Outdoor Wood Burning Stove Maintenance Tip 3

Maintaining pH levels and other important tips for your outdoor wood stove

What’s the difference between an indoor wood stoves and an outdoor wood burning stove?  Indoor wood stoves have fireboxes that do not have a water filled jacket. Outdoor wood stoves or outdoor wood boilers, or furnaces, have a water filled heat jacket. This important part of a wood burning stove transfers the water through pex pipes to your heat exchanger. If you look in your outdoor wood burning stove owner’s manual, you will find that your manufacturer may be recommending that you maintain your water pH levels to protect your warranty. You may also check out the information for maintaining the pH levels through your outdoor wood stove website.

The pH levels of the water inside the water jacket are very important since it prevents rusting of the water jacket.  So how do you actually maintain pH levels? You may use pH level indicator kits that you can purchase in any hardware shop. You should also check your manufacturer’s website for more information.

For efficient maintenance, contact customer service of your stove’s manufacturer for more information on pH maintenance and changing the water in your water jacket. A professional will be able to help you maintain your stove better and will also save you from costly repairs and parts changes.

Burn only wood, nothing else, in your outdoor wood burning furnace

Even if it sounds odd, you should never burn anything but cord wood in your outdoor wood burning furnace. Never burn plywood since this type has wood and chemicals. Do not burn old wood from cabinets, tires, clothes, bedding, plastics, metal and even paper. You may use a little newspaper to light up your flame but other than that, you should only use cord wood. You may ask the obvious question: why is this so?

Non-cord wood materials will only cause noxious flames and smoke that could pollute your home and even if you are using an outdoor wood burning stove this could cause terrible heavy smoke in your backyard! So if you want to maintain a good, friendly and cheerful neighborly atmosphere then do not ever burn materials that are not cord wood in your outdoor furnace.

Plastics and other heavy materials may also damage your chimney and result to costly maintenance and repairs. Therefore you should inform your family members of what to burn and what not to burn.

  • It does not stop from using cord wood; it must be treated cord wood which means the wood is dry and crisp to avoid creosote formation.
  • Follow efficient wooden log burning, rake your coals towards the door of your stove and place two new logs on top. This will consume the coals and efficiently burn your logs.
  • Treat your wooden logs by placing it indoors or underneath a tarp if you plan to store it outdoors. Wood that is freshly cut contains 50% water and this could cause poor burning and creation of creosote.

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