Wood and Forest
“Split wood soon catches fire.”
Heating with firewood is practical and climate-neutral. There is no need for long-distance transport. The wood comes from native forests, where it grows in profusion. The commitment to wood as a renewable source of energy is likewise a valuable contribution to the stewardship and health of our forests. All you now need to make your stove fire a wonderful, environmentally compatible experience is a weatherproof store for your firewood supply. The logs are placed in here with the front ends facing outwards and with enough space between the ground and the firewood to enable the air to circulate freely.
Grades of wood
Softwoods such as spruce, fir and pine are ideal as kindling to get the fire going, as they burn more quickly. Hardwoods produce lots of glowing embers, so they are a good choice if you want a long-lasting fire.
The calorific heating values of wood from deciduous and coniferous trees hardly differ at all. In terms of volume, however, hardwoods have a substantially higher energy density and so require less space than softwoods.
It must be dry
The general rule is: the drier the wood, the higher the usable energy content.
The level of residual moisture should be no more than 20 per cent. The bark can be put on the fire as well.
Tip: Cold wood does not burn as well, so bring your firewood indoors into the warmth a few days before use.
What does not belong in the stove
Take care not to burn varnished, laminated, impregnated or plastic-coated wood, painted waste wood, chipboard, plywood, nutshells, fir cones, household waste, paper briquettes or black coal. Not only do these materials give off unpleasant odours when burning, they also produce emissions that are detrimental to health and to the environment. Even when using small quantities, chemical reactions can produce extremely high temperatures and hazardous combustion residues in the furnace that are harmful to you, your environment and your fireplace.