Adding fresh wood A wooden fire goes through 3 phases. 1. phase: the water which is absorbed in the wood is heated and evaporates at up to 160°C. The smoke from the wood will be dark. 2. phase: the degasification of the wood starts at 160°C and releases 70% of the heating energy of the wood. Afterwards 85% of the wood mass will be consumed and 15% remains in the form of charcoal. 3. phase: the charcoal combusts at 600°-1300°C, producing no flames. During this oxidation the final 30% of the heating energy will be released. At the end 1% of the wooden mass will be left in form of ashes. The optimal point to add fresh firewood is towards the end of phase 2, small blue flames are still visible. The door of the stove should be opened slowly and the fresh wood should be put carefully onto the glowing charcoal. If the wood were thrown in, there would be a danger of breaking the firebricks in the stove. A stiff, one hand operated tongs can be useful for the controlled introduction of fresh wood. Many stoves have a self-closing door, therefore the one hand operati-on www.red-anvil.net 11 is practical. The Dax will not lose its prey! These tongs from Red Anvil bites firmly into the wood and remains rigid even with billets up to 2 kg. The Dax is available separately in a gift box or as part several companion sets. In case the optimal point for adding firewood was missed and smoke develops without a fire, Red Anvil has the solution. Our hollow pokers can be used as a blowing tube. The BlowPoker delivers the air directly to the place wanted and a cloud of ashes is avoided. All Red Anvil pokers are hollow and can be used as blowing tubes. Actually, we introduced the original BlowPoker in 2004!
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