3 Easy Steps to Make Your Wood Supply for Your Outdoor Furnace Last

3 Easy Steps to Make Your Wood Supply for Your Outdoor Furnace Last

 

Do you want to make your wood supply for your outdoor wood furnace supply last longer? If yes, you just need to follow these three easy steps and you will surely make the supply of your wood for your outdoor wood furnace last longer!

1ST STEP: Cover your wood pile
2ND STEP: Do a complete cleaning of your outdoor boiler
3RD STEP: Add a Chimney Extension and replace your blower fan

THREE EASY STEPS TO MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR FURNACE WOOD SUPPLY LAST LONGER

Cover Your Wood
If your wood pile for your outdoor boiler is not covered, you likely have snow, frost, and ice all over your wood. As temps rise above freezing, there may be considerable rain making your wood moisture content high.  It is never too late to cover your wood pile with a tarp, which enables the wood for your outdoor boiler to dry and make your burn more efficient.

Wet wood will burn in your outdoor boiler, but many of the BTUs produced from the burning of your wood fuel are wasted because that energy is required just to burn off the water and convert it to steam.

Cover only the top of your wood pile so air can flow through it from the sides and dry out the wood.

Completely Clean Your Outdoor Boiler
To get the most out of your wood fuel, you want the heat from the wood to transfer into your water jacket. But a dirty outdoor wood furnace is less efficient.

Deep layers of ash will prevent heat transfer of BTUs from your wood fuel into the water jacket. So, keep the ash layer to one inch or less.

Thick layers of creosote on the firebox walls will also prevent heat transfer so be sure to reduce creosote using the DRY BURN method described in this article HERE.

Also, make sure your chimney and deflector plate area are clean - deep layers of ash in this area will prevent proper air flow which reduces efficiency also.

Add Chimney Extension / Replace Blower Fan
A chimney extension slows air flow through your outdoor boiler and thus improves efficiency because heat stays in the outdoor boiler longer. These items are available at our online store by clicking this link HERE.

Blower fans that are older than 5 years old will begin to lose their effectiveness and may not be performing at their optimal power. We recommend replacing the blower fan if you are experiencing poor efficiency of your outdoor boiler for undiagnosed reasons. 

AT LEAST, we recommend having a spare blower fan on hand for when your fan dies, which will inevitably happen during the first 10-20 years of your furnace life. Please see the best promo we have for the Emergency Preparedness Kit.