A Beginners Guide To Furnaces

Basic Tips for Maintaining Outdoor Wood Furnaces It’s a fact: an outdoor wood furnace is pricey. But no worries. 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: Regular 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 are equipped with an auger system that utilizes auger for eliminating 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 time for cleaning, allow the fire to burn down and reduce to a few hot coals. Using a shovel, move all the hot coals to one side of the firebox. Scoop up the ashes out and put them in a metal garbage container. 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. 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. 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 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 providers offer water treatment services today. For a lot of people, tinted water treatment is preferable. The tinted treatment is added until the water in the unit develops a similar tint. At this point, the process is considered complete. You just need to watch the color of the water, adding more treatment as needed. Other treatments work as well, such as those where you use a test kit to make sure the water is treated properly. It is all a question of preference, so the decision on which treatment to use, is entirely in your hands. 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 mostly have an anode rod accessible above the furnace. Because it is the target of rust and corrosion, the water jacket is spared. 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.