What is an outdoor air kit?
Outdoor air kits is an optional extra for many wood heaters such as the Sculpt Seguin range that brings a continuous stream of fresh air from outside directly to your inbuilt OR freestanding wood heater.
Whilst an outdoor air kit is not always required for every build, they are highly recommended. This is because newly built houses these days are often under much stricter energy and insulation regulations meaning houses are being built to almost airtight conditions. To overcome this, outdoor air kits are becoming a regular solution by making use of fresh air from outside your house in the combustion of a fire as opposed to the ambient air from inside the room. As these kits directly connect the fireplace to outside, fireplaces using this technology operate in a closed circuit.
To answer to those new requirements, a large range of Seguin stoves and fireboxes offer the possibility to not use the ambient air of the room for the combustion. The appliances directly take the fresh air from the outside, through a sheath directly connected to the outside or a double-flow flue.
What are the advantages?
If you’re building a 6 star and above home, but want the warmth and ambience of a woodfire, an outdoor air kit is encouraged. By taking in air from outside and not the room, this will result in a warmer home. Outdoor air kits also ensure that your wood burning heater receives sufficient air for the unit to work to its best ability.