Effective fuel utilisation and low operational costs

Fires and stoves burn fuel to provide heat for a living or working area. The economics of this are simple. The more efficient the appliance and the control of waste heat losses, the more effective the utilisation of the fuel source and the lower the costs of operating the process. The key to this efficiency can often be simply the use of high performance insulation to control heat loss to the building structure around the appliance and from the chimney or flue. This will ensure that heat goes only where it is wanted and Promat has special solutions designed to make this happen.
Promat solutions can make a difference
A traditional open fire, although still used in some older properties, is becoming a thing of the past. With much of the heat generated disappearing up the chimney, an open coal fire was only 25 % efficient at best with a log fire even worse. A modern multi-fuel or wood burning stove can be up to 85 % efficient. Although sometimes seen as a freestanding unit, these are more conventionally built into a fireplace.

The PROMAFOUR® system from Promat was specifically created to maximise the efficiency of these units and finish them in elegant, modern styles, without having to compromise on the interior design of the home.

Where the heat can go
A freestanding stove is free to radiate heat in all directions. Natural convection can also occur uninhibited. It can be helpful to stand these appliances on insulation and it is certainly beneficial to insulate the flue as discussed in the chimney and flue applications tab. When a stove is contained in a fireplace, the challenge is to ensure that the heat generated flows forward into the living area and does not simply dissipate into the building and fireplace structure around the fire. Promat achieves this with PROMAFOUR®, a range of insulation products that can isolate the heat source from the structure around it and finish off the installation in a classy and attractive manner.

The challenges in designing insulation for fireplaces and stoves
  • Best possible control of heat loss
  • Most compact insulation systems for internal use and penetrating building structures
  • Long working life essential for insulation without aging deterioration, or other impairment of performance
  • No health risk
  • Easy assembly of insulation components. Availability of pre-tailored items for fast installations of complicated sections
  • Supply of all components as a complete kit of parts
  • Elegant designs for finish in living areas
  • No cracking or distortion of visible surfaces at temperature

  • Easily shaped and fitted with conventional wood working tools
  • Non-combustibility for fire safety in building structures
  • Fast ROI for insulation – cost effective system design

The benefits of a PROMAFOUR® system
  • High compressive strength
  • No cracking after installing – easy to finish
  • Non-combustible and safe
  • Easy to install with basic hand tools
  • No health risk
  • Durable – will not deteriorate
  • Promat offers years of experience, knowledge and know-how
  • Low environmental impact
  • A complete system from one manufacturer

Promat can offer the PROMAFOUR® insulation solution that solves all of these design needs. We can design an "engineered solution" that best meets all design challenges. With access to the very best microporous, calcium silicate and fibre insulation products, a Promat system cannot be beat on performance.

Install PROMAFOUR® in four easy steps


1)
Insulate the rear wall with PROMASIL®-1000L boards (left pic)

2) Place the PROMAFOUR®-STUDS in metal U-profiles (right pic)

3) Fix the PROMAFOUR® construction boards with PROMAFOUR®-GLUE 1000 and screws or staples (left pic)

4) Fill in the joints with PROMAFOUR®-HT JOINTFILLER and finish them with PROMAFOUR®-PRIMER before painting or hanging wallpaper (right pic)

Application solutions

Fireplace surround

The PROMAFOUR® system includes everything necessary to install and finish off a stove in a stylish setting. PROMAFOUR® construction boards used in the surround to the stove are composed of calcium silicate and cement. This results in very strong walls, even with minimal thicknesses of 12 mm, 15 mm or 18 mm. Also heavier objects, such as frames, paintings and flat screens can be attached to the wall without additional strengthening. PROMAFOUR® construction boards can be easily cut with traditional woodworking equipment and installed using standard screws, staples and refractory PROMAFOUR®-GLUE 1000.

PROMAFOUR® includes:
  • PROMAFOUR® CONSTRUCTION BOARDS for the fire surrounds and mantelpiece
  • PROMAFOUR®-STUDS for the support structure
  • PROMASIL® insulation boards
  • PROMAFOUR®-HTI 1100 BLANKETS – glass fibre flue insulation blankets
  • PROMAFOUR®-GLUE 1000 for bonded assembly
  • PROMAFOUR®-HT JOINTFILLER for finishing
  • PROMAFOUR®-PRIMER

The construction boards are finished with a smooth surface – perfect for a finishing coat of paint on top of PROMAFOUR® PRIMER. Thanks to minimal expansion and contraction during and after heating, the risk of cracks, microscopic fissures or deformation is reduced to an absolute minimum.

Thanks to the high thermal storage capacity of PROMAFOUR® construction boards, fireplaces will continue to emit heat, even after the fire is extinguished. The emitted heat is distributed evenly around the living room.
Wall and floor insulation

Wall and floor insulation is necessary to prevent the heat generated by the stove from leaking into the building structure around the appliance. The PROMASIL® high performance calcium silicate range of boards is perfect for this function. By insulating your fireplace floor and rear wall with a PROMASIL®-1000L or PROMASIL®-950KS board, the loss of heat is reduced to a bare minimum.

PROMASIL®-1000L and PROMASIL®-950KS boards are lightweight calcium silicate insulating boards with very good thermal properties. Their homogeneous and stable mineral matrix structure guarantees excellent mechanical and thermal characteristics.

PROMASIL®-1000L boards (50 mm thickness) have been tested in accordance with the Test Rules for Solid Fuel.

PROMASIL®-950KS boards are small size insulating boards. In accordance with the German building authority approval no. Z-43. 14.139, PROMASIL®-950KS is certified for use as thermal insulation and brickwork in open fireplaces and chimneys in accordance with EN 13229, and also for tiled and plastered stoves.

PROMAFOUR® wall and floor insulation includes: 
  • PROMASIL®-1000L insulation board 
  • PROMASIL®-950KS insulation board 
  • PROMAFOUR® construction board 
  • PROMAFOUR®-GLUE 1000
  • Promat® K84 GLUE
  • PROMAFOUR®-PRIMER
  • PROMAFOUR®-HT JOINTFILLER
Fire and stove insulation

To achieve high heat efficiency of fireplaces, the inside as well as the immediate outside of the fire or stove needs to be insulated and properly sealed with appropriate refractory high temperature insulation and sealing.

Promat‘s PROMAFOUR® insulation for fires and stoves contains a wide range of calcium silicate based insulation boards, panels, shapes and sealing, bio earth-alkali refractory fibres, microporous insulation, E-glass and silica fibres.