Selecting the right output power KW
There are many to consider when selecting the stoves output power. Our city, the area (seaside, mountainview), orientation. In other words the external temperature combined to humidity and the exposal to weather conditions are the factors we should take under consideration.
We should also consider the space insulation, structural materials used and overall cubic meters of the space. (There is difference in the heating demands of a high ceiling space and a low ceiling space).
Most commercial stoves have a name power in kW. A simple way to calculate our requirments is to divide the spaces area in square meters by 10.
For example, for a space of 60sq m we will need a 6kW stove
A more precise way is to calculate the spaces area and multiply by 0,050 then multiply by the height of the area and add a 10-20% for losses. For example, a space with an area of 60sq m and 2,2m height would require a 60 X 0,05 X 2,2=6,6 + 10% = 7,26kW stove
On this website we have roughly calculated the space each stove model can cover with the easy way of calculating but instead of dividing by 10 we devide by 8 to cover for losses.
These ways of calculation are only a directive for the right stove selection. The best and more accurate calculation should be done by an installation expert or an engineer.
Please note that a lower than required power stove will be unable to heat your space, will consume more wood than the right one, resulting in it overheating and or its destruction. On the other hand a high powered stove should be fed less wood in order not to overheat the room, resulting in having a weaker flame thus incomplete combustion, more residue (smoke - humidity) and will need require frequent maintenance of both the stove and the chimney.
Stoves / Energy efficient stoves / Pellet Stoves / Maintenance
To properly and safely operate your stove, it is necessary to maintain it regularly. In general the best time is spring, ie at the end of the season.
The combustion chamber should be cleaned of ashes residues etc., clean the glass and the chimney if necessary. These stoves due to their metal structure do not have water resistance and may corrode. Therefore the should be cleaned dry - without any water.
Always follow the manufacturers safety and maintenance precautions while in some cases as for example for pellet stoves maintenance should be carried out by a specialist.