Wood burning stoves and stoves are a fantastic solution for country houses, but also for urban dwellings, as they adapt perfectly to contemporary decorations. These devices permeate everything with their smell of wood and they also turn out to be a natural and “sustainable” heating system.
From an aesthetic point of view they are very attractive, with a design vintage reminiscent of the beautiful old models, although there are designs with very modern lines. They are made in cast iron and steel.
Installation of wood stoves and stoves
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The installation of wood stoves and stoves is not complicated, although it is recommended that it be carried out by a authorized installer. It is essential in both cases that the space where it is to be placed is well ventilated and has a Smoke outlet to the outside as straight as possible. In other words, the evacuation pipe to the street does not form 90º elbows, to facilitate correct operation as much as possible.
They also work in a similar way to how they did in the past, although technology has made them much safer and more efficient devices. The home, whichThat is where the wood is placed for its combustion, it is closed with a glass door that allows you to see the crackle of the flames and all its magic. In the case of wood-burning stoves, the surface on which it is cooked is usually made of sheet metal or glass-ceramic.
Manufacturing material: iron or steel
Wood stoves and stoves are usually made, as in the past, in cast iron, a resistant and durable material that takes time to heat up but maintains and emits that heat for much longer (thermal inertia), even when the appliances have been switched off.
They can also be made of steel. The devices made of this material are lighter and they work the opposite of iron, that is, they heat up earlier and cool down earlier as well. In addition, this type of stove usually has the hearth reinforced with a refractory material to improve its thermal capacity.
Finally, cast iron wood stoves heat by direct radiation, much more intensely, while steel ones do so by convention. What does this mean? In short: the cold air that enters the stove is heated inside and emitted already hot outside.
Finally there are the dual combustion stoves. The models equipped with this technology are very safe and offer high performance (they also use the gases generated in a second combustion in a second chamber) before going outside through the tube. That’s why the emissions of gases and residues are lower.
According to their power, this is how they heat
Wood stoves and stoves heat more or less depending on their power (although, as we have already clarified, the latter are not designed for that function). But other factors also intervene that reinforce the thermal power of these devices, such as the good insulation of the house. It is not the same to heat a well insulated house than one that is not. As an example and just an example, for very well insulated spaces 0.6 kW (kilowatt) per m² is enough: the power of the stove will be 6 kW.
It also depends on the type of wood that is burned. For wood stoves and stoves, it is best to use oak wood. Beech and ash are also good, but not so conifers (pine, for example), which are best avoided. And another thing, the logs must not have a high degree of humidity.
And also wood stoves … stews with a wood flavor
In addition to stoves, you can also find stoves whose source of energy is firewood, and they are designed specifically for cooking … although it is true that they warm the place where they are installed. It should be made clear that wood stoves and stoves have different functions, although sometimes the stoves are provided with a tray in which simple dishes can be heated and the kitchens can offer a heating feature.
These kitchens bring a very special flavor to food. A delicious touch, which is also accompanied by the smell of wood that permeates them completely. The roasts and meat dishes have no equal prepared in a kitchen of this type.
Wood burning stoves and stoves are so successful because their main advantage is that they dstill very authentic heat and flavor. And open flames produce calm, relaxation and beauty … They are the perfect complement to other heating systems. For all these reasons they are a good choice for heating country houses, but also city houses.
You only have to observe the necessary precautions at the time of installation and use –sufficient distance from furniture, curtains and all kinds of elements that could burn.-, protection for children and pets and an essential smoke outlet, with quality pipes and technical review by a professional. It only remains to enjoy the warmth of home offered by stoves and wood stoves.
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