Blog about fireplaces and stoves in Mallorca

8 tricks to get the most out of your wood stove

Trick 1 Air!

The best use of firewood is obtained with medium-high air regulation and intense flames. This reduces pollution because the particles or gases are more easily burned to generate heat. When your house is already heated, the room temperature is regulated by the amount of wood, rather than by air regulation.

Trick 2 Little smoke is a good sign

The less smoke we see coming out of the chimney, the better. The smoke contains gases with high energy potential that have not been burned. That’s why it’s a good idea to go outside and take a look at the smoke coming out of our chimney. Dense black smoke is a sign that combustion is not optimal, usually because the fire in the stove or fireplace is not intense enough. When the stove has optimal combustion, the smoke is almost a light water vapor, and the smoke escapes through the chimney without odors or particles.

Trick 3 A clean stove is a hotter stove

Clean soot that accumulates in your stove and flues at least once a year. In this way, your stove will heat more and better. A layer of soot, even if only a few millimeters thick, reduces the heating effect because the heat is transmitted to the iron, making it easier for the energy to escape through the chimney flue. Clean more frequently if you burn a lot of pine or resinous woods that deposit more soot than normal.

Trick 4 Different woods give different types of heat

Hardwoods give more heat than light woods with the same volume, but per kilogram all firewoods give more or less the same heat, with light woods being cheaper. Lighter or softer woods are perfect for cooler early or late winter nights. These firewoods allow a cleaner and faster combustion without turning our house into a sauna, and once the embers are achieved we can extend the heat time by leaving a harder wood log.

Trick 5 All-night autonomy

Few stoves allow fires that last more than 2 or 3 hours on a single load of wood to burn efficiently. The old custom of closing the air regulation flues makes it possible to keep embers burning until the following morning, but it must be taken into account that this is a very polluting practice, not very efficient, and with a risk of chimney fire.

To get closer to the effect of an all-night burn, we recommend that the last nightly load of firewood be made with some type of hardwood. In any case, if your wood stove is cast iron and large capacity, a good loading time, and the mass of iron will allow your stove to retain heat until the next morning facilitating the work of ignition.

Trick 6 Turbulence helps!

Turbulence inside the combustion chamber is important to ignite the fire because when the temperature is low, oxygen resists mixing with the wood particles. An air circulation that sweeps away the smoke gases facilitates ignition. This is why the fire starts more easily when the stove door is left ajar. Some houses are so isolated that even a window must be opened when the fire is lit. A bellows also aids in ignition.

Trick 7 Lighting from above is better

Many modern stoves are designed to light the fire from the top down. Lighter from top to bottom is done by placing logs close together at the base, and lighting a small fire on top of that wood so that the fire is falling. In this way, even with the door closed from the beginning, the wood stove reaches its operating temperature earlier, the gases burn better, and the load of wood lasts longer.

Trick 8 Always more than one log

Always place two or three logs at a time – only one log will burn without heat very often. The reason is that firewood is consumed in three phases, and a single log is not capable of optimally maintaining its own process. More logs offer more

combustion surface and generate a more constant and long-lasting heat. In addition, by placing several logs together, a self-combustion effect is created, where gases and flames feed each other, improving the efficiency of the stove.

In short, by following these tips from Jotul, you will be able to get the most out of your wood stove, making the most of the heat generated and reducing wood consumption. Remember to regulate the air properly, keep the stove clean, use different types of wood, look for all-night autonomy and follow the proper ignition method. With these tips, you can enjoy a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home in an efficient and sustainable way.

You may also be interested

High angle view of a woman placing firewood in the fireplace.
Post

7 tips to spend less on heating and reduce your winter bill

Saving on heating costs is possible by following a few key tips. Maintain a temperature of 21ºC, turn off the heating at night, insulate the house, use a wood stove as a complement, invest in good insulation, opt for sealed combustion stoves, and distribute the heat from the fireplace to other rooms. These measures not only help reduce heating bills, but also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability.

MORE >>
JOTUL
Man making pros and cons list of each stove
Post

5 tips to choose the ideal fireplace and create a warm and unique home

The choice of a fireplace goes beyond its design, it is important to consider practical and installation aspects. In this article, we offer you 5 tips for selecting the ideal fireplace for your home. From seeking professional advice to taking into account the space where it will be placed, the type of combustion, the specialized installation and the necessary maintenance. Discover how to combine efficiency and style in the choice of your fireplace with the help of Flamogar.

MORE >>
jotul
Post

Tips for lighting a good fire

Lighting a fire can be a challenge, but there are methods that make the process easier and more environmentally friendly. In this article, we show you the top down method of fire starting, which produces less soot and ash, ensures a better air supply and prolongs the life of the wood load. Discover the necessary steps, from preparing the base with logs to lighting the pellets and adjusting the air supply. Follow these guidelines and enjoy an efficient and long-lasting fire in your Jøtul stove or fireplace.

MORE >>
JOTUL
Image of a white Jotul stove
Post

Tips for choosing a wood stove in Mallorca

If you are looking for a new wood or gas stove in Mallorca, in Flamogar we guide you to make the best decision. Our team will provide you with personalized advice, but here are some key recommendations. From considering island location and adequate heating power, to the importance of ventilation and insulation, we’ll help you select the ideal stove for your home. In addition, we offer advice on installation, maintenance and other important aspects to take into account. Find out how to find the perfect stove in Mallorca!

MORE >>
jotul
Wood stove with modern design in black color
Post

Gas, wood or bioethanol?

Discover the practical aspects for choosing the perfect fireplace
Excerpt: Beyond aesthetics, choosing the right fireplace involves considering heating performance, installation requirements, fuel type, and ease of use and maintenance. Learn from experts in the field and discover how sealed, wood, biomass and gas fireplaces offer efficient and sustainable solutions. In addition, learn about the advantages of thermo-fireplaces to enjoy hot water and heat the whole house. Discover everything you need to know to find the ideal fireplace and enjoy the warmth in your home.

MORE >>
jotul
Person carefully cleaning a Jotul stove to keep it in good condition.
Post

Maintenance tips for your Jotul stove or fireplace

Keeping your Jotul stove or fireplace in good condition is essential for optimal and safe operation. Learn how to clean the glass efficiently, use the ashes correctly and perform the necessary annual maintenance. In addition, discover the importance of regular chimney sweeping to prevent soot build-up and ensure efficient and environmentally friendly combustion. Follow these tips from Jotul and chimney sweeping experts to care for and prolong the life of your stove or fireplace.

MORE >>
JOTUL
A detailed view of an iron stove with the Jotul logo on the front.
Post

The art and resistance of Jotul iron

Dive into the fascinating world of iron with Jøtul. Discover how this strong and durable material has been expertly molded to create the most iconic stoves. From its casting in 3D molds to its impeccable finish, each piece of iron tells a story of unparalleled craftsmanship and quality. Delve into the legacy of iron with Jøtul and discover why its presence in your home is synonymous with elegance, strength and lasting warmth.

MORE >>
jotul