All you need to know: what it is, uses and benefits of wood stoves
One of the components of our wood-burning stoves is vermiculite, found in the combustion chambers. But it is not only found in cookers, it is a material that is used elsewhere. The most common are: gardening, agricultural use, packaging of hazardous materials, construction, waste treatment, industrial manufacturing, drug protection, etc.
Vermiculite is one of the minerals of the “micas” group and consists of aluminium, iron or magnesium silicates. What characterises vermiculite is its ability to expand and exfoliate at high temperatures, as its volume increases 8 to 20 times. This phenomenon occurs due to the amount of water it contains in its interior.
It is extracted from mines in Brazil, China, South Africa and the United States, where 90% of the world’s production comes from. Vermiculite is processed by heating it rapidly to temperatures of over 870°C.
As noted above, the use of vermiculite extends to a variety of industrial fields. It is one of the few minerals on the planet with so many uses and such diverse properties.
Although it is a mineral widely used in the world of agriculture and gardening, we will focus on its use in our sector.
Its uses are diverse and it has become a fundamental mineral for us in the manufacture of our stoves.
Uses of vermiculite:
There are many more uses we could highlight for vermiculite, but these are the basic and fundamental ones we should be aware of.
The main advantages and benefits of vermiculite in wood stoves are: