It is a lovely dry night, you've worked all day, and now you want to enjoy your garden for a few hours. The perfect moment to light your Stofey stainless steel chiminea. But how do you create a comfortable warmth, with ever-fascinating flames? And what is the best way to light a chiminea, and to keep it burning?
You always need three components for making fire:
Together, they are the so-called 'Fire triangle'.
Oxygen is no problem with the Stofey chiminea. The fireplaces have a large opening, which will make sure that the fire can draw a lot of air.
When it comes to fuel, it is important to go for clean and dry wood. And with clean and dry wood, we mean unpainted and untreated wood. When burning painted, stained, and impregnated wood, hazardous smoke gases are released. These gases can damage your chiminea, and your health, and the health of people around you. Wood should also not contain too much moisture. Wet wood cannot be easily set on fire, since all the moisture should vaporise first, before the actual wood can be lighted.
The final part of the fire triangle, ‘heat or warmth’, also plays an important role. Before the fuel can ignite, there must be a source of heat. Usually, it is the fire lighters, combined with small pieces of wood. You can use these to heat the larger logs, so they catch fire as well. The moisture in the wood will vaporise first (white vapour). After that, the wood will start to burn (dark vapour). As the temperature is rising, the combustion will improve, and the dark smoke will disappear. At this moment, you can see the flames clearly. People love to watch and enjoy this.
Make sure that you put another log on the fire in time. When the fire is out of fuel, the temperature will lower, and the fire will eventually extinguish. The best way to do this is to add new wood when the fire is still hot. The new wood will sooner reach the desired ignition temperature, meaning you will have little to no dark smoke gases at all.
You can find more information about the properties of different types of firewood here.
This article has been created with the help of the voluntary fire-fighting officials. Do you any further (technical) questions about (making) fire? Please send us an e-mail or message us via Facebook.