Although you may not have to depend on an open fire in the middle of your home to provide the required heat, many people today still do. An open fire does of course provide the much needed heat that homes may need in the colder months, unless they have proper ventilation or an adequate chimney, they can present a hazard due to the build-up of smoke and fumes that occurs in the home. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently discovered that over 2 million people world-wide, lose their lives through the build-up of smoke and fumes from open fires required to provide heat to families. The unfortunate facts show that most of those lives lost were children or women and it is probably that which has prompted charitable agencies and other NGOs like Rotary International, to start to try and provide wood burning stoves to those that are currently using open fires for heat. Although some people may think that wood burning stoves sound a little primitive, even today 30% of all Italian homes are heated by wood burning stoves and although that is the highest percentage in Europe, many people in other European countries also use them to provide heat. If you look for wood burning stoves newcastle 2015, you will see that there are many new ones available to buy, as there is anywhere else in Europe and around the world as they are still an efficient way to heat a home. Of course the modern wood burning stoves are an improvement on the older ones like the Franklin stove which became famous because it was designed by Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin stove though, although famous, was not really that efficient and even in the 1800s one was designed by Carl Johan Cronstedt which proved to be 8 times more efficient. The modern wood burning stoves are even more efficient than the Cronstedt stoves and often the newer stoves can easily be converted to use other types of fuel, such as coal or peat.
Although all wood burning stoves have a body to contain the fire an air pipe to allow air to be introduced to the fire and a chimney to allow any smoke and fumes to be safely carried out of the home, it is the type of dampers that they have that determines how efficient they are. The dampers are in the air inlet pipe and control the amount of air that is introduced to the fire. It is of course the air that contains the oxygen to allow the fire to burn hotter and so by introducing more, you can increase the fire’s temperature whilst reducing the amount of air will make the fire burn cooler. With the dampers that are incorporated to the modern wood burning stoves, the efficiency of the stoves has been greatly improved on what it was 200 years ago and can now provide, even a modern home with safe and efficient heating for those winter months.