Oven tile - tiled stove
Thomas Bochsbichler founded his own company in 1999 after completing the master craftsman's examination. Since then, he has been bringing tiles into the perfect shape with care and precision. In the course of restoring historic tiled stoves, he discovered his love for the natural material clay and its excellent suitability for the design of surfaces. Thomas Bochsbichler also made a conscious decision to train apprentices, because just as his teacher imparted a great deal of knowledge and skills to him, he too would like to pass this on to the next generation.
Whether style stove, traditional tiled stove or practical tiled stove, the recipe for success of these heat sources lies in the skillful connection of the interior, which directs and controls the paths of the warming air with a lot of know-how, with the outer skin, which delights the eyes and the senses.
Traditionally, the fireclay (refractory lining) is rubbed with clay in the course of the interior construction of a furnace. Thomas Bochsbichler wants to give this pleasant natural material more prominence. Clay comes into the house directly from nature and brings all its qualities with it. It gets along particularly well with wood, stone and brick and has a regulating effect on the room climate. In addition, clay as well as slaked lime mortar ensures that a furnace can be dismantled and restored. The restoration of historical ovens gives Thomas Bochsbichler a glimpse into the world of knowledge and skills of past generations.
Fire is the quintessence of human history. Taming and mastering it is one of the greatest achievements. It brought progress and cultural development to mankind.
The term "tiled stove" is derived from the original form of this type of stove, the brick stove, in the upper structure of which "earthen pots" (ceramics) were used from the Middle Ages. And because the medieval term for crockery or earthenware pots was "tile", this new type of stove was called the tiled stove. The ceramic vessels used, i.e. tiles, stored the heat better and for a longer period of time than the simple masonry and also created a larger surface, which meant that more heat could be given off.
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