Protect Your Door From Warp Damage! How Your Fire Can Destroy Your Firebox Door!
Many outdoor boilers have a blower fan that feeds air to the fire in the door. This fan has a damper that opens when the fan comes on, and closes when the fan is off which prevents air from fueling the fire when in the idle mode.
Can the fire on the inside of the boiler damage the door?
When your wood and coals are too close to the door on the inside.
Because when the wood and coals (and ash if you haven’t been paying attention and haven’t been removing the ash properly…HINT, HINT!) are too close to the inside of the front door, then the air that is being fed to the boiler will produce super hot flames that can be REDIRECTED BACK AT THE DOOR.
These super hot flames can also WARP your door frame, such that the door will no longer fit tightly.
If you have noticed any warping in your door, in your door frame, or even if you have seen any of the paint on your door start to peel, perhaps you have had a fire too close to the inside of the door.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO YOUR DOOR:
Keep all wood, coals and ash at least eight inches (8”) from the inside of the door frame. NOT 8” FROM THE INSIDE OF THE DOOR, but rather 8” from the inside of the DOOR FRAME.
In other words, if you put your hand on the door frame and move it forward, you will reach a point where your hand drops off the door frame into the inside of the firebox – THAT is the inside of the door frame. Keep your wood, coals and ash AWAY from this area, and only load wood at least 8-12 inches away from this drop off.
Keeping the hot wood, coals and ash clear of this area, and only building your fire further inside the firebox will protect your firebox door from damage, and enable you to continue saving money for decades to come!