Putting fireplace-stoves to use:
- Remove the wooden crate and unpack the fireplace-stove. Remove from the firebox the packaging materials preventing damage during transport (e.g. Hungarocell).
- Then connect the flue to the fireplace-stove.
- When putting a new fireplace-stove to use, make sure that the room is thoroughly ventilated because the heat-resistant paint applied to the stove body will burn to the sheet of the stove body at the time of first kindling, at working temperature. Until the paint fully hardens it gives unpleasant smell. After several kindlings, this smell will disappear.
Kindling a fire and burning fuel in fireplace-stoves:
- Prior to kindling a fire, open both air regulators and butterfly valve, if any.
- The secondary air regulator is located above the firebox door and regulates the amount of air streaming in front of the glass, keeping the glass clean. The primary air regulator is found under the firebox door – cold air flows to the firebox through the grate.
- Make sure that the ash pan is empty or there is not much ash therein, to allow free primary air flow.
- Then put 8 to 10 sticks of kindling on the grate of the firebox, and dry hardwood logs on top of it in an amount in compliance with the output of the fireplace stove. E.g. a 9 KW output stove will require 2.5 kg dry wood, i.e. 3 to 4 logs per hour.
- Light a fire.
- 10 to 15 minutes following the kindling of a fire, the primary air regulator may be closed until about its 3/4 part for wood and wood briquette fuels, depending on the chimney draught, and the secondary air may, depending on the chimney draught, be closed to about its half. These adjustments will allow clean and economical combustion in the fireplace-stove. If the fuel is brown coal briquette, the above adjustments are the other way round, because the burning of brown coal briquette requires little secondary air and much primary air.
- The next load of wood is due when the previous pile has burnt down to glowing embers. Then slowly open the firebox door and place the amount of wood in the stove which is in compliance with the output of the fireplace-stove.
Maintenance of fireplace-stoves
- To ensure undisturbed operation during the heating season, the maintenance of the fireplace-stove should be carried out at least once a year. It is important that the maintenance operation is always carried out on an unheated, cold fireplace-stove.
- Open the firebox door and wedge it open with a piece of wood.
- The firebox lining parts are vermiculite slabs. They are not fastened, they protect the firebox sheet supporting one another. Lift with your left hand the lefthand side of the flame trap vermiculite slab lying on the top of the firebox, then take out, with your right hand, the vermiculite slab on the upper lefthand side of the firebox. After that take out, one by one, all the firebox lining parts.
- When every part is taken out from the firebox, clean the inside of the firebox of all soot and ash deposits, using an ash vacuum cleaner or a broom.
- At the flue bend, if any, unscrew the cover of the cleaning hole, then, using a brush, clean the inside of the flue of any deposited soot and ash.
- After all this has been done, re-place the firebox lining slabs.
- From time to time (after about 60 kindlings) it is recommended to burn a ’Chimney Cleaning Log’ in your fireplace-stove. The catalytic substance contained in the ’Chimney Cleaning Log’ will, at normal working temperature, oxidize any soot and tar deposited in the appliance and on the inner surfaces of the chimney, thus any blockage of air paths in the flue or the chimney can be prevented.