It's characteristic is an essence that has been refined till perfection over the centuries.
Swedish tiled stove is a rare treasureThe shape of the swedish tiled stove has reached its full bloom. Its details are considerad to the conclusion, and its structure and way of working are ingeniously simple. That is the reason it represents the cream de la cream of fireplaces. It emanates elegance, charm and continuity. Even after 250 years its warmth is fabulously lovely.
A COUNTER-CURRENT STOVE
A GROUNDBRAKING INVENTION OF ITS TIME
As chilly winters and constant wars were trying the Nordic countries, the timber reserves were running low. An architect called Carl Johan Cronstedt and field marshal Fabian Wrede received a mission from His Majesty King Gustav III of Sweden to design a technically advanced masonry heater. A breakthrough was made in 1767, when a counter-current stove was invented. From its firebox the smoke rises up, splitting up at the front to both sides and down again. From back down the smoke rises up again through both sides and up above comes together again and rises to the chimney. The heat and warmth was transferred and stored effectively now, revolutionizing the heating technology of the time. This brilliant invention spreaded through the transmission of its drawings.
Lighting up in the morning and another in the evening, and the warmth and comfort of the salon was guaranteed.
CLAY FROM BEGINNING TILL END
It’s quite amazing how a traditional Swedish tiled stove endures fire, heat and the repeated change of these two. When it heats up, its structure expands and while cooling down it shrinks back. The tiles, fire and mortar of a tiled stove form an entirety, whose every component is made from the same tireless and elastic material, clay. As a material, clay is able to level and transfer heat steadily and for an extended period of time. Just a few sheet metal staples, iron thread and nails bundle the tiles together. Nothing else is needed. No cement, concrete or renovation mortar that are all short lived and unable to endure fire and the changes in heat. They simply don’t belong to traditional tiled stove.
A HARMONIOUS BALANCED TOTALITY
The starting point to designing are stylistic ideals like the classic lightness of rococo, the bellicosity of empire, or the practicality of modern functionalism. A Swedish tiled stove comprehends proportionated, tiled areas – a lower part, middle section and the upper part – and the decorations that separate them from each other. As a jewel it contains a beautiful hatch whose shape and size are based on both aesthetic principles, and beneficial ratio of the fire box. Its look is influenced by colour and surface and, the proportions of the tiles and stove. In the impression as a whole, the vision of the designer and the wishes of the client are in balance with the classic, aesthetic ideals.
The design of the traditional Swedish tiled stove awakens feelings that surpass ordinariness and normality. It’s indescribably beautiful and timeless!
WITH OR WITHOUT SEAMS
Seamed style emphasises the handcrafted stove- impression of 1800th century. A handcrafted traditional tiled stove communicates rarity and dignity, with its difference and richness in nuances unvailing the large portion of handcrafting. The tiles are modified minimally because of their preciousness. Gaps are left between the tiles to be filled in. The grout is made of whiting, titanium white pigment and water, and once the consistency is smoothly elastic, it’s perfect for the tile gaps.
The seamless style gives the appearence of 1850s, edge joint without grout. Machine made tiles were exact, and came often with surpluss, which was hammered and grinded while being masoned. In that case also the grout as an enhancement fades out abnormalities. Preferance decides. Both styles fit both modern and classic setting. We here at Helsinge offer both styles.
NOT JUST ANYBODY BUT A GENUINE HERITAGE MASON
A heritage mason is the elite of masons. Hundreds of years of experience can be seen in the handcraft tradition that he has enherited. This is partly why he ralates to traditional Swedish tiled stoves with passion and seriousness, and feels great professional proudness over the work he carries out. His methods aim at operational reliability and endurance, exactly like during the good old days. He will only agree to use clay and sand in his clay mortar, as he knows that anything else will not withstand the test of time, not cement anyway. He knows how to work the different phases of working on the tiles; thinning of the sides with tileknife and hammer, and grinding without damaging the glazing. He knows how to bundle the tiles together and to the brick structure inside the stove. A traditional mason assembles from one to two layers per day, so that the clay has time to set. When a week or two has passed, the new tiled stove is ready for use for the next hundred years or so.
ADDITIONAL ASSESSORIES PERFECT THE LOOK
The details of a traditional tiled stove are based on functionality and beauty. The defining feature of the traditional tiled stove is a classic brass hatch, with its turned hinges, inner hatches, and delicate decoratations. A black cast iron hatch emphasises the uniqueness and the large amount of handicraft that goes into the stove. As for the details to be chosen by the client, there is for example the ventilation hatch on top of the stove, the plate controller with its chains and knobs, and the ashdump door. If one wants a dated look, it’s possible to leave a few loose tiles next to the firebox, and the chimney sweeper can take them out if needed. The look is then finished by a fireguard that is made of either marble, limestone or sheet metal. The atmosphere of the inimitable traditional tiled stove is created with the details.
MAINTENANCE AND USAGE
THE TILED STOVE TILES WILL LAST FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS
There are traditional handcrafted tiled stoves that are still working after hundreds of years. The materials and the way it was constructed make the traditional tiled stove almost everlasting and easily repairable. The inner parts can last even 60-135 years, but there are stove tiles that are still in heating work after 500 years!We here at Helsinge share gladly the secrets of this longevity. Regular and correct maintenance and use are vital. By observing the heating advice, monitoring the decay, and maintaining the layer in the fire box, one can save a lot of money and on top of everything the tiles will last for hundreds of years! A traditional tiled stove is a valuable investment that will keep its value and gives a very special atmosphere. With little maintenance it will easily pay itself back manifold.Upon leaving, the traditional mason fills in the Helsinge guarantee with contact information. We will give you a call in the future to remind you about service, and to ask how your tiled stove is working.
UNEQUILED IN BOTH QUALITY AND BEAUTY
The Swedish tiled stove is unrivalled in technic, althoug it was developed more than 200 years ago. The simplicity of its structure makes it almost eternal, and easily maintainable. When assembled by a traditional mason, its beauty and quality will shine through. Its design is timeless and is suitable for both modern and old, country and town setting. By adjusting the details right, we get just the impression and atmosphere that the client wants. You will not regret a decision to buy a traditional tiled stove. A Swedish tiled stove lasts from generation to the next and the one after that.