How to replace Wood Stove Door Gasket? (User’s Guide)

Wood stoves are used for heating homes in some regions. As with any appliance, the stove door gasket will eventually need to be replaced. Follow this guide on how to replace your wood stove door gasket safely and efficiently!

The first step is to clean the area around the door frame where you plan on removing the old sealant tape with a degreaser or soap and water mixture. Next, use an X-acto knife or razor blade scraper to remove all of the old sealant tape from both sides of the glass window. The third step is to wet down one side of new sealant tape with soapy water before applying it over one side of glass window using a putty knife or scraper.Midwest Wood Stove Replacement Gasket Kit

Replacing a wood stove door gasket can be a daunting task, but we’ve created this guide to make it as simple and straightforward as possible. If you’re not confident in your ability to do this yourself, we recommend contacting an expert who specializes in this field. But if you want to give it a try, here is what you need:

  • A new door gasket that is the same size or larger than the existing one.
  • Flat head screwdriver.
  • Utility knife or scissors.
  • Razor blade scraper.
  • Soap and water mixture in a spray bottle.

Putty knife or scraper tool. We recommend using one with an angled edge to make it easier to press the seal into place. You can also use your fingers for this step if you want, but we don’t recommend doing so as there is a greater risk of getting cut.

  • Glass cleaner.

Once you have all of the supplies, follow these steps:

  • Remove the screws from around the door frame using a flat head screwdriver. There may be one or more screws on each side, so make sure to check both sides.
  • Open the door and gently lift it off of the stove.
  • Carefully remove the old door gasket from around the frame. It’s likely that some of the old sealant will still be attached, so use a razor blade scraper or X-acto knife to remove it completely.
  • Apply soapy water to the area where you will be applying the new door gasket.

Apply a generous amount of sealant tape around both sides of glass window opening. When putting on your new door gasket, make sure that it is straight and centered within the frame. If there are any gaps or bubbles along its edge, use soap water mixture for easier pressing and remove excess air.

Replace door on stove and replace screws around door frame. Make sure the screws are tight, but do not over tighten as this can damage the stove.

Close the door and check to make sure it closes properly and is sealed tightly. If there are any gaps, reattach the sealant tape until it is properly sealed. If you are using a glue gasket, skip this step and instead follow the instructions that come with your product.

Reinstall stove into its original location or where ever it was originally located.

Wood stoves get hot enough to burn through many materials, which means they also require regular maintenance in order to stay safe. The door gasket is an important part of this process because it helps prevent heat and smoke from escaping. However, in order to do its job properly, the door gasket must be replaced every few years or when needed. This guide can help you through that process!

What is the Door Gasket and what does it do?

The door gasket is a rubber ring around the edge of your wood stove’s door. It creates an airtight seal between the outside and inside to keep heat in, smoke out, and bugs/critters from making their way into your home.

  • Over time, the gasket can deteriorate and crack, resulting in heat loss and possible house fires. So it’s important to replace it when necessary.
  • You can usually tell if your door gasket needs replacing if you see a lot of smoke coming from your stove, or if the fire is burning very inefficiently.
  • The good news is, replacing the door gasket is a pretty easy process and can be done in just a few minutes.
  • Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

How to identify the type of Stove you have?

There are different types of stoves. This guide will focus on wood stove door gasket replacement for the most common type, which is cast iron or steel doors that seal with a closed-cell neoprene foam strip. A second alternative to sealing an existing opening is to install a new metal door and use either high temperature silicone sheeting or fiberglass insulation to seal the opening.

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If you are not sure what type of stove you have, try to find the manufacturer and model number on a plate or sticker on the appliance. If there is no identifying information on your stove, take a picture and post it in our forum for identification by other members.

Tools needed for this project are:

  • Utility knife.
  • Plyers.
  • Screwdriver.
  • New gasket for wood stove door.
  • Step One: Pry off the old gasket with a utility knife. Be careful not to cut yourself!
  • Step Two: Use plyers to remove screws from the door frame.
  • Step Three: Carefully remove the door from the frame.
  • Step Four: Install new gasket, using screws removed in Step Two. Be sure to put the screws back in the same holes!
  • Step Five: Reattach door to frame, being careful not to pinch or damage the gasket.
  • Step Six: Test the door for fit and seal.

