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Three Tips for Outdoor Wood Furnace Maintenance Let’s admit it – owning an outdoor wood furnace is expensive. But don’t worry. It’s a long-term investment and lasts even longer with proper care. Below are three basic tips for outdoor wood furnace maintenance: Periodic Cleaning
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The unit generally has to be cleaned out at least monthly, sometimes more often, depending on how much wood you are burning. Some units have a built in auger system that makes use of an auger to eliminate the ashes. But auger usually only removes those ashes around it and leaves those which 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 the ashes out and into a metal garbage bin. Once one side of the firebox has been cleaned, push the hot coals towards the opposite side of the firebox, then remove all ashes that have remained. When done, you can have an ash-free firebox with some remaining hot coals you can use to easily restart your fire. Putting the ashes in a metal garbage container allows them to cool safely, and you can spread them in your garden (or anywhere you want) a few days later. Water Treatment It is important to treat the water inside the unit so as to prevent corrosion. Untreated water drastically reduces the lifespan of your unit. 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 gets a similar tint. At this point, the process is considered complete. You only need to keep an eye on the water’s color and add more treatment if necessary. Other treatments work as well, such as those where you use a test kit to make sure the water is treated properly. You decide which treatment you want to use as it is all a matter of preference. Just ensure the water is treated properly, whichever treatment you pick. It’s also important to maintain the right water volume in the unit to prevent damage. The furnace should come with a gauge that makes it easy to checking the water level. 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 typically used in water heaters and deliver the same purpose – boost the unit’s durability. The anode rod must be inspected at least once yearly, ensuring it has remained in good shape. If not, replacement is easy.