The high black colour fireplace is close the white wall and window.

Heat retaining wood burning stoves and fireplaces

With red-hot prices for electricity and knowing that about 60% of the energy costs of an average house are spent on heating, most of us wish there were more options that would allow us to enjoy comfort and cosiness without compromising on warmth.

Warm and cost-effective with heat storage

Keeping our homes warm and cosy with a log fire is just as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago, although the conditions now are slightly different. As well as spreading a cosy feel throughout the home, a fireplace or wood burning stove provides an efficient and affordable source of heat. We all know how enjoyable it is to sit and feel the heat from a wood burning stove. But did you know there are even more benefits to be gained?

Simple ways to save electricity and firewood

The simplest way to cut heating costs is to use modern wood-burning technology. If your stove or fireplace is old, it won’t be very fuel-efficient. You’ll be using more logs to keep it stoked up and lots of particles will be escaping through the chimney.

The black fireplace heats the modern design room in a house

By choosing a clean burn stove, you will be helping to reduce particle emissions by up to 90%, while achieving 40% more efficiency from every log you burn. 

Norwegian heating association for eco-friendly fireplaces and chimneys

The requirement for clean-burn fireplaces was introduced in Norway back in 1998, while the European Union introduced regulations in January 2022 for the whole of the EU/EEA that all stoves sold and installed in homes after that date must be clean-burning. Scan has naturally had clean-burn technology since the start in 1998.

You can make a difference to the environment and contribute to a healthier climate for all of us by choosing a clean-burning stove with minimal particulate emissions. Since less heat disappears up the chimney and more is radiated into your home, you’ll be keeping your energy consumption significantly lower too.

By the way, did you know that you can save on firewood and be kinder to the environment simply by making and lighting the fire bed correctly?

The black fireplace which is close to the blue color wall heats the room in a house.

Additional heat storage for log burners and stoves

We have a system called Scan Heat Storage that allows many of our stoves and log burners to be fitted with heat retaining stones inside their top chamber. Specially made to fit each individual fireplace and stove, the stones are crafted from a material with outstanding capacity to retain heat for a long time. In fact they retain and release heat for up to 12 hours after the last log has been placed on the fire! And since the wood burning stoves from Scan stoves are also fully compliant with some of the world’s most stringent test standards for emissions, you are doing a real service to your wallet and your local community.

How does Scan Heat Storage work?

The heat storage system is compact and positioned inside the top of the stove. The material has an exceptional capacity to absorb and store the heat produced by the fire. If you have the vent open, the fire will quickly heat the room. When the vent is closed, the heat is stored and the stove continues to radiate heat for up to 12 hours.

  1. Air intake
  2. Secondary air
    Secondary air for clean combustion
  3. Air wash
    Circulation of pre-heated air keeps the glass clean
  4. Heat retaining stone
    Stored heat is circulated and stored in the top of the stove when the air vent is closed
  5. Heat release
    Heat is released when the top vent is open

For those interested in technical details, this is tested in the following way:

The fire was lit in a cold stove with a normal 2.25 kg load of firewood. Thereafter, four 2.25 kg loads were added every 45-50 minutes. Total heat-up time was 3.5-4 hours. The final load of firewood is more than enough for the heat to be stored all night and the stove will feel warm the next morning.
A total of 11.25 kg of wood was used.

Heat memory system

The chart shows the heat development some 45-50 minutes after the last log was placed on the fire.

Black steel fireplace with black glass door Scan 84 in a living room with brown sofa and light gray chair

Benefits of fireplaces and stoves that store heat

Let’s sum up the many benefits you can enjoy from a wood burning fireplace that stores the heat it generates:

  • Warm, comfortable heat is released over a long period of time
  • The heat lasts longer
  • Uses less firewood
  • Reduces the need for other heat sources
  • Sustainable heat
  • Financial benefits

If you feel that the time has come to replace your old non-clean wood-burning stove with a new one, or if you are looking for a more heat-efficient wood-burning stove, our dealers will be happy to assist you in finding the right product for your home.