Tile stove or stove or pipe stove or...?
Here at Allt om kakelugn.se, we are of course extremely biased when it comes to choosing a fireplace: of course you should have a tiled stove!
The tiled stove is still, despite its age, unsurpassed as a fireplace both in terms of efficient heat and – undeniably – beauty.Buy a tile stove!
But if you still hesitate in choosing between fireplaces, the following list can be helpful. These are the tile stove's "relatives", i.e. other fireplaces you may have in your home:
The pipe stove - "The poor man's stove"
The tube stove is basically built exactly like a tiled stove, but without the extravagant extras: the tiles. Inside, they are usually bricked in the same heat-saving way, but in the past, the tube stoves were often bricked as three-pipes, while the tiled stoves were usually five-pipes, and the efficiency was then lower for the simpler pipe stove. The pipe stove became a good alternative for the common people because it was much easier and cheaper to acquire. After being bricked up, it only needed to be plastered and painted on the outside. Sometimes it had forged shutters that shut the fire in, but it could also be a completely open fireplace. Most often, they are completely white painted or whitewashed and very beautiful in their simplicity. Today, you can brick stoves in the same way as tiled stoves and get just as good efficiency.
The economy stove – a middle ground
The savings stove was called something between an open fireplace and a tiled stove that was found in simpler households. Common in workers' housing at the end of the 19th century. It was intended to save on wood, but without the advanced construction of the tiled stove.
Lousy efficiency, and therefore only gives minimal heat back. But high cozy factor because you can see the fire. Not childproof. Efficiency approx. 5-10 percent.
Stove insert in fireplace / cassette
Anyone who wants to improve the heat output of their fireplace can insert a stove insert or a cassette. The efficiency is then improved to 40-60 percent. Most of the time you can still see the fire through glass doors, but if you sometimes if you want to heat, you can also heat with the hatches open (but then of course you lose efficiency)
Suitable if you want a fireplace with a high cozy factor, but with better heat efficiency than an open fireplace. It has an insert that is built into concrete blocks and plastered or painted. Relatively low weight. Efficiency 65-75 percent.
Modern tile, brick or soapstone ovens
Often weighs less than a traditional tiled stove due to modern materials. Many of these modern variants can be assembled by the handy buyer himself. Can be fired much harder and more often than traditional tile stoves. Efficiency 67-75 percent.
Cast iron stove
Gives a lot of heat and works excellently in, for example, a summer house that needs to be heated up quickly. Not particularly childproof as they often get hot on the outside. Efficiency 76-75 percent.
Efficient fireplace that provides good heat. Wood-burning stoves are made of sheet metal and weigh very little. Efficiency 65-85 percent
The tile stove is like a wood stove, but has borrowed the appearance from a tile stove. It is a sort of in-between: takes longer to cool down than a wood burning stove, but not as long as a real tiled stove. Weighs more than the wood stove but not as much as a tiled stove. Good option for those who want a tiled stove, but who do not want to install a foundation that can support a real and heavier tiled stove.Efficiency 70-75 percent.
Kitchen stove in cast iron
Came in the late 19th century and is still found in many older houses. Works both as a heat source and for cooking. Efficiency: different!
Now we are talking about professional heating rather than coziness factor and beauty. Requires care and supervision, such as refilling pellets. The heat can be regulated steplessly for a comfortable indoor temperature.Efficiency 45-85 percent.
Source: on the sitehttp://www.skorstensfejare.se/pub25.asp which the National Association of Chimney Sweepers stands behind, there is an overview of all the different fireplaces that exist and a lot of facts about them, such as efficiency, effect, weight and flue gas temperature, etc.
Feel free to read more there if you are in the process of choosing and qualifying between different fireplaces.