If the gasket is not fitting well, or if there are any gaps in the seal, you may need to adjust it slightly. Use a screwdriver to tighten or loosen screws as needed. When you are satisfied with the fit and seal of the gasket, reattach the door to the stove.Imperial Store Wood Stove Replacement Gasket Kit

Now your wood stove door is properly sealed and you can enjoy a cozy fire once again!

If you have any questions about this project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help!

Steps to replace a Stove Door Gasket

  • Turn off the stove and allow it to cool completely.
  • Remove the screws that hold the door in place. Gently lift the door off of its hinges.
  • Locate the gasket on the door frame and remove it by pulling it away from the frame.
  • Install the new gasket by pressing it firmly into place.
  • Replace the door and secure it with screws that have been removed earlier.
  • Turn on the stove to see if flames are still visible through the bottom of the gasket. If not, adjust as needed before turning off again and allowing a few hours for more cooling time.

If there is no fire at the bottom of the door, it is likely that the gasket has not been installed properly and will need to be replaced again.

  • Be sure to allow enough time for the stove to cool before cleaning.

Replacing a wood stove door gasket can seem like a daunting task, but with these simple steps it can be done in just a few minutes. If the gasket is not properly installed, flames may not be visible at the bottom of the door. Be sure to allow enough time for the stove to cool before cleaning. Follow these steps and your wood stove will be running like new in no time!

When should I consider replacing my Stove Door Gasket?

The gasket on your wood stove door is a critical part of the safety and efficiency of your stove. Over time, the gasket can become brittle and crack, which can lead to heat loss and combustion gases escaping from the stove. If you notice that your gasket is cracked or damaged, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible.

If your stove is older than five years, or if you’ve had any problems with the door seal in the past, it’s a good idea to replace the gasket every few years. If you use your stove frequently, you may need to replace it more often.

Replacing the gasket is a quick and easy process, and it’s important to make sure that the gasket is properly installed in order to maintain the safety and efficiency of your stove. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for replacing your wood stove door gasket.

Tools Required:

  • Screwdriver.
  • Utility knife.
  • Hammer.

Replacing the Gasket:

  • Start by removing the screws that hold the door frame to the stove. There may be one or two screws at the top of the door frame, and one or two screws at the bottom.
  • Once the screws are removed, pull the door frame away from the stove. It may be a bit stiff, so you’ll need to pull firmly in order to release it.
  • Once the frame is removed, take out any old gasket material that remains inside of your stove door opening using pliers or tweezers. Throw away any leftover pieces of gasket and clean the area thoroughly with a dry cloth.
  • Measure the inside of your stove door opening, and cut a new gasket to that size using a utility knife or scissors. Make sure you leave about one inch around all sides in order to ensure an adequate seal when you install it on the door frame later on.
  • Slide the new gasket into the door opening, and use a hammer to tap it into place. Be careful not to damage the gasket by hitting it too hard.
  • Replace the door frame on the stove, and secure it in place with the screws. Make sure that the gasket is properly seated against the stove before tightening the screws.
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Warnings about Heating your home with an Old Wood-Burning Stove (or other outdated heating system)

  • You may be unwittingly exposing yourself and your family to harmful levels of emissions from the stove.
  • An improperly installed or malfunctioning wood stove can release large amounts of carbon monoxide, a deadly gas.
  • Wood smoke is also known to contain numerous toxic chemicals, including benzene, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes and acrolein.
  • A wood stove release fine particles (PM), which can lead to cardiovascular or respiratory disorders after long term exposure.

Do not attempt this project without the right tools & materials!

  • Safety Goggles, heavy Duty Work Gloves & a Respirator with Organic Vapor Cartridges.
  • A quality replacement gasket for your stove or fireplace door will be required. You can purchase them at any hardware store nearby.
  • Replacing the gasket of your stove is a relatively simple project, but you will need to use some tools. A screwdriver and an adjustable wrench will be required for this job.
  • Make sure that the area around the door on which you are working has adequate lighting (preferably natural light) or install new lights to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Start by removing the old gasket from your stove door using a screwdriver to lift up one side of it and then pry off with an adjustable wrench until you have removed all of the existing gasket material.
  • To install your new, replacement Door Gasket: Make sure that the door is completely clean and free of any dirt, dust or debris.
  • Apply a thin layer of high-temperature sealant (or stove gasket cement) to the entire surface of the replacement gasket.
  • Carefully position the new gasket in place on the door, making sure that it is aligned properly.
  • Use the screwdriver to secure it in place on each side, and then use the adjustable wrench to tighten the screws until they are snug.
  • Allow the sealant or stove gasket cement to dry completely before using your stove. It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours for a complete cure.
  • Test the seal of the door by trying to push it open slightly. The gasket should create a tight seal and prevent air from escaping. If it does not, re-adjust the screws until it does.

