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The Wolfshöher Tonwerke occupies a niche in the chimney pipes sector. In recent years we have been able to expand our trading area thanks to market gains. This is due among other things to the combination of very good, consistent quality and attractive prices.
When it comes to fireclay elements for tiled stoves, we occupy a leading position, which