The science of the Flame – It seems like an elementary thing to us as we’ve been burning wood since burning wood was invented, however the process of combustion is actually a series of complex chemical reactions between a fuel source and oxygen. What occurs in this exothermic reaction is more than just energy (heat) production, what forms is a double oxygen bond (02) which basically means energy is a result of the molecule being strengthened in the reaction – this is combustion in a shortened, simplified version. In a wood fire the energy produced and the resulting flames and heat make it possible for this process to become self-sustaining form of combustion or the cosy (Sculpt) fireplace you enjoy.
The wood combustion process and all it’s stages; complete, incomplete, smouldering, rapid, spontaneous, turbulent, micro-gravity and micro-combustion can be calculated which means we have highly educated professionals who’s main objective it is to discover how to maximise your wood heater and minimise pollution. They know how to create the largest energy production with the least amount of energy lost, how to minimise fuel use and by-product emissions and thus optimise the process of combustion. So without getting any further into the science of flames, and using impressive sounding words like stoichiometric, chemical equilibrium and catalytic converter – which would guarantee you, dear reader, a deep sleep, lets tell you how our products achieve patented optimised combustion.
Most Axis and Seguin models are equipped with DAFS technology – a patented method of combustion management that controls reaction mechanisms, air flow, temperature and instabilities in both the primary and secondary phases of combustion. In long form DAFS stands for Double Air Flow System, it’s an optimised burn system that improves performance right from the initial ignition stage.
All this ensures our products have more effective burn systems, maximise airflow and heat production, utilise optimal oxygen and fuel ratios, have superior heat output, are eco-friendly, and result in cleaner units, glass and flue systems, and have a longer burn times than open fireplaces. Our Seguin range and it’s exclusive patented DAFS technology ensures your purchase not only looks fantastic but works fantastically, looking great for longer and warming your home more effectively and reducing pollutants in your home and the environment.
(Because I find these fun facts fascinating) Did you know Fire was actually the first controlled chemical reaction discovered by humans and produces most of our energy?