Energy Efficient Soapstone Fireplaces
Radiant Stone Ovens & Fireplaces is Seattle’s only dealer for high-efficiency Tulikivi soapstone fireplaces. Tulikivi soapstone fireplaces only require a small amount of wood, which burns cleanly and produces very little ash. Our soapstone fireplaces exceed even the toughest of emissions standards and the heat they generate can even be connected to a radiant heat hot water system.
Tulikivi soapstone fireplaces produce carbon neutral heat
Heating with wood is carbon neutral: the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide would be released if the wood decayed, but burning it allows the heat energy to be used efficiently. Switching to bioenergy, of which burning wood is an example, is an excellent way in which to contribute to achieving the Kyoto targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases. Tulikivi is the first company in its sector to calculate the carbon footprint of its soapstone fireplaces: the impact of the Tulikivi heater manufacturing process is offset in as little as 1-2 years.
Tulikivi soapstone fireplaces burn cleanly, exceeding even the toughest emissions standards!
Environmentally sound warmth from wood
Forests are the lungs of our planet. This is due to the fact that every tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and transforms it into carbon which is then stored as one component of wood. Therefore wood, when burned, releases as much carbon dioxide as the tree has absorbed during its lifetime. That is why wood biomass – as opposed to fossil fuels like coal or oil – is called “carbon dioxide neutral”, since the release and absorption of carbon dioxide constitute a circle.
The natural carbon dioxide circle - Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air. This gas goes back into the air when the tree rots or when the wood is burned in a Tulikivi fireplace. The circle starts again.
A Tulikivi soapstone fireplace is a green choice
The unique Tulikivi soapstone fireplace provides clean combustion that boasts emissions levels below regulations, its use can offset the carbon footprint, and because it is fueled by a renewable energy source, it is a green heating alternative. The radiant heat provided by a Tulikivi is more energy-efficient than the convection heat of a traditional wood stove. Two natural resources, soapstone and wood bring natural warmth to life.
Wood: an economical and environment-friendly fuel... if put to clever use!
The amount of CO₂ emitted when you burn wood in your Tulikivi soapstone fireplace is the same as when wood decomposes naturally in the forest. The same quantity of CO₂ is extracted from the air for photosynthesis when the tree is growing. This maintains a kind of balance and, in theory, makes the Tulikivi carbon-neutral.
Moreover, the use of wood energy helps maintain the forests and natural environment. Recovering energy from forest waste makes it possible to improve forest health. It also enables us to preserve the countryside and creates a wider range of jobs for people working in rural areas. This boost to forestry work helps improve the quality of wood for the future and enriches forest resources.
The use of wood energy also makes it possible to use byproducts and waste created by the “wood” sector as a fuel. This is even more the case with Tulikivi, as all types of wood are suitable for a Tulikivi. The most important thing is to use dry wood. Logs needed to be finely split so that you obtain a good fire and high temperatures in the stove.