How to Repaint a Wood Burning Stove?

Give your old wood burning stove a fresh look with a coat of high-heat paint! First, ensure the stove is cool and clean. Protect your surroundings and remove any hardware. Then comes the fun part!

Choose a heat-resistant paint and apply thin coats, letting each dry completely. Some paints require curing by gradually heating the stove afterward. With a little prep work, your stove will be radiating warmth and style!

Tools to Repaint a Wood Burning Stove:

Below are some tools that you need to repaint a wood burning stove, so make sure that you have most of the items with you.

  1. High-temperature paint
  2. A wire brush or steel wool
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Drop cloths or newspapers
  5. Masking tape
  6. Paint thinner
  7. Respirator or mask
  8. Safety goggles
  9. Gloves
  10. Clean cloth or rags
  11. Paintbrush or paint sprayer (if applicable)

Things to Keep in Mind Before Repainting

  • Make sure the stove is completely cool.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear safety glasses, gloves, and a respirator.

These three things are very important to make sure that no problem occurs during the repainting of wood burning stove.


  1. Clean the stove: Remove ash, dust, and any loose paint with a wire brush, sandpaper, or degreaser.
  2. Protect the surroundings: Cover the floor and nearby furniture with drop cloths. Remove or mask off hardware like handles and glass doors.
  3. Test the paint: Apply a small amount of paint on an inconspicuous area to check for compatibility with the existing paint.


Now, we will start the painting process in which we will do our repainting:

  1. Choose high-heat paint: Look for paint specifically designed for wood burning stoves. These paints can withstand high temperatures without burning off or releasing harmful fumes.
  2. Apply thin coats: 2 to 3 thin coats are generally better than one thick coat. This helps prevent cracking and peeling.
  3. Let it dry completely: Allow ample drying time between coats as per the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

How quickly can I use my stove after repainting?

Wait for at least 4 hours and after 4 hours you can use the stove, but it’s recommended to start with a low burn for 10 minutes, then increase to medium for an hour, and finally crank it up to high for another hour.

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