How to clean your kettle
Cleaning your kettle
The inner chimney of your kettle should not need to be cleaned (I have never cleaned my own kettle which is now over 20yrs old). We find that the soot tends to dry up and flake off over time and it never really builds up to such an extent that it hinders the performance of the kettle.
Dry hardwoods burn very clean and leave little or no residue. On the other hand however, pine cones can be quite waxy and can leave a sticky residue on the inner chimney wall of the kettle.
If ever you felt that it needed a slight cleaning then:
We know that some wire wool and soapy warm water can be used to gently clean the chimney.....although this will require some elbow power!
Another tip we heard was to spray it with WD40, let it soak for a while and then wipe it off!
Another easy sounding idea is to spray on oven cleaner ...then simply wipe off later with paper towels! (Thanks for the tip Dave) CARE: Please use the appropriate Cleaner for your make of Kettle i.e. Aluminium or Stainless Steel. If you use a cleaner that is not suitable for the metal of your kettle, it may cause corrision.
Of course, I could be accused of been lazy for not cleaning my own kettle but ... Mark Marshall in the U.S. kindly wrote in and pointed out that heat is infrared electromagnetic energy which is absorbed better by a black surface than a reflective one. So, it is quite possible that a slightly sooty chimney actually helps the kettle heat more quickly and efficiently....than a clean one! The sooty chimney certainly adds character to ones kettle! :-)