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Radianting versus convection heating stoves

RADIATING STOVES

Radiating stoves offer warmth quicker. The models are built from a single sheet where there is no gap between the combustion chamber and the external walls. The heat is radiated into its immediate surrounds leaving the further corners or spaces cold. The floor remains cold and the ceiling accumulates the warmest air. Radiating stoves are ideal for inglenooks and brick fireplaces where the stove heats the bricks which remain warm long after the fire is gone. Usually the stoves are built from cast iron which is highly durable, but is not able to reach efficiencies and CO emission levels like convection stoves.
Furthermore, the external surface remains very hot and can cause serious skin burns. A safety guard is recommended for families with children.

 

CONVECTION STOVES

Convection stoves offer incomparable comfort. All models have an inside air space between the combustion chamber and the external covering. The stove works on the principle of natural convection – cold air is heavier (drops to the floor), warm air is lighter (rises to the top). During the functioning, cold air is naturally drawn in from the bottom of the stove into the air space where it is heated. Once warm, the air naturally rises to the top and out of the stove warming the room homogenuosely and uniformly. Furthermore, the type and quality of the material used to build these stoves guarantee considerable combustible savings. The heat generated continues to warm the room hours after the stove has been estinguished.
The other advantages of convection stoves include even heat distribution where the temperatures between the floor and the ceiling differ only by max. of 2 degrees. If the stove is positioned in the middle of the room, open-plan or hallway, it is able to draw cold air from adjacent rooms as well. Furthermore, external covering remains cool to touch and does not cause skin burns. It is therefore safe to use for families with children where no guards are necessary.

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