Silica Beads to Control Moisture During Off Season

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Post by 2biz » Wed. Jun. 02, 2021 10:50 am

I have had the Leisure Line AK110 for 4 seasons now. Awesome Furnace BTW! I have tried several methods to keep the moisture and corrosion from forming inside the furnace in the off season....Gun Safe Heater, Blaster Corrosion Stop, Etc...Methods which I found here on the forum. Nothing has seemed to work too well. When I closed it down this spring, I decided to try something different. Control Moisture with Silica Beads. I did a search on Silica Beads and didn't get any returns, so thought I would share. So far so good. The beads in the smaller bags I got off Amazon and the crystal is supposed to turn dark color when saturated. As you can see, the results are about 6 weeks in, just a few of the beads are turning dark. The larger bags of beads I got from work from an overseas machine shipment. A good "Free" source for the beads if you have access to them....The inside of the furnace is as dry as the day I turned it off and no corrosion yet. BTW, I did block the exhaust with an old rag to help eliminate that source of moisture....

Anyway, thought I would share. It seems to be working very well for me and glad I've found something to help protect my investment.

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Post by McGiever » Sat. Jun. 05, 2021 10:17 am

Thanks for sharing! 😄

It’s early June now...be interested to see what ya got by late August.

 
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Post by mntbugy » Sat. Jun. 05, 2021 12:28 pm

The orange silica that comes with electronic cabinets and shoes. Also can buy a can of the stuff. Works pretty good. When it turns red in color. Put on baking sheet and stick in oven to dry. Never goes bad.

 
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Post by 2biz » Tue. Jun. 08, 2021 11:57 am

Yea, forgot to mention the Amazon ad said the beads can be regenerated by placing in direct sunlight once they've become saturated. I'm sure the baking sheet/oven method works great too.


 
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Post by McGiever » Tue. Jun. 08, 2021 12:07 pm

I would vote for disconnecting the stove pipe completely as opposed to stuffing the rag in it. Then slip a plastic shopping bag over end on chimney side held tight with a couple wraps of tape perhaps.

Nobody gets lucky or gets a free pass when it comes to steel corrosion from moist air and fly ash acids.

These stove last so much longer/better with just a little forethought! 😊

 
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Post by Rob R. » Thu. Jun. 10, 2021 10:33 am

You can buy much larger bags of dessicant if needed. Uline is a good source for the larger packs.

I used to buy 4oz packs by the pallet for a pharma manufacturing plant I worked in. They work very well and can be "restored" by baking in an oven.

 
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Post by grumpy » Fri. Jun. 11, 2021 8:13 pm

Can’t you just let air flow through the stove and out the chimney ? That’s what I do, never a problem.

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