The leaves are already beginning to change color here in the Borderland, and though it may feel too soon, the heating season is upon us! If purchasing a new outdoor wood furnace was on the agenda for you this year, hopefully your research is over and you are ready to install if you haven’t done so already. Whether you choose to install yourself or have the help of your dealer or contractor, some planning is required before you begin. A properly executed installation will allow your furnace to operate efficiently. Make sure you have time to prepare before the install; rushing into the process can result in errors that can cause problems down the road.
Here are a few guidelines to get you started in the planning process:
- Who will perform the installation? Depending on your experience level, you may choose to install yourself or have a contractor install it for you.
- Placement – There are many factors to consider when deciding where your outdoor wood furnace will be placed.
- Legal / Insurance Requirements – Be sure to check your local zoning laws. How far does your stove need to be placed from any property lines? Your home insurance is likely to have stipulations on the proximity of your unit to any buildings on the property.
- Once you narrow your options down to where your unit can legally be placed, you will want to consider the amount of underground pipe needed for your chosen location. Too long of a distance can greatly reduce the efficiency of your outdoor wood furnace.
- Activities and Family Functions – If you have an area on your property where people tend to gather or if you have children, make sure the placement of your furnace does not interfere with any outdoor activities.
- Accessibility – Place your furnace where it will be convenient to access. Stay away from areas where snow tends to pile up or where it is difficult to plow in the winter.
- Will your outdoor wood furnace be installed in a shed or out in the open? There are indoor units on the market that are meant to be installed inside a barn or outbuilding, however many outdoor units can be placed in an open faced shed as well.
- Once you have made up your mind on where to place your unit, you will need to pour a concrete pad to place your furnace on. This pad will need to be at least 4” thick and provide enough surface area for standing room while loading.
- Choose underground pipe wisely. There are many different types on the market with varying quality. Spend the money on good underground pipe. Inferior pipe will greatly decrease your furnace’s efficiency and once in the ground, it is not easy to replace.
After investing in an outdoor wood furnace to heat your home, don’t take shortcuts when it comes to installation. Making all the right choices while installing your furnace will go a long way in providing you with efficient, reliable heat when you need it the most. Your local Crown Royal Stove dealer can assist you with any installation needs you may have, or you can call us directly at 866-361-7355. We are happy to answer any questions along the way!