We have compiled the most important questions on the subject of wood fireplaces for you.

Before buying the wood fireplace

There are a few factors to consider when choosing a stove. The decision about the shape, size and materials of the stove is a question of taste, the heating requirements and in which premises the stove will be installed. In the Attika Stove Finder you can compile a selection of stove models based on various criteria. You can also make a non-binding appointment with a specialist dealer, who can show you the options that are right for your home. Find your nearest dealer here.

Since the stove is not just a source of heat, but also a piece of furniture that must match your interior and personal style, this question is central. Certainly, the basic question of the fuel should be asked first. Once this has been clarified, Attika offers you a wide range of fireplaces or fireplace inserts. Our fireplaces are known for their perfect finish and long life. To guarantee this, we only use selected, high-quality materials and raw materials. All Attika fireplaces currently on sale meet the strictest environmental and quality requirements.

Let our products on the website inspire you and make an appointment with your local specialist dealer.

The price of an Attika stove varies according to the model and the options chosen (CleverAIR™, swivel console, etc.). Ask your local dealer for the price of your chosen stove.

The cost of installing a wood-burning stove depends on the type of home and the desired result of the installation. Contact your local dealer for advice on the most suitable installation in your home.

The kW strength indicates the power of a system and the amount of radiant heat that the appliance emits. However, the actual heat output depends on the wood covering chosen by the user. The size of the room is crucial for a pleasant indoor climate. Per kW heat output, 10 m2 surface area (approx. 25 m3 room) can be heated (in newer buildings with good insulation). Your dealer can advise you individually on this question.

A wood-burning stove is a freestanding stove (see illustration 1). A fireplace insert can be installed individually (see illustration 2).

Every chimney is different and depends on the location. Also, the legal guidelines vary from country to country, state to state. It is best to contact your local specialist dealer or chimney sweep.

Of course. Many of our fireplace inserts fulfil the function of a partition wall and can be used as an eye-catcher in the living room. For example VISIO 3:1, VISIO Tunnel or R 2:1 Tunnel fireplace insert.

Yes, certainly. We recommend that you choose a fireplace stove with a small combustion chamber. Such as the small compact Q-TEE from Attika. A stove made of soapstone or with a storage module is also recommended for smaller rooms.

When buying a stove, it is worth taking a close look at the combustion chamber door. Our tip: open and close the firebox door several times at the point of sale:

  • Can it be opened and closed again completely without any problems? Does it even lock automatically?
  • Does the hinge run smoothly?
  • Pay attention to a pleasant closing noise. You will hear it many times at home.
  • How does the door handle fit in your hand?
  • Does the door feel solid, compact, tight and heavy? Or is it made of thin steel plates?
  • Are all seals on the inside of the door cleanly processed?

The Self-Locking-System© (SLS©) developed by Attika designers in Switzerland is a special convenience. It allows the firebox door to be opened very easily with an ergonomic movement sequence and a light pull. The best thing to do is to ask your local Attika dealer to demonstrate the Self-Locking-System©.

Yes, of course. To do this, the stove must be installed independently of the room air. This means that the fresh air required for combustion is not taken from the room where the stove is located, but is supplied to the stove in a controlled manner via a connection from the outside using a pipe/duct.

With almost all parapet stoves and fireplace inserts, this connection can be supplied by means of the so-called AIR system either through the floor or through the rear wall. Thanks to the AIR system, you can easily install your stove in a low-energy or Minergie house. Please be sure to observe the country-specific regulations.

Installation of the wood fireplace

We recommend that you have your stove installed by a stove builder/owner. This will ensure that the stove is properly installed and correctly connected to the flue system. Find your nearest Attika specialist partner.

We recommend that you have your stove installed by a specialist. Professional installation and correct connection to the chimney system will ensure a well-functioning stove and compliance with legal requirements. For further information, please contact your local specialist dealer.

