Warm sunshine, blossoms popping, and rabbits everywhere... Spring is upon us. For many of us that also means it is time to shut down our Hawken Energy outdoor wood furnace. Fortunately, this is a very easy process that can be done in a very short amount of time.
After the fire has burned out completely follow these simple steps:
1. Remove all the ashes and lightly scrape the firebox
Thoroughly cleaning your outdoor wood furnace will ensure added years of reliable service and comfortable heating. Some furnace owners like to oil their firebox as added protection for the summer months. If you don't plan to shut down your furnace through the summer as a way of heating a pool or your hot water, it is still necessary to perform this annual maintenance.
TIP: I like to fill the cleaned firebox with seasoned wood in preparation for the upcoming heating season. I stack my kindling, tinder and wood in place, shut the door and start a 1-match fire in the fall.