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Smokeless fireplaces

Bioethanol and electric fireplaces offer the possibility of enjoying the fire in any FLAT or APARTMENT. These options do not require a smoke outlet, making them perfect for spaces without conventional installations.

Bioethanol fireplaces use a renewable fuel and generate no harmful waste, while electric fireplaces simulate the look and heat of flames without additional fuels. Both options are safe, easy to maintain and adapt to different decorative styles. Enjoy the charm of a smokeless fire in your home with these modern alternatives.

     BIOETHANOL                                          ELECTRIC 



Do you know that it takes 4 logs to make a fire?

Although burning wood is one of the oldest customs in our society, you are often unaware of some factors that can make the task of lighting the wood stove or fireplace much easier.

Here are some curiosities:

  • With one or two logs, you will not be able to make a fire. If you add a third one, you will see that it will light up, but you will need at least four logs to make a fire.
  • Small firewood will make it easier for you to light the fire and the more you add, the more heat it will give.
  • In fact, when the fire is lit, the gas released by the wood burns. Therefore, if the firewood is smaller, it is easier to obtain the temperature necessary to burn the gas.
  • Avoid green wood because it will be difficult to light the fire, it will produce more smoke and will dirty the windows and the duct.
  • The different colors of the flames provide you with very useful information to know the state of the fire.
    • Yellow. It indicates that the fire is very rich in oxygen. You see it especially at the beginning, when the chips start to burn.
    • Orange. When the flame is at the most stable working moment.
    • Red. It indicates that the fire has little oxygen.
    • Blue. Determines the gasification zone.
  • The color of the smoke also helps you know more about the operation of your stove or fireplace.
    • White. Indicates the existence of water vapor. It is not possible to reach temperatures above 100oC until the water is removed.
    • Gray. It is the color of gases, such as methane or tar, which are very volatile. The autoignition temperature is more than 200 oC, which is necessary to obtain the flame.
    • Yellow. It refers to carbonization; that is, the transition from wood to charcoal.
    • Blue. Indicates the end of carbonization.

For proper functioning of your stove or fireplace, use dry wood that allows you to light the fire faster, produces more heat and less smoke; You will get better performance from your fireplace or stove.


Tips for storing firewood correctly

The proper functioning of a wood-burning fireplace depends above all on the characteristics of the firewood and how you store it. Therefore, below, we give you some recommendations that will be very useful to ensure that your fireplace or wood stove has the best performance.

  •  As you know, dry firewood is the most suitable for making a fire hot. Therefore, you can store it inside the house or under cover, but it must always be ventilated.
  • If dry firewood has become wet, do not bring it into the house. Leave it in a place  where it gets sun and wind and, in a few hours, it will dry
  • If you want to store firewood outside the house, cover it on top so that it does not get wet, but never on the sides. And if it can get the sun and the wind, the better.
  • If the firewood is green, it will dry more quickly if you store it in a corner that has plenty of ventilation.

With these simple tips, you will always have dry firewood for the proper functioning of your fireplace or stove.


The importance of cleaning the chimney

Chimneys and stoves must be cleaned properly to ensure proper combustion and smoke travels up the chimney. You must keep in mind that a very dirty chimney is a danger because it can ignite; After all, soot is fuel.

The soot produces a very unpleasant stench. Therefore, if you notice a strange smell, be careful and clean the chimney with the help of a chimney sweep, or contact a professional who will be in charge of doing the relevant cleaning. Of course: to keep the chimney cleaner, always burn dry wood. Avoid newspaper and cardboard, and cooking or pouring fats there. This way, the chimney will get less dirty and, if the combustion is good, you will not use as much firewood.

What should be considered before purchasin a stove or fireplace?

The acquisition of a fireplace or a stove for your home is a decision for which you will need the advice of expert professionals in this field. At Llars de foc Cortada, we will always be happy to help you, but to adjust to your needs and budget, it is important that, when considering the option of installing a stove or fireplace, you think about the following aspects:

  • The room where the fireplace or stove will be located must have good ventilation. For this reason, our products directly draw air from outside
  • Good smoke evacuation is necessary for the proper functioning of the stove or chimney. For this reason, the flue must meet the following requirements. β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It should be as straight as possible; at most, with two 45o elbows.
  • The diameter recommended by the manufacturer must be respected.
  • It must have good insulation so that it does not lose temperature.
  • The regulations of the technical building code must be respected.
  • It must have a minimum height, between 4 and 5 meters, to ensure that there is sufficient draft. Now, this height will be determined by the model of chimney that is installed.