Joke of The Year - 2016 / Why You Should NEVER “Top OFF” Your Outdoor Wood Furnace
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Joke of the Year - 2016

We love the Joke of the Month, and we will continue this all year in 2017. Please feel free to share with us your favorite jokes, puns, and funny stories. If we use your joke/story in our newsletter, you will win a free bottle of Hawken Certified Liquid Armor Water Treatment!  Here is our pick for the best of 2016:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "Okay, now what?"


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The important thing is this: It is never too late to protect your investment!


Why You Should NEVER “Top OFF” Your Outdoor Wood Furnace
Wood contains moisture - 25 to 50% of the weight of wood is moisture. When a fire burns, that moisture has to go somewhere. In normal operations, most of the moisture goes out the chimney harmlessly as steam. However, some of that moisture condenses on the furnace walls, seals, heat exchanger, and the inside of the door! If you have thick black tar-like creosote on the inside of your furnace, this is why.  But there is an easy solution!
This is one of the reasons why we recommend only burning seasoned wood, but even the most seasoned firewood still has typically 25% moisture in it. But that is the topic of another article.
When a load of wood burns, the highest moisture produced from the burning process is released from the wood during the first few hours of burning. After the wood is burned down to coals, there is no moisture left in the coals and this is when the wood burns the most efficiently and very dry.
What your furnace needs is to burn for several hours at the end of each burn cycle with only dry coals in the furnace. What this achieves is to completely dry out the moisture in your furnace. This will reduce or corrosive damage to your burn pot steel.
IF you go to fill your furnace, and it is still half full of moist, partially-burned wood, and then you “Top It Off” with more fresh wood, then your furnace NEVER HAS A CHANCE TO DRY OUT.
So the bottom line is that when you load your furnace, only load it with enough wood so that the wood will have burned down to a bed of coals only for the last few hours of burning before being reloaded with new wood.
A word of caution: NEVER allow your furnace water jacket temp to drop below 140 degrees (after startup in the fall). When this happens, and fresh batch of wood is added to the furnace, the moisture in the new wood will condense on the furnace walls in large quantities thus making your maintenance job enormous. If you have an advanced EPA-Certified GX-Series furnace, those furnaces will not function properly if run at temps below 140 degrees. Never operate your furnace with water jacket temps below 140 degrees (see video: “3 Reasons to Keep your Furnace ABOVE 140 Degrees!!!”)
This will help you protect your investment in your outdoor wood furnace, reduce maintenance, and improve the efficiency of your furnace so you burn less wood!
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