Yes. Simply follow the ‘How to Use Guidelines’ for your style of heater. Keep SmartBurn flat and level at all times and ensure both ends of the SmartBurn remain open and free from ash. This will enable the SmartBurn to breathe and work to its full capability. Do not place SmartBurn in the concentrated heat area of the fire, otherwise it will not last for 3 months*.
The SmartBurn device needs to get hot to work. The mixture of non toxic natural ingredients in SmartBurn have been specially designed to be solid when cold. Once heated, the ingredients melt and sit in the ‘bowl’ of the steel casing and release a small amount of the vapourised ingredients from the open ends. This vapour allows the soot and sap (smoke) to be burnt ‘within’ the fire-box rather than going up the chimney flue as wasted fuel. A small amount of vapour will act on existing residues (black soot and sap) on the internal walls in the chimney flue. The residues will be slowly removed. Once the fire-box is cold, the mixture of ingredients becomes a solid again.
When used correctly SmartBurn is designed to last up to 3 months* before it needs to be replaced. Temperature regulates the speed at which SmartBurn operates. Please refer to the ‘How To Use Guidelines’ for best product placement for your style of heater.
Please refer to the 'How to Use Guidelines' for a guide on how many SmartBurns you need in your style of heater and flue.
SmartBurn improves the combustion process within the firebox. The following benefits can be observed;
Product performance may vary depending upon the heater model, wood used and the manner in which the heater is operated.
SmartBurn, when heated, enables the ‘flammable’ black soot and sap contained within the firebox to be burned ‘within’ the fire rather than allow it to go up the chimney flue as smoke. This is 'extra fuel' being burnt.
SmartBurn burns the smoke (soot and flammable sap) in the fire-box rather than allowing it to travel up the chimney flue. The smoke and particulates normally released into the atmosphere are then reduced by up to 54%*. During its lifespan, each SmartBurn prevents approximately 15 kg of particulate emissions from entering the atmosphere.
The SmartBurn has been designed to clean the chimney flue by slowly removing the black soot and ‘flammable’ sap build-up, and therefore reducing the risk of a chimney fire. When hot, SmartBurn continually cleans the chimney flue while the fire burns.
As the chimney flue becomes blocked with soot and sap build up, the air and smoke mix cannot escape fast enough up the chimney and smoke is therefore forced back through the open door and into the room. The SmartBurn is designed to clean the chimney flue of these deposits and prevent this from happening.
Yes, SmartBurn was Laboratory tested to NATA Certification (World Standard) on a compliant heater. It was proven to be very effective in improving combustion, reducing emissions by up to 54%*and up to 17%* more heat was produced.
It is recommended that you commence each wood burning season with new SmartBurns. When used correctly SmartBurn is designed to be effective for up to 3 months before it needs to be replaced. The temperature of the fire regulates the speed at which SmartBurn operates. If you notice any of the following it may be time to purchase a new SmartBurn:
Excessive smoke being emitted from the chimney flue; Heater glass window becoming discoloured; Deposits adhering in the firebox; Fire isn’t drawing as well as it has been.
Tip - After buying a new SmartBurn, keep your old SmartBurn in the fire in case some of the ingredients remain and have adhered to the inside of the casing.
Yes, please follow the 'How To Use Guidelines' for Open Fireplace requirements.
Yes, but these stoves tend to run very hot. SmartBurn will certainly work effectively but its life may not be as long. To ensure the maximum life from the SmartBurn you may like to place it in the ‘ash-pan’ and sit it on a paving brick to keep it level. You can further protect the SmartBurn from extreme heat by placing a paving brick (firebrick) over it.
No! No! No! If the fire is 'roaring hot' SmartBurn will not last as long – depending on the high temperatures generated, it may only last a few days. SmartBurn prefers a lower temperature to clean the chimney flue and firebox over a longer period of time, rather than give a ‘super fast’ clean if made super hot. Try and place it in the ‘cooler’ part of the firebox - preferably to one side.
No. The ingredients in SmartBurn will not deteriorate when the fire is not being used. They have been specifically designed to 'only' be activated when the fire is heated.
This may be due to several reasons
When cold, the mixture of ingredients will look like a very solid flat pancake or fried egg (without the yellow yolk). It will vary in colour of variations from mottled grey - brown - silver - white - black - depending on the type of wood used. Just ‘leave it’ in the base.
Yes the ingredients will still work - but try to keep the ash covering to a minimum. Do not try to put the SmartBurn ingredients back in the metal casing. When cleaning out excess ash be careful not to throw out the SmartBurn active ingredients.
There is no evidence to suggest that SmartBurn contributes to the corrosion of heaters, copper wetbacks or chimney flues.
Some heaters can accept, at any one time, about 10 kg of wood, and if there is say 20% moisture (water) in it, this then equates to emitting 2 kg of water vapour which can be highly corrosive, especially when heated. This can cause the ‘peeling’ or ‘scaling’ of metal inside the surface of the firebox.
Generally wood is considered acidic by nature; therefore the compounds and moisture contained in wood can make them corrosive to the metal parts in the heater and chimney flue. This is why ‘dry’ wood should always be used.
Thoughtfully dispose of your empty unit in a metal recycling programme. It is also acceptable to place the empty SmartBurn in your general waste bin.
Yes. It is recommended that the chimney / flue is checked by a professional annually.
Firewood heats your home without Heating the Globe and has been rated a high 4.5 star by the NSW Government relating to Greenhouse Gases. The World’s First Carbon Neutral Building uses wood heating. Choice Australia supports wood heating as the most Environmental and Cost Effective form of heating above fossil (electricity and gas) fuels.
SmartBurn’s mechanism has been designed to work on any carbon based fuel which includes wood and coal. Research is ongoing in this area.
Yes. A specifically designed unit can be made for Industrial applications.
Go to our resources section for tips on using your wood heater efficiently for maximum heat and minimum pollution.