Asking the Burning Questions
Q: Do I need to tend to the fire regulary?
A: Even when using the eco firebox as a primary heating source, you only need to add wood every 12 to 24 hours, affected by factors such as home efficiency and outdoor temperatures.
Q: How long will the heat from the initial burning cycle last?
A: The eco firebox releases heat during the firing cycle and continues to radiate the stored heat at a steady temperature of 150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 24 hours after the fire goes out.
Q: Does this efficient style of burning result in excessive home temperatures?
A: The heat is literally stored in the masonry, much like a rock sitting in the sun, releasing heat evenly over time.
Q: Since the eco firebox burns at such high temperatures, is it safe to have around children and pets?
A: Unlike a wood stove, in which the entire unit poses a risk, the rear and top of the eco firebox rarely exceeds temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the masonry sides and front, reaching temperatures of 150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, will not burn you, your children, or your pets. As with all fireplaces, the door poses potential risk for burn.
Q: Why aren’t humidity levels affected as they are with traditional fireplaces?
A: Since radiant heat emanates from warmed surfaces, as opposed to heating the air, the moisture in the air remains constant, instead of evaporating.
Q: Why is the air quality, in terms of pollutants, so much better with an eco firebox than it is with a fireplace or wood stove?
A: The air-tight design of the eco firebox encourages the burning of the gases released from the burning wood. Since these gases are utilized as a heat source, unlike in a wood stove or fireplace, virtually none remain to be emitted into the indoor and outdoor air. As a result, the eco firebox practically eliminates all creosote, tar, soot (the re-solidified gases), leaving you with ultra-efficient, clean, and healthy radiant heat. See the page Heath Matters for how wood smoke gases pose asthma and life-threatening risks.
Q: A 97-98% combustion efficiency is great, but how does one transfer all the heat to the home before it escapes up the chimney?
A: We accomplish this by routing the heat through a series of masonry baffles (also known as heat exchangers), which absorb the heat before sending it up the chimney.