OXIAS FIREWOOD

Use of Firewood Beech

The wood of beech is ideal for burning in fireplaces, classic [open], or energy, furnaces and boilers.

Most homes these days have a fireplace so families enjoy the warmth and coziness of. But we know that the type of wood you choose for our fireplace plays a key role in the operation and its performance? They are not suitable for all wood fuel. Other articles suitable for "kindling" and other types are suitable for the "primarily burning" we want to keep for several hours!

Additionally, the fire in the fireplace is highly dependent and the size of firewood we choose, as well as their moisture. The most common in our country articles, suitable for firewood is oak, olive and beech, depending on the region and availability exists. Therefore choose firewood we want and we get in time to be as dry as possible. The best season is summer, much until the middle of September. Sure, the summer months on the market find the most dried wood. Good quality firewood produced and from other species, e.g. evergreen broadleaf (holm oak, holly, arbutus, filyki) and fruit trees (apple, cherry, almond).

The wood of beech is preferred in most cases because firstly gives good flame without problems and also has a long burn. Large role plays and availability of firewood. So in our islands olive customary, whereas in areas neighboring the Pindos Mountains beech rivaling the oaks. Particular care must be taken in storing the firewood in the way of packing and the place of storage. It is a rule that the best firewood are those stored for longer than two years and have fully dried. The wood should be stored in a covered, well-ventilated area and the moisture content is below 15%.

Some details related to firewood and 'burning' them:

How and what "burning"?
In fire occurs so-called "burning" of the timber, ie. Thermal "cleavage" of the wood necessary in the presence of air (oxygen). In fact, combustion is compound of oxygen with the contents of timber (carbon, hydrogen), converting them to carbon dioxide, water and thermal energy (heat). This reaction in chemistry called "exothermic" and yields about 5,000 kilocalories (Kcal) per one kilogram of dry firewood. Ignition and combustion of the wood depends upon many factors - properties of the wood, e.g. size and shape, moisture, density, chemical composition and content extracts, particularly resin (resin) and volatiles.

What are the most suitable types of wood for the fireplace?
Some types of wood produce much smoke and have an unpleasant odor. Others are not readily burn thereby not produce the required space for our heat. Depending on the size of the spaces that we want to heat, we can use as kindling or in the early stages of combustion "softwood", ie. Conifers, such as pine, fir or spruce "grab" very easily and quickly give greater flame. But they have the disadvantage - listed below - that can "run away." For this usually prefer more suitable tinder, ie. Paper or thin branches placed between the wood for the start of combustion or "kindling modules" that are commercially available and after the main combustion use "hardwoods", ie. Broadleaves such as beech , oak, olive, etc. which are heavy, are dense and burned calm and flame away. Generally, wood density is low because of their high percentage of voids (and thus oxygen) burn more easily than high-density wood. This helps the presence of highly flammable "resin" (resin) having a high calorific value. For this some use "dadopoiimeno wood" (taper). For wood with too high concentration of resin as kindling.

Let's keep in mind some additional details related to firewood and 'burning' them:

Protective measures and what to remember?
When talking about a fireplace and burning fire talking about what this entails. Therefore, we must be careful. For reasons of security and better performance, preferred fireplaces closed firebox. The scintillation of the fireplace is certainly pleasant and romantic, but it can be dangerous for rugs, carpets, furniture and home! The crackling of firewood and "chap" cause them flying objects lit track, so it is advisable to protect the living room and the living room by the fire by placing special glass or mesh for protection. Do not leave unattended the fire, especially that with open fire. Additionally, avoid burning old furniture or sealed timber, eg particleboards, fibreboard (MDF), plywood or coated products because they contain resins, synthetic materials and chemicals that, when burned, produce toxic fumes and hazardous fumes.

What types of wood "crashing" and what to do?
In some cases they may firewood to "run away", ie. Causing a loud bang and pieces thrown in all directions. This is dangerous and needs attention. "Scania" mainly because some coniferous species of wood structure. Such species, according to the literature, is juniper species (cedrus), juniper (juniperus), larch, spruce and chestnut. Why these woods "explode"? The firewood can not be completely dry or have "Notícias ''. So, when the temperature rises, the moisture containing changes to "gas" generated inside during combustion. The gases can not escape and cause so these "eruptions" accompanied by the characteristic squeak. Playing a role in the phenomenon and 'wells' are contact holes ie. The wood cells, which may be clogged and can easily entrap gases. We can even, species cedar be "explosion" by overheating of certain volatile containing extracts while according to another embodiment and may be caused "explosion" of the produced gaseous ethanol into the burning firewood.

How can we get better performance in our fireplace?
The fireplace and its construction is the first challenge. The fireplace is a small structure that must be well designed in order "to draw well," as is customary to say, regardless of the size of the fire. How well it pulls the fire affected and the surface occupied by the fire in the hearth. Also, it is useful the first few times you operate the fireplace to check how extensive fire can satisfy without smoke. Important also is the type of burner you have. The amount of thermal energy that gives a fireplace depends significantly on the corner, that can be built-in with firebricks (yield 10-15%), with prefabricated cast iron (yield 15-25%) or energy (efficiency up to 85%). The fireplaces are preferred today because they have greater thermal efficiency. Role plays and the choice of the door of the fireplace must be of excellent quality to isolate the air. It goes without saying that our firewood should be as dry as possible. The heat allows the fireplace of course depends on the type and size of the firewood that we use, but additionally depends upon how its placing on goal. This is a secret to the success of a good fire. There they must be squeezed together in order to circulate the air between them and the supplies the necessary oxygen for combustion.