can find stove polish at most hardware stores.

 John Gulland, The Wood Heat Organization Inc.,

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S Knapp
7/9/2010 6:11:37 PM
We have used a product sold through Lehmans. It contains graphite and it doesn't smell much at all. I think it is more intended for cast iron but we used it on our sheet metal stove and it works great. It is so much better than the high temperature paint!

7/8/2010 8:48:30 PM
This is just a suggestion that might be worth a try. Why not season the exterior of the stove in the same manner as seasoning a cast iron pan? My thinking is this should work but may produce some smoke so open some windows first! Use shortening melted and rubbed onto the stove very thin almost like dry polished, then heat the stove allow to cool, repeat this a few times and I would think it would give a fine finish. The shortening will bond to the metal and lol possibly be non stick as well! Let me know if this works.

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