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    Sparkling Fireplace Glass

    Sparkling Fireplace Glass. Photo by Chef Tweaker

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    Chef Tweaker's Note:

    We have a fireplace with glass doors. "How beautiful!" we thought when we bought the place. It didn't take long to figure out it was a curse rather than a blessing. They fog over with only one fire and within a week can be black and opaque. We tried many different techniques and even resorted to scraping it with a razor blade at times. I think I read this tip in a book full of similar tips. I didn't really believe that it would work but was pleasantly surprised! Cleanup has gone from a several hour affair to about 15 minutes. You can disregard the amounts... the recipe was rejected for lack of quantities originally so I had to add them to get it accepted.

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    Ingredients:

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    • 236.59 ml wood ash
    • 946.36 ml water
    • window cleaner

    Directions:

    1. 1
      IMPORTANT NOTE: after posting this recipe, I tried another time and was disappointed in the result. An additional important step for this to work is to do this while the glass is still warm from a fire. The creosote is softened at this point and it will wipe off easier.
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      Prep: lay down newspaper if you are worried about sludge dripping on your floor. Our area is all brick or cement so it isn't an issue for me. Wear gloves! I got lazy the last time and my hands are still recovering. Use a sponge with a scrubber that is about to be thrown out since it will be black beyond repair when you are done. I have had some light scratching from the scrubber so if you are concerned, use one that has the plastic scrubber for teflon.
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      Do NOT clean the inside of the fireplace first. You need the ashes that are inside!
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      Fill a bowl with plain warm water. Only use plastic if you don't care about it getting dirty.
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      Wet the sponge in the water. Dip the scrubber side into the whitest ashes of the fireplace. Rub the scrubber lightly over the black, baked on glass. I've noticed that it works best if you let that first application set for several seconds and then scrub it. You will see a bunch just melt off. There will be more that takes more scrubbing. Use the water to rinse the sponge occasionally and redip the sponge in the ashes as needed. I find the water has to be replaced with each pane of glass.
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      After you feel that the pane of glass is clean you will have to spray it with window cleaner and wipe with a paper towel, otherwise there will be a cloudy film left behind.
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      Double-check that you didn't miss anything since the cloudy film can mask some spots the first time.
    8. 8
      Why does this work? It turns out that lye is made from wood ashes -- hence the reason to wear gloves!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 22, 2009

      55

      This works! I do not use a glass cleaner afterwards, I use vinegar or ammonia for shining glass. I do not recommend ammonia (the fumes are overwelming) if you do not have lots of ventilation. Vinegar is safe. The white ashes are wonderful as a cleaning product. Further they are biodegradable and give that extra boost to soil for plants, gardens or soil around trees. Ash is also used to scrub plank wood floors in many countries. Thank you for posting. In this era and economy, many people do not realize they have products right at their fingertips to use again in any way.

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    • on July 21, 2009

      45

      This really does work. I have also found that it works on the baked on grease on the inside of my oven window.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sparkling Fireplace Glass

    Serving Size: 1 (948 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
     
    Calories from Fat 0
    %
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 28.4 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 0.0 g
    0%

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