Nothing beats the atmosphere and experience of a real wood fire. However, in recent years we increasingly hear that a wood fire or stove is very harmful to the environment. But is a wood fire really as harmful to the environment as we think?

In this blog, we will give you information about wood fires and the environment and give you tips so that you can continue to enjoy the fire responsibly:

We are regularly asked whether wood fires are still allowed. We wrote a blog on that question. You can read the blog via the button below.

Is a wood fire still allowed?

How environmentally friendly is a wood fire or stove?

The smoke released from burning wood contains particulate matter. When you fire a wood stove, you emit particulate matter, which is harmful to the environment. But a wood fire or stove is probably more environmentally friendly than you think.
Often the information about firing wood is based on facts about firing in an open fire. However, a new built-in wood fire or stove cannot be compared to an open fire. The efficiency of an open fire is much lower than the efficiency of a built-in wood fire or stove. While an open fire converts only 15% of the energy into heat, this percentage is between 80-90% for an insert wood fire or stove. So with an insert or built-in fire, you need significantly less wood to heat the room than with an open fire.
In addition, the government currently sets strict requirements for the emission of harmful substances such as particulate matter. This is laid down in the EcoDesign 2022 legislation. When you purchase a wood fire or stove from DRU, you can be certain that your fire complies with the legislation and that you are heating in an environmentally conscious manner!

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Innovative and environmentally friendly stoking with a DRU wood fire

The wood fires and stoves in DRU's range achieve a high efficiency that cannot be compared to that of an open fire. Our enclosed and well thought-out fires achieve a high temperature, allowing the wood to burn more completely and efficiently. The smart design of the fire and the high temperature ensure that even the remaining soot particles burn. So you save on wood, emit less particulate matter and soot particles and save the environment. So with a DRU wood fire you heat your home in a modern and sustainable manner!

Are you currently still using an old wood-burning stove or open fire to heat your home? Then it is definitely worth replacing it with a new wood fire or stove. You will save on heating costs, but above all, you will save the environment.

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Environmentally friendly burning a wood fire? Easy with our tips!

A wood fire or stove is environmentally friendly, but you need to pay attention to a number of points. Besides buying a new, more environmentally friendly wood fire, the efficiency and power of the fire also affect its environmental impact. With these 3 tips, make sure you choose the right power and that your fire achieves the highest possible efficiency!

1. Choose the right power for the fire

How environmentally conscious a wood fire is depends both on the type, power and efficiency of the fire. Do you want to burn a wood fire in an environmentally conscious way? Then make sure you choose the right efficiency and power output for your fire. When buying a new fire, think about what you will use it for. If it serves to heat the room, you will need more power than if you choose a wood-burning stove for the atmosphere. With our tips, you can easily calculate the capacity of the fire needed to comfortably heat your home.

Contemporary wood-burning stoves come with the well-known energy label. With an energy label you can see at a glance the capacity and efficiency of the intended wood fire or stove. In addition, the label states what the wood fire or stove emits and how environmentally harmful it is. On the product pages of all our fires and stoves you will find the energy labels of the respective product. So you always make an informed environmentally friendly choice.

2. Proper installation and regular maintenance increases wood fire efficiency

Always have your new wood fire or stove installed by a technician. By installing the wood fire correctly, you will not only increase the efficiency of the fire, but also ensure that the wood fire is safe to use. Besides proper installation, regular maintenance also increases the fire's efficiency. We therefore recommend that you maintain the fire regularly. Although wood fires and stoves require relatively little maintenance, regular maintenance ensures that no ash remains in the fire, thereby increasing its efficiency. Most fire maintenance is easy to do yourself, but some things are better left to an expert.

Our authorised dealers ensure proper installation of your fire. You can easily find your nearest dealer via find your dealer.

3. A wood-burning stove is environmentally friendly if you use it responsibly

A wood fire or stove is environmentally friendly if you use it sensibly. But there are some important points to consider when heating your home with a wood fire. With our tips, you can be sure of responsible heating!
Use the right fuel
Unlike fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal or oil, wood is a renewable fuel. By burning wood from responsible forests, you are heating responsibly with an eye to the environment and human health. If you use wood from the surrounding area, you even create a sustainable cycle
But not all wood is suitable for firing. Suitable types of wood for firing include beech, oak and birch. But there are more points to consider when choosing the right wood for firing. For example, do not use processed wood to heat your house. Firing processed wood produces toxic fumes that are harmful not only to the environment, but also to you. In addition, firewood should contain only 12-18% moisture. So the wood must be dry enough to fire.
Fire according to the Swiss method
Besides choosing the right wood, the method of firing also influences the efficiency of the wood fire and the burden on the environment. At DRU we therefore recommend stoking according to the Swiss method.

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A central heating fire makes the most of the heat from burning wood

Nothing beats a real wood fire, but when you heat up your home with a wood fire, the central heating switches off. Do you want to make the most of the warmth of a wood-fired fire? Then consider a central heating fire. A wood fire is easy to connect to your central heating system. The heat from the fire is now also used to heat and water your home! With such an installation, you will be even more resource-conscious, save money and still create the cosy atmosphere of a wood fire in your home.

Want to know more about wood fires being environmentally friendly?

Do you have questions about the environmental friendliness of wood fires and stoves, or can we help you with something else? Feel free to contact us! Want to see our wood fires and stoves in the showroom?

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