How to Install Outdoor Furnace Piping

Installing an outdoor furnace is a convenient and practical way for you to provide warmth to your home. The furnace is usually located outside your home and is powered by wood or coal. Moreover, the outdoor furnace is also a great way to avoid the mess that is usually caused by burning wood and is convenient because you need to add wood to the furnace only twice a day, instead of continuously adding more wood. In order to be able to distribute the heat produced by an outdoor furnace, it is important that an outdoor furnace piping needs to be installed throughout your home. Here is a DIY guide on how to install outdoor furnace piping.

 Materials Needed:

  • Small tractor with backhoe attachment
  • Galvanized ducting
  • Duct section fasteners, screws and duct tape
  • Insulator sheeting
  • Fine gravel fill, 20 lb bag
  • Gravel rake
  • PVC coated plywood panel
  • Plywood stripping, cut to size
  • An assistant

Step 1 - Measure for Galvanized Pipes

The first thing that you need to do is to measure the size of your pipes that will connect your outdoor furnace to your home. You must  also need to be able to estimate how many galvanized pipes you will need. Refer to your home's blueprints to figure out how long your pipes should be. Next, you will need to dig a trench for your pipes. Use a tractor to dig a trench. The trench should be deep enough to fit the pipe.

Step 2 - Insulate and Connect The Pipes

Before you install the galvanized pipes, it is important that you insulate it first by using a single layer of insulator sheeting. Once the pipes are covered, settle it in the trench and pour fine gravel on top of it using a rake or a shovel. For this task, you need an assistant to get things done quickly. You can save time and effort by connecting the outdoor pipes to your interior pipes. Use an industrial adhesive that will work with steel in order to connect both piping systems with one another. Apply a weatherproof seal so that the connection between the two systems will not be easily damaged that would lead to leakage.

Step 3 - Test The System

The next thing that you should do is to test your newly installed pipes to be sure it is properly working. You can check whether the warm air is entering your home. If it is not working properly, then there is a leak somewhere and you will need to recheck your work. If it is working properly, fill any gaps and holes that you have built to avoid injury.

Once you have checked your pipe system for efficiency, you can begin the process of covering up the pipes. Also, ensure that the covered trench is level with the ground.