Here are the risks when the price of electricity makes us burn more in the stove


In If’s survey, Swedes answer that they should burn more in the stove due to the high electricity prices. But the insurance company’s expert warns of misfire. “There is often a limit to what a stove and chimney can handle,” says Per Sjölander to Ny Teknik.

We are in the most flammable season. During December and January, SOS Alarm receives 18 percent more calls about house fires compared with the rest of the year.

The most common starting point is cooking in the kitchen, but according to statistics from MSB for the past three years, 1 in 8 residential fires occurred in a fireplace or boiler.

A number of factors have now given us record high electricity prices, and in a new survey conducted by If, 20 percent answer that due to the expensive electricity, they will burn more frequently in the stove this winter compared to before.

The insurance company states that indoor fires increase as the temperature drops, and they see a problem with people lighting fires.

– It is partly about the material that you fire. For example, it should not be pressure impregnated. If you burn wood that is not dry enough, it can eventually cause a fire, and if you are really unlucky, the whole house can burn down. Too wet wood gives more tar formation on the walls of the chimney. It can impregnate the entire masonry, and once a fire starts, it can be a real flame that is also very difficult to extinguish, says Per Sjölander, department manager for the area of ​​fire / water damage at If, to Ny Teknik.

What applies to your fireplace?

He notes that many fires every day. Then you build up these risks quite quickly, and it is not certain that the chimney sweep that comes once a year will have time to keep up after the construction in the chimney. Another problem is that people load too much fuel into their stove.

For example, you should not “compensate fire”, and push in a lot of wood just to go out for a while. Regarding the appropriate amount, you should look at what applies to your own fireplace, and feel free to weigh the right amount once so that you know how many firewood it corresponds to.

As a rule of thumb, Per Sjölander does not add more than three firewoods at a time. The chimney often has a point where it can no longer keep the heat inside.

– Adjacent materials can withstand a normal fire in the chimney, but there is a risk when you fire very much – because there is often a limit to what a stove and chimney can handle in how much you fire in a day. And if you exceed those values, it can be that the heat gets out in the surrounding construction, such as trusses or something similar. There may be a fire that occurs there, says Per Sjölander.


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