Contact a chimney fitter near you. They will be able to advise you on the best possible stove solution based on your living situation and your heating requirements.

Depending on the stove model and the placement of the stove in the room, the distances to combustible materials vary. In the installation instructions for your stove, you will find the information with the minimum distances specified by the manufacturer. A snug-fitting hearth is often used to protect the floor. Please note that local and building regulations as well as fire regulations must be observed. Check with your local chimney sweep.

No, this is not possible for legal reasons. For the installation of a wood-burning stove or fireplace insert, you always need a functioning chimney.

If the dimensions of the stove and flue system match, yes.

The chimney is the engine of the stove, i.e. the stove and the flue system must form a single unit. This means that the flue system ideally has the same diameter as the flue at the stove. Most Attica stoves have a 150 mm diameter chimney outlet (connection piece).

In addition, the flue system should ideally be at least 4 metres long, not involve too many changes of direction and horizontal guides should be kept as short as possible.

Some newer houses are so well insulated that there is not enough oxygen for clean combustion. In this case, you can supply fresh air to the stove from outside instead of taking it from the room. We call this system AIR-SYSTEM and it can be connected to almost all Attika stoves. Please be sure to observe the country-specific regulations.

Yes, if your stove ideally also has a diameter of 200 mm at the smoke outlet. The dimensions of the furnace and flue gas system should not differ too much.

Wood fireplace in operation

You can use almost any type of natural wood as firewood. The quality of the firewood contributes greatly to a beautiful fire. We recommend well stored hardwoods such as beech, birch or oak, as these give a lot of embers and a calm fire. Use well and long dried piece wood.

The wood should be stored in a weatherproof place and protected from ground moisture. The logs should be stored with the face side facing outwards and with sufficient space between the floor and the logs. This allows the air to circulate optimally. Closed rooms such as garages or cellars are not suitable for storing firewood. Before you fire the firewood, take it indoors for a few days before use. This will allow it to dry out again. Wood storage units in various designs are ideal for this purpose.

The drier the wood, the higher the usable energy consumption. The wood should have a moisture content of 17 - 20 %. The moisture content can be measured with a wood moisture meter.

Depending on the stove model, the size of the firebox and the desired heating value, the amount of firewood (preferably natural beech, birch or oak) varies. Please read the operating instructions of the stove manufacturer. In general, the weight of a piece of wood for a stove should be less than 1 kg. You should also use softwood, such as fir wood, and a lighting aid to light the fire.

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In an Attika stove you should only burn natural wood. There are different types of briquettes, but these types of fuel risk heat values higher than those of wood and may eventually exceed the maximum effect of the stove. This is known as overburning and can damage the stove. In the event of overburning, the guarantee for an Attika stove is void. As a general rule, you should not burn varnished, laminated, impregnated or plastic-coated wood, painted waste wood, chipboard, plywood, nut shells, pine cones or household waste in your stove. The substances produced during combustion are harmful to health and the environment and are harmful to the environment and the stove.

Yes, in principle it is possible.

However, the barbecued food must be removed from the stove very carefully, as residues such as grease inside the stove or on the outside of the stove casing are difficult to clean. For this reason Attika cannot recommend grilling in the stove or fireplace.

Various factors influence the wood consumption of a stove or fireplace insert. Read our blog post (01.05.2019) about this.

You can place a walking/safety grille in front of the stove to prevent children from getting too close to the hot stove. Never leave small children unattended near the stove.

Check whether something is stuck in the ash drawer or whether it has not been inserted correctly. If this is not the case and the door still cannot be closed, please call your specialist dealer.

You can put blotting paper / blotting pad on the spots with candle wax and then run a hot iron over them. The stove must be cold when you do this. You can also use a fine-grained sandpaper to gently sand over the areas. Soapstone is a soft stone and therefore the candle wax can penetrate deep into the stone. The more you fire the stove, the faster the wax goes away.

