There are a lot of reasons to choose to invest in a wood burning furnace: minimal
utility bills, a renewable source of heating, a consistent cost without the ups and downs of the energy market, a steady supply of fuel (wood), low-cost warmth for a shed, home, stable, etc., etc. One of the main reasons we hear from customers is long-term: they appreciate the long lifespan of an outdoor wood burner. This reason comes with a caveat; you’ll get a longer (and safer) lifespan from your wood burning furnace if you use these tips for maintaining your wood burning furnace.
Keep up on your regular wood burner maintenance.
In addition to loading your wood burning furnace, make sure you maintain a schedule of regular wood maintenance, such as:
- Regularly inspect your equipment for leaks and cracks.
- Add water (as needed).
- Clean out and dispose of ashes.
- Clean your chimney and wood heater parts regularly.
- Check your chimney flue and stovepipe for safety hazards (nests, hives, grass, etc.) every month.
This maintenance is important for the efficiency and safety of your wood burning furnace. Maintaining your furnace also lengthens the life of your unit.
Be selective about firewood.
Whenever possible, only use seasoned wood for fuel. Seasoned wood is dried—usually by the sun and environment—for 6 months to a year (amount of time depends on species of wood). You can usually tell wood is seasoned by it’s coloring; it is typically grey in color. Many people even say that it’s more important to have seasoned wood than to know the species of the wood. This is true to a point; there are some species of wood that burn better than others so it does pay to pay attention when selecting firewood. Once you’ve selected the wood, learn the basics of making a good, steady fire. Woodmaster has tips for building a good fire on their website under wood furnace maintenance.
Set some time aside in the spring for annual maintenance.
Once a year, your outdoor wood burner boiler needs annual maintenance that can keep your unit working well—and keep warming your building for a long time.
- Drain and flush your boiler every spring (never leave your boiler without water).
- Treat the water in your boiler once a year (usually in spring or fall).
- Oil the fans.
Have any more questions on maintaining the condition of your outdoor wood furnace or need supplies for your maintenance? Ask us via email or call us. We can help you keep your wood burning furnace working well and for the duration.