For many people a pellet stove is a popular alternative to wood fireplaces – mainly because it is practical for heating the living space and easy to use. In terms of ambience however, there is some room to catch up with the classic.
Especially the bright and fast moving flames in a pellet stove are somewhat different from the romantic flames in a wood fire. And when the stove is not in use, a transparent panel provides an open view on the used and often uncleaned burning chamber.
Italian manufacturer La Nordica-Extraflame uses SCHOTT‘s latest glass-ceramic innovation already in two of its pellet stoves, named AMIKA and DEBBY. These concepts proof: the new pellet fire concept makes the classic fireplace more than just competition.
The successful fusion of calmer, more pleasant flames and a dark, shiny surface has led to an excellent result, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view. So much that this project has won the German Design Award 2021 in the Excellent Product Design category.
The jury says: „The attractive pellet stove has a special viewing window that, with its translucent black glass-ceramics, holds out the promise of improved aesthetics for the image of the flame and makes the stove opaque when not in operation.“
„We developed the ROBAX® NightView glass-ceramic to address two objectives: Improve the emotional quality of the fire for the users and simplify the construction for the manufacturers.“Birgit Eickeler, Product Manager SCHOTT ROBAX®
„Innovation and design often arise from sharing of fruitful ideas and know-how. When two leading companies cooperate together, the result can only be a success and the perfect combination between our stoves and the glass-ceramic ROBAX® NightView is just another proof of that.“Gianni Ragusa, Managing Director La Nordica-Extraflame
Now that pellet stoves hit the fast track thanks to the translucent black glass-ceramic panel ROBAX® NightView – what will be the next step of wood fireplace designs?