Do I need something special to clean the fireplace window ? Screen ? To get soot off of bricks ?
Ok, I just learned this trick myself. We have a woodburning stove insert with a glass door that is always covered with soot. I was constantly scrubbing, using bottles of window cleaner, vinegar, I tried everything. Then someone told me to use a damp piece of newspaper dipped in the ashes, scrub off the soot, wipe with a dry piece of newspaper and finish with a little window cleaner or vinegar. It works best when the window is still slightly warm, but even cold, it works! As to the screen, I'd be inclined to take it outside and hose it off. Wipe it with vinegar and dry with a soft cloth. The bricks, when they get sooty will need a stiff brush. I know they make cleaning solutions just for this, so check with the hardware store. Make sure to have the flu cleaned professionally in the spring to prevent chimney fires.
Why is my gravy so lumpy?
The flour can clump up. Best to strain your gravy and use a whisk while adding flour.
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