Information about operation
Strength of the hearth: Each hearth has specific endurances, which must not be exceeded, leaving the hearth to burn for several hours at full capacity, in our attempt to heat spaces much larger than the specifications that the hearth permits. If we handle your hearth in this way, we would cause wear and damage both to the hearth and the racks, as well as the chimney and the casing.
Tinder - Fuel: For the lighting of our fireplace we take care to use dried logs rather than plastic, chipboard, varnished wood and floor parts which emit dangerous fumes. We do not use flammable materials (alcohol, petrol, etc.).
Proper use of the door:For our fireplace to work properly it must have the door completely open or completely closed. The door must never be ajar because the flame is too strong and can cause damage to the hearth and the rest of the installation. The door of the energy-saving fireplace must be opened in a specific way. First, we open it 2-3 cm and a few seconds after we open it slowly until completely open. If we rush to open it we will get sudden air in the combustion chamber and dispense smoke.
Maximum efficiency - Economy: When a fireplace operates with an open door it has an efficiency of 10-20%, and with a closed door the wood burns with less air and consequently the hearth is operates with 3 to 4 times less wood and a performance that reaches 65 -75%. A closed hearth has a permanently high flame and minimal ash, because of the high temperatures involved and igniting the gases to a large percentage, rather than allowing them to escape in smoke form. In a closed hearth we can adjust the intensity of the fire how we want, while the closed door will retain heat in our room for many hours and will not allow escape through the chimney, as is done in open hearths.
Hot air circulation: When our fireplace is lit it must have the hot air outlet louvers completely open so as not to trap temperature in the inside of the hearth. Avoiding a smoking fireplace: When the fireplace is lit, it removes air masses from the atmosphere. The same applies to the use of extractors. If the house is closed, this air is not replaced. As a consequence the fireplace chimney will work as an importer of air, transferring the plume located within it, into the room. To avoid this annoying smoke of the fireplace we must have an open window or air recycling blinds. Once a year we should clean the chimney so that it does not clog up from the soot. Do regular checks for bird nests in the chimney which prevent the exit of the smoke and take care that your chimney is not located close to other higher chimneys or other higher objects that are within 7-8 meters. Otherwise air swells will be caused, which will turn the smoke back inside the house.
Emptying the ashtray: Always empty the ash before it reaches the combustion grate, because otherwise the grate can overheat and be destroyed, as the ash does not allow air circulation which will defuse the temperature. Moreover the combustion air inlet vents will become blocked-up. Hearth and flue cleaning: Once a year, you should clean the hearth, the pipe connecting to the chimney and the chimney itself, to avoid the risk of obstruction and smoking of the fireplace, as mentioned above. Most importantly, this cleaning avoids the ignition of soot in the chimney, which can cause a serious wear and damage to the fireplace.