Basic Outdoor Wood Furnace Maintenance Tips Let’s admit it – owning an outdoor wood furnace is expensive. But no worries. It’s a long term investment that could last even longer with the right care. Below are three basic tips for outdoor wood furnace maintenance: Periodic Cleaning
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Depending on the amount of wood you are burning, the unit normally needs to be cleaned out once a month at least, sometimes more frequently. There are units that come with an inbuilt auger system that is used to get rid of the ashes. But auger usually just removes the ashes around it and not those that are stuck to the sides.
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When it’s cleaning time, the fire should be allowed to burn down to but a few hot coals. With a shovel, the hot coals may be moved to one side of the firebox. Scoop up the ashes out and put them in a metal garbage container. After cleaning one side of the firebox, push the hot coals to the other side of the firebox and remove all remaining ashes. Once you’re done, your firebox will be free of ashes and still have some remaining hot coals so you can restart your fire easily. The metal garbage container will cool the ashes safely, and in a matter of days, you can spread in other places, such as your garden. Water Treatment The water inside the unit has to be treated so that corrosion can be prevented. Untreated water considerably reduces your unit’s durability. There are various companies offering water treatment services nowadays. Tinted water treatment is preferred by a lot of people. The tinted treatment is added until the water in the unit develops a similar tint. As soon as this happens, the process is done. You just need to watch the color of the water, adding more treatment as needed. There are other treatments that work too, such as one where a test kit is needed to check if the water has been treated properly. Knowing which treatment method to use is all up to you as this is all mainly an issue of preference. Just make sure the water is properly treated, whatever treatment you choose. There should also be enough water inside your unit to prevent damage. The furnace must have a gauge that lets you check the water level easily. Corrosion Prevention Units generally have an anode rod which can be accessed on top of the furnace. It is the target of rust and corrosion, thus sparing the water jacket. Anode rods are generally used in water heaters and have the same purpose – to increase the unit’s lifespan. The anode rod must be inspected at least once yearly, ensuring it has remained in good shape. If it’s not, replacing it is easy.