Prevent Costly Outdoor Furnace Damage: Chimney Cap Removal

Prevent Costly Outdoor Furnace Damage: Chimney Cap Removal

Is Your Chimney Cap Stuck?

Prevent Costly Damage

Have you ever removed the chimney cap of your outdoor wood boiler? Some people have NEVER removed their chimney cap. However, it is required to be removed every year and the inside of the chimney cleaned with a wire brush and a shop vac. If you've never removed a chimney cap before, it's sometimes too late to save the chimney cap and since it has to be removed, it'll be damaged in the process.

If you do not remove the chimney cap and clean out the chimney annually, you shorten the life of your outdoor wood stove by half. It is a simple process, but critical to the longevity of your boiler.

Keep in mind that thick layers of ash and creosote absorb moisture. It will then form a corrosive paste that will eat through your steel. When this important maintenance step is skipped, your outdoor boiler can leak and the firebox can fill with water.

Follow the following procedure from removing your chimney cap to cleaning your chimney:

1. Remove the chimney cap once per year. (remove any extensions also to access the inner chimney). You can also order a chimney cap replacement 8" HERE and our 6" HERE.

2. You MUST clean out the inside of the chimney with a wire brush. 

3. Use a shop vac to get rid of all the ash and creosote that will be in that area. 

4. Use a D-Plate Brush (available HERE) to clean out the air channel above the firebox.

NOTE TO HAWKEN GX Series Outdoor Wood Furnace Owners: GX furnaces do not have a deflector plate and do not need a D-Plate Brush. However, a tube cleaning brush or cleaning tool is required. For the GX10 Cleaning Brush click HERE and for GX15 click HERE.

This will keep your outdoor wood burner from developing leaks in this top section, which are quite hard to access for repairs.

Remember that this critical maintenance procedure will help you SAVE BIG MONEY for decades to come by keeping your boiler in great shape! And this will enable YOU to be able to Keep Your Family Toasty Warm and Comfortable for Decades!

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