This diagram shows the internal flue design of our Ceramic Stoves. This five channel
system produces the extremely efficient method of heating which is their trademark.
First the smoke goes up the centre channel before being divided and forced down the front two channels. It then passes back past the combustion chamber and is directed up the two rear channels which join at the top and vent into the chimney.
Rapid heat may be obtained by employing the optional fan which directs cool air past the burning chamber directly into the room. This air may be supplied from outside or recirculated from within the room.
The firing technique for a ceramic stove is quite different from conventional woodburning. It is this difference which makes it so efficient. To burn wood so that the only by-products are steam and C02, high temperatures must be achieved, ideally between 900°C and 1100°C. This incandescent heat would soon destroy a metal stove and make its surfaces dangerous. At this temperature wood flame is long, as the various distillates are burnt along its entire length. This dictates that the flame should also remain within the appliance and not up the chimney. Flue gases on exiting the stove are below 200°C.
Ceramic stoves can be viewed as storage heaters. Dry wood burnt fast once a day gives its energy to the stove which releases it slowly until it reaches ambient temperature or is fired again. Once the embers have died down completely, the top damper is closed to prevent any further heat loss up the chimney.
The Ceramic Stove is more efficient than any other wood burner as the energy produced in the combustion chamber is stored, then released over a twenty-four hour period. Two hours’ burning is normally all that is required to achieve this. The stove is never shut down on a ‘slow burn’ and is therefore always working at maximum efficiency.
It is possible to heat several rooms from the same stove simply by choosing the location carefully.
The stove will heat any space in which it has an exposed surface, so if it is placed in the wall dividing two rooms it will heat both; if it is placed at the junction of two walls crossing over at the stove it could heat four. If it is built up through the ceiling it could heat upstairs as well, bearing in mind that the output has to be considered and a larger stove may be required or it may need more frequent firing.
The stove may be connected to an existing chimney if it is conveniently located, to the rear of the chimney of an unused fireplace, in an adjoining room or to a new flue of not less than 6″ internal diameter.
The radiant heat from the ceramic surface of the stove is at such a wavelength as to be the most pleasantly acceptable to the human body.
A Ceramic Stove actually improves the environment in your home by drawing in air to fuel its combustion process. As it does so, small particles of dust in the air are drawn in too.
All of our stoves are fitted with a damper that cuts down the flue escape to the chimney by 80% once the fire has been allowed to go out. This is manually operated and means that the stove is not cooled by air passing through it (A 100% seal is not permitted by law).
It is not necessary to clean the ashes out of a wood burning stove before relighting. Unlike coal, wood does not require an underdraught. It will need emptying occasionally though, dependent upon usage.
They have been used for generations to heat small sitting rooms, family rooms or even the maid’s bedroom!
Stoves in smaller rooms usually stand in the corner but the choice is yours.
NB: If using managed timber, the CO² rating is zero.