Saturday 15 December 2012

Wood Burning Stoves | Air Wash Explained and the Benefits

When it comes to wood burning stoves, many people have plenty of questions about how they work and what features they have. Air Wash is a classic example of this – a feature that you may not have heard of before.

So what is Air Wash?

All modern wood burning stoves have glass fronts so you can see the flames and the logs burning inside. After a while the glass inside can get dirty, meaning it’s time to get the rubber gloves out for a cleaning session.

This is where Air Wash comes in. If you prefer to leave it as long as possible in between cleaning sessions, you’ll love Air Wash. One or more vents are positioned to pull cooler air flow over the interior of the glass. This means the glass takes longer to become dirty, and that gives you more time to enjoy your fire and longer in between cleaning sessions!

Is this a common feature in contemporary wood burning stoves?

Oh yes, it’s more common than you might think. You’ll find it on a range of Amesti wood burning stoves, the Nordic 450, and Nordic 360. The Firebelly Stoves manufacturer a range of wood burning stoves and have the Air Wash feature built in: theFB1 and the FB2 are the just a couple names to look for.
Alternatively if you want one of the Aga stoves you could consider the Ludlow stove. The Broseley eVolution will also provide you with the Air Wash feature to keep that glass clean for much longer.

So Air Wash makes for a better stove?

It certainly does. The whole point of having a glass fronted stove is so you can see the flames flickering over the fuel inside. Air Wash means you get the best possible outlook and view of your stove and the flames it generates, so you can enjoy it on a daily basis for a long while before you ever need to think about cleaning the glass.
And since few of us love cleaning, that has to be a good thing!

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