The origin of the Swedish stove
The term ‘Swedish stove’ conjures up images of long nights in front of a warm flickering fire. It makes it clear that this heating device originally came from Scandinavia. That’s because the winters are so long there, and as Scandinavia is a very forested region, wood has always been in plentiful supply as a fuel source. These two very practical reasons were vital in the initial development of the Swedish stove - but over the course of time, along with its practical heating purpose, the stove developed its very own culture. This is also reflected in language. The Norwegians have their own word for sitting cosily by the fireplace: peiskos. And the Icelanders like to sit late into the night in front of the fire and tell stories - they call this kvöldvaka.
A traditional stove reinvented
RIKA has reinvented this traditional stove. Since its foundation over 60 years ago, RIKA is constantly working on making technical refinements to high-quality products. Every RIKA stove is a revolutionary combination of timelessness and contemporary design. The fire at home has been fascinating people for millennia, after all, providing warmth and a feeling of safety. The quest is on for individuality, innovation and perfection. Issues such as sustainability and environmental protection, in which RIKA has long taken a leading role, have become more important today than ever. Wood is – as it has been for centuries in Scandinavia - a local and very sustainable product. Because wood emits only as much CO2 when burned as the tree has absorbed during its growth, it acts as a carbon-neutral fuel source. Through decades of research and by fine-tuning technical details, RIKA has succeeded in making the stove even more efficient and economical, so that both the environment and the purse strings can gain further relief.
From a steel furnace to a designer item
In contrast to the traditional Swedish stove, consisting usually only of the steel frame, the modern fireplace is often clad with stones or ceramics, and is therefore visually very versatile. At RIKA, great value is placed on the stove not only boasting technical perfection: as a high-quality designer item it also makes a statement in the living room. Natural stones (soapstone, sandstone, or white stone) enjoy especially great popularity because they exude a simple, natural beauty and at the same time store heat well. Every stove is as individual as its owner. You can experiment with the different variations with the stove configurator and discover yourself how the choice of cladding can fundamentally change the stove’s character.