The Definitive Outdoor Boiler Guide

By:Warren Walborn

 

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You must be very wise. You are also an independent American Patriot who knows how to save money. Our goal is to help you realize the MAX savings and the BEST return on your investment - if you follow our recommendations, you should be able to get 40 years out of your outdoor boiler. Some customers calculate that they will add more than $250,000 to their retirementjust because of their outdoor boiler!
The Definitive Outdoor Boiler Guide
This guide has 3 sections:

1. Urgent First Steps - Read this now, and take care of these urgent items first.
2. Routine Maintenance Items - This simplifies routine maintenance!
3. Other Resources - Keep this guide handy. You will eventually need ALL of this information.

This Definitive Outdoor Boiler Guide will make your boiler last, and give you decades of worry-free heat! Here goes:

Urgent First Steps:
1. Confirm your boiler is registered with us. This will ensure your warranty coverage continues in your name, and allow us to help you better. Click here for HawkenSupport.com "Contact Us" info.

2. Completely FLUSH your boiler water every four years - read why and how here in this article "When a Complete Flush is Urgently Needed".

3. Use ONLY Liquid Armor water treatment, and submit a water sample to our lab for free water testing and analysis. Click here for info on why and how in this short article "This Year 100s of Outdoor Boilers Will Die from Stubbornness". Also, all the water treatment info you will ever need is available from a link in the top right corner of our home page at HawkenSupport.com, here.

4. Confirm your chimney extension (if you have one) is properly insulated - a good extension will EXTEND the life of your boiler and we all love having them on our boilers, but the wrong type of chimney will kill your boiler in 6 months. Read why here in 30 seconds.

5. Confirm that you have a Filter Kit installed. 98% of our customers have them, but those who do not call us in 3-5 years to buy new pumps and heat exchangers - which is VERY expensive. Read why the Filter Kit is essential here.

6. Replace your Filter O-rings every two years. If you don't, your o-rings get flat, your filter will leak, and you will be tempted to screw on the filter too hard and it will crack - also very expensive. Click here for O-rings and to read why they cause your filter to leak.

7. Replace your Filter Cartridge every five years. It might seem like it is working, but the 200m stainless steel has a limited life, and the seams wear out over time. Don't think your filter is protecting you from dangerous sediment damage if you have not replaced your cartridge in the last 5 yearsTake 15 seconds to read about this secret weapon against sediment.

8. Replace your Door Seal fire rope with High Temp Caulk every two years. A leaky door seal will cause your boiler to high temp, causing possible fatigue damage to the steel, which is fatal for a boiler. Click here to read "Top 6 Ways You Save Money By Replacing Your Door Seal".

9. Remove the ash completely EVERY WEEK! Some good customers don't realize that deep layers of ash will absorb moisture, and become a caustic paste that will eat through your steel. Read "Fatal Mistake" here - a 30 second read.

10. Invest in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit. All outdoor boilers will outlast these four electronic components. Regardless of the age of your boiler, be a hero to your family and be prepared in case of a catastrophic component failure. Read more in this article "How Quickly Will FREEZE Damage Destroy Your Outdoor Boiler?"  And this article "Spare Parts To Keep On Hand".

 
 

Remember These Routine Maintenance Items:
 
1. Clean your filter. How often? Read more here.

2. Ash removal - yes, redundant, but critical. Read "When Does Ash EAT Holes In Outdoor Boiler Steel?"


3. Do the "Annual Sediment Flush". This is required every year (that you don't do a complete flush) because sediment is the "secret killer" of outdoor boilers. Read more here.  


4. Follow the "Dry Burn" Method. This extends the life of your boiler, improves efficiency, and reduces the amount of wood needed for a toasty warm house. Read "Top 3 Reasons You Should Dry Burn Your Boiler" here.


5. Add One Creosote Stick Every Week. This new product is the BEST way to remove creosote - just toss one stick into the fire in your outdoor boiler, and in 24 hours, creosote will be eliminated! This improves efficiency, protects your steel,and you burn less wood!  Read about these handy little life-savers here.

 
6. Never Operate Your Boiler At Temps Below 140 Degrees. Water jacket temps below 140 degrees will build up thick layers of creosote, and create a cleaning nightmare. Watch this video: "3 Reasons To Keep Your Furnace Above 140 Degrees".


7. Keep Your Water Level Full.  Water jacket levels should stay above the "ADD" level on your water level indicator. If you don't have a water level indicator on the top front vent tube of your boiler, get one here (for HE and GX models).


8. Confirm That Your Underground Pipe is NOT Losing Heat. You can burn an entire year of wood in just 45 days if your underground pipe is poorly insulated.  Learn how to test for heat loss here. Then read "Losing Heat Underground? Stop WASTING Money!" 
 


Other Resources:
 

1. The "Ultimate Summer Shutdown Checklist"

2. The "Fall Start-Up Guide"

3. Hot To Get FREE Design Services

4. How to View Your Owner's Manual

5. How to Protect Your Outdoor Boiler From Corrosion with Liquid Armor Water Treatment

6. Get Spare Parts here at HawkenStore.com

7. How To Submit a Water Sample for FREE Water Sample Testing


8. How To 

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Our goal is to help you MAX your savings with your outdoor boiler. If you follow these important steps, your boiler will save you big on your heating bills!

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have! It is SIMPLE - Just call our office, and we will take care of anything for you over the phone @ (231) 861-8200, M-F, 9AM - 8PM ET.

All the best,
The Hawken Support Team