Basic Tips for Maintaining Outdoor Wood Furnaces Let’s admit it – owning an outdoor wood furnace is expensive. But don’t worry. It’s a long-term investment that can last very long if you care for it properly. The following are essential tips for outdoor wood furnace maintenance: Periodic Cleaning
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Depending on the amount of wood you burn, the unit must be cleaned out monthly at least, sometimes more recurrently. Some units are equipped with an auger system that utilizes auger for eliminating the ashes. But usually, auger just removes the ashes around it, while those that are stuck to the sides remain.
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During clean out time, the fire must be allowed to reduce to 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 ashes can cool safely in the metal garbage container, and in just a few days, you will be able to spread them in your garden or wherever you want them! Water Treatment The water inside the unit has to be treated so that corrosion can be prevented. Untreated water drastically reduces the lifespan of your unit. Water treatment is widely available these days from various providers. For many people, tinted water treatment is highly preferable. This works by adding the tinted treatment until the water inside the unit acquires the tint. When this happens, the process is complete. 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. You decide which treatment you want to use as it is all a matter 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. Prevention of Corrosion Units generally have an anode rod which can be accessed on top of the furnace. It is attacked by rust and corrosion, hence protecting the water jacket. Anode rods are often used in water heaters and are meant for the same purpose: to make the unit more durable. The anode rod must be checked at least once a year to make sure it is still in great shape. If not, replacement is easy.

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