- 1 - 10' Length of Fire Rope from OutdoorBoiler.com
- 1 - Tube of High Temp Silicone from OutdoorBoiler.com
- Pliers, Screwdrivers, Acetone as desired
All outdoor wood furnace door seals should be replaced every 2-3 years so we want you to know how it's done.
If you do not change your door rope gasket, you risk the following problems:
- Reduced efficiency
- Waste your precious wood fuel
- Increase your workload
- Possible furnace overheating
- Possible loss of furnace water (and outdoor boiler water treatment!) that must be replaced
- In rare cases, damage to overheated steel, particularly the door frame
Changing the outdoor wood stove door seal gasket should be very easy. When it is time to change your outdoor boiler door seal, follow these simple steps.
1. Let your fire burn down completely. Leaving the door open too long can ruin your outdoor wood boiler and may void your warranty, not to mention that the heat would create an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment.
2. Strip out the old door rope. Using pliers, screwdrivers or other tools as necessary, remove the old door rope and clean the channel where the rope seats. Use acetone or other products to clean the channel. Use caution with any cleaning product.
If the product is flammable, like acetone, the fire should be completely removed from the firebox. Safety first. Be sure the channel is dry before continuing to the next step.
3. Glue in the new rope gasket. Outdoor Wood Burning Boilers use a highly specialized rope gasket available only from OutdoorBoiler.com - You can find it at our online store HERE. Place a thick bead of silicone inside the channel of the door.
Push the new rope gasket into place all the way around the door. When you get to the end, use a sharp knife to trim the rope to length. The ends of the rope should touch to keep the gasket tight.
4. Close the door. You may need to adjust it to fit properly. Keeping the door closed will hold the gasket in place while the silicone or glue set up.
You can start burning again right away. Just be sure the door gasket stays in place while you build your fire back up.
If you have any other questions about door gaskets or anything else to do with your outdoor wood burner consult your Owner's Manual or feel free to contact us for technical support at this link HERE:
Remember to keep your fire and coals 6 to 8 inches back from the shelf of the door chute. This will extend the life of your door seal. Also remember that the fire rope gasket is permeable and some smoke escaping is normal.
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