You have now replaced your Wood Stove Door Gasket! Feel free to continue using your stove safely and enjoy the warmth it provides. For more safety tips and information on how to maintain your wood stove, please visit our website. Thank you for choosing our product!

Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA) recommends that you have your wood stove door gasket replaced every two years to ensure optimal performance and efficiency of the stove.Rutland Wood Stove Replacement Gasket Kit

If you are unsure whether or not it is time for a new gasket, here are some telltale signs that indicate it may be time:

  • You notice increased smoke production when the stove is in use.
  • The door does not close tightly or seals poorly.
  • There is a gap between the stove and the wall.
  • You can see daylight coming in through the cracks around the door.

If your wood stove is exhibiting any of these signs, it is time for a new gasket. Follow these simple steps to replace your wood stove door gasket:

  • Unplug the stove and allow it to cool completely.
  • Open the door and remove the screws that hold the gasket in place.
  • Remove the old gasket and discard it.
  • Measure the new gasket against the door opening and cut it to size if necessary (be sure to leave a little extra room for overlap).
  • Apply a thin layer of high-temperature sealant to the door opening.
  • Install the new gasket and replace the screws.
  • Test the stove to make sure it is sealed properly and producing minimal smoke.
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If you have any questions about this process, please consult your local dealer or manufacturer. They will be able to help you identify the right replacement gasket for your stove and walk you through the installation process.

Replacing your wood stove door gasket is an easy and affordable way to improve performance and efficiency, and it only takes a few minutes to do. Follow these simple steps and you will be up and running in no time!

Safety Tips

When working with a wood stove, it is important to keep in mind some safety tips. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Never use the stove if you have been drinking or are otherwise impaired.
  • Keep combustible materials away from the stove.
  • Make sure the area around the stove is clear of debris and items that can burn.
  • Turn off the stove when you are finished using it.
  • Clean out the ashes regularly.
  • Make sure there is adequate ventilation.
  • Never leave the stove unattended while it is on or still hot.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.

Replacing a wood stove door gasket can be a challenging task. However, if you follow the proper steps, it can be done relatively easily. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Make sure the stove is cool before starting.
  • Disconnect the power to the stove.
  • Remove the screws that hold the door in place.
  • Carefully remove the door from the stove.
  • Remove the old gasket from the door.
  • Install a new gasket on the door, making sure it is aligned properly.
  • Reinstall the door on the stove.
  • Reattach the screws that hold the door in place.
  • Reconnect the power to the stove.

Once you have replaced the gasket, test it out by lighting a fire in the stove. Make sure everything is working properly before using it again. For more information on how to replace the stove door gasket, contact your local dealer.

  • If you are missing any screws or other hardware, make sure to purchase replacement materials before continuing with this project.


What is a gasket?

A gasket attaches to the inside surface of your wood stove door, creating an airtight seal that keeps heat inside.

Why do I need to replace my gasket?

If your gasket is worn or damaged, it can let heat escape and increase your fuel consumption.

How do I know if my gasket needs replaced?

You’ll know it’s time for a new gasket when you start seeing smoke escaping from your stove or notice heat loss.

How do I install the new gasket?

Here are easy to follow instructions on how to replace an old, worn out door gasket in just a few simple steps.

What type of gasket should I use?

There are many types of door gaskets available, so it’s important to select the right one for your stove. Be sure to choose a gasket that is specifically designed for wood stoves.

Where can I purchase a new gasket?

Quality gaskets are available from your local retailer.

How long will my new door gasket last?

The average life expectancy of a quality door gasket is about five years, but this can vary depending on how often you use the stove and other factors such as quality of materials used during manufacturing.

What should I do if my gasket leaks?

If your door gasket starts to leak, first try tightening the screws that hold it in place. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the gasket. Replacing a wood stove door gasket is an easy way to improve your stove’s efficiency and save on fuel costs.


Replacing your wood stove door gasket is a relatively easy task that can be completed in just a few hours. By following the steps outlined in this user’s guide, you can ensure that the job is done properly and that your wood stove operates safely and efficiently.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the comments section below.