Not too big, max. 700-800 gr. per log. Depending on the stove, 2-3 logs. Several woods burn nicer and cleaner than just one large piece. Please also refer to the operating instructions of your stove.

Maintenance of the wood fireplace

Only clean the wood-burning stove when it is cold. If you have a steel stove, you can clean the outside with a clean and dry cloth. Make sure that there are no scratch marks. If the outside of the stove is made of soapstone or ceramic, it can be cleaned with a mild soapy water or with the cleaning agent from Attika dry and damp. You can clean the glass ceramic pane with a glass ceramic cleaner. Do not spray the cleaning agent directly on the pane, but on a cloth, otherwise the door seals may be damaged.

Yes, we recommend regular maintenance so that you can enjoy your fireplace for years to come. The fireplace and the flue pipe should be checked and cleaned annually by a district chimney sweep. Ask your local specialist dealer.

Maintenance of the stove is most suitable before the heating season begins. You can do the maintenance yourself or have it done by a specialist. We recommend having the annual inspection and cleaning of the flue pipe carried out by a chimney sweep. Clean the combustion chamber, vibrating grate and ash drawer of the wood-burning stove of ash residues. Check the seals and replace damaged seals. Lubricate all moving parts such as door hinges, door latch and door slide rails with a lubricant spray. The spray should not leave any deposits. Check the firebox lining (fireclay/vermeculite). Cracks can occur due to the strong temperature fluctuations, but these do not affect the functioning of the stove. Only if the firebox lining should crumble out after years, it must be replaced. Have a new firebox lining installed by a local chimney builder.

There can be several reasons for odours coming from your stove. If the stove has not been used for a long period of time, dust and dirt may be present, which can cause odours due to heat.

The ashes must be completely cooled down before disposal. It is best to wait 24 hours before removing the ashes from the fireplace. A vibrating grate and an ash drawer makes it easier to remove the ashes from the stove. Almost all attic stoves and fireplace inserts have a vibrating grate and an ash drawer. The remaining ash residue in the firebox can be scooped out with a fireplace cutlery set or conveniently sucked out with an ash vacuum cleaner. Place the ashes in a fireproof metal bucket and leave it for at least 2 days. In most cases the ashes can be disposed of with the regular garbage.

No, on the contrary. Cold ashes in the firebox make it easier to fire the stove again.

Smoke in the stove can be caused by insufficient draught in the chimney, wet wood or oversized wood. Soot on the outside of the stove is usually caused when the door is opened while the flames in the stove are still high. Wait until the fire is extinguished before opening the door. It may also be because the door was opened too quickly. Always open the door slowly and carefully.

Health and environment

Is your stove subject to the BImschV1: The stove may no longer be installed or relocated, and stoves that have already been installed may continue to be used. You can find out whether your Attika stove still complies with the 1st BImSchV in Germany on the website of HKI Industrieverband Haus-, Heiz und Küchentechnik e.V. To the HKI Website.

Here you will find an overview of stoves that have not been tested by HKI and must be taken out of operation by 31 December 2020.

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If your stove no longer complies with the 1st BImSchV, please contact the Attika sales office. Attika sales office. We will be happy to help you make the right decision for a new stove and make you an interesting offer.

Wood-burning stoves are CO2-neutral, as the burnt wood emits the same amount of CO2 as would have been emitted by natural decay.

When you use your stove, you should always open the door slowly. In this way, you will prevent the flue gases from being blown out of the stove into the room and the indoor climate from being affected.

With Attika's AIR system (external air supply), the stove burns independently of the air in the room and the indoor climate is not affected.

You should always consult your doctor if you have any health questions.

A wood burning stove pollutes far less than, for example, an outdoor campfire. Attika stoves are subject to strict environmental and quality requirements. We are constantly working to reduce emissions from our stoves.

There is no particular reason to avoid wood-burning stoves during pregnancy. If in doubt, please consult your doctor.

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