Fireplace and stoves useful hints for owners

What every fireplace or stove owner shold know?

1. For every woodburner that we sell, an instruction manual will be included. Please read it carefully, before you even start using it. It is a crucial knowledge that will allow you to safely use your fireplace.

2. Setting a fire in a cold fireplace or stove may seem hard. In order to speed up the process, use natural kindling and small pieces of wood. During an autumn and spring period, it is vital to provide the biggest flow of air within the house – by doing so whilst setting up the fire you can leave the woodburner doors slightly opened. Remember that during this process you always have to maintain a control over the fireplace. Never allow kids to enter an area where a fire is opened. This leaves them vulnerable to what could turn out a horrible accident.

3. During Spring and autumn the ash pan in fireplaces or stoves may require a more frequent emptying.

4. Woodburnes are an ecological source of energy, as they require natural resources, in order to provide source of warm energy. We should always use seasoned wood that comes from leafy trees. In terms of firewood, it can vary if the wood types are different – the main differences could for example be weight and calorific value – which could result in the amount of wood required for burning or how much heat it gives off. One thing is clear, that the best firewood comes from trees like oak, rake and beech.

 

Type of wood
The net calorific value of a cubic meter in kWhThe net calorific value of a kilogram in kWh
Birch19004,3
Beech21004,0
Oak21004,2
Hornbeam21004,0
Alder15004,1
Poplar1200 4,1
Willow14004,1

5. For firewood we acquire a seasoned wood by chopping wood into pieces, and placing them on top of each other in a safe and dry area. After that we secure it for anti-humidity purposes e.g. by putting foil on top of the wood. Though we have to remember that the area should be ventilated. After around 12-24 months the wood gains a decent level of moisture (15%) and it will be perfect for woodburners.

6. Fireplaces with a water plane require a lot more energy than the classical ones. Only the best firewood should be used as fuel. We will not fully experience the use of the water plane if cheap and low on calorific value firewood will be used. Remember that using illicit resources as fuel could result in damaging the fireplaces and stoves, in extreme cases even the warranty could be lost.

7. In the new fireplaces the inserts with steel and fireclay features, a process of self-curing paint occurs. Therefore upon setting up the fire for the first time, a very unpleasant smell may arise, though this is normal. It’s crucial to keep the area where the insert is found ventilated, during the first few times of setting a fire in new woodburner. Be cautious that persons who suffer from allergies, older people and children should not be in the same room for safety reasons.

8. If the firewood burns too fast or too slow, adjust it by changing the damper settings outlet (located in the flue of the woodburner).

9. The modern and constantly perfected fireplace inserts, as well as pleasant prices of the firewood make this source of heat very ecologic and economic. In comparison to other sources of heat, the cost of the fireplaces heating is usually very decent.

 

 

Fuel type
Approximate cost of generating heat *
Electricity in 24hr tariffGBP 0,08 /kWh
Natural gas in W-3 tariffGBP 0,04 /kWh
Liquid gasGBP 0,08 /kWh
Heating oilGBP 0,07 /kWh
CoalGBP 0,02 /kWh
EcopelletsGBP 0,03 /kWh
WoodGBP 0,02 /kWh
PelletGBP 0,04/kWh

* the approximate cost of generating heat depends on many factors, among others on the thermal efficiency of a given machine, the calorific value of the heating fuel in a given supply, etc.

10. Fireplace inserts with a built water plate and heat exchanger are easy to build they are constructed from special stainless steel crimpers, which have a high thermal efficiency and durability thus serving us for many years.

11. If you plan to make the woodburner a main heating source within your house, the best one will be the one of with an already built in water mantle. The already constructed water mantles guarantee full airproof quality, and thus the distribution of warm air to all rooms in the house will not be troublesome.

12. Remember to purchase the fireplace inserts or a stove from a reliable supplier. Make sure you check whether the supplier possesses special approvals and permission to sell woodburners in your country. A fireplace or a stove should be installed in a professional way. Also it cannot be a product that you will save up on, this is not the case as it may sometimes backfire – instead you will see that an investment in a better/more expensive product will pay off

13. The chimney in your home should possess the appropriate height and be located in the right way with respect to the roof. The diameter of the outlet of the woodburner should be at least twice the diameter of the larger end of the flue outlet within the fireplace and stove. If you have any doubt whether the chimney in your home is suitable for your fireplace ask a professional chimney sweeper for advice.

14. The process of tying the adhesives and mortar together lasts about two weeks after the construction of a new woodburner. During this time, the room where the fireplace/stove is found should be heated in a different way for safety reasons. After an appropriate amount of time has passed, the fireplace can be set up and the fire can be started. Though remember that the first setting of the fire should be delicate, nothing major, and definitely not a fire explosion. Insert only small/average pieces of wood, at a time, and only after a few times, try to enlarge the quantity of the firewood. In addition the phenomenon of deposition of the paint may occur, which you should be careful about (look pt.7)