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Important Tips

It is important to ensure that the stove is installed by a specialist and the performance of the flue, fire protection measures (safety distances) and combustion air supply are tested. In Germany, responsibility for this lies with the local chimney sweep, who offers advice on which stove suits which flue prior to purchase based on three indicators. Before the stove is used for the first time, the chimney sweep must check the connection, the position and the room in which the stove is installed in accordance with building regulations (German regulations on heating systems - Feuerungsverordnung).

Open all windows in the room when you first heat up the stove, as the coating may give off an unpleasant smell whilst being burned-in. When heating up the stove, the primary and ­secondary air intake valves must be opened­ ­fully. The same applies to the damper valve, if applicable.

When adding fuel, open the door carefully so the suction effect does not draw smoke into the room. This is especially important for stoves with large glass panels.

If the door is opened during operation, the flue must throw out eight times the volume of air in order to generate low pressure in the door opening area. The flue can only do this if its diameter is sufficiently wide and it has enough ­effective height.

In order to achieve the above-mentioned draught, the minimum required height of the flue is normally 4.50 m above the stove pipe ­inlet and the diameter of the flue a maximum of 20 cm.

After the stove has been lit, the primary air valve should be closed far enough so that only very small flames are visible. The required heat is ­regulated by the amount of fuel added. The maximum amount and type of fuel stated in the operating instructions must be observed here. If the secondary air is reduced too much, this ­leads to heavier soiling of the inside of the stove, the glass panel and the flues.

The flues should be cleaned at least once a year. The stated heat output should help prevent you installing totally oversized stoves, as these stoves would have to be turned down constantly. As a rule of thumb, one kW of nominal heat output can heat a room of up to­ ­between 15 and 20 m3. The door seals are wearing parts und should be tested regularly to ensure they are in proper working order. If the seals are brittle or are ­losing their firmness, they should be replaced. Excessive use of window cleaning products can also cause the seals to wear out more quickly, as some cleaning products weaken the seals.

Before using your stove for the first time, ­ensure that you read and follow the operating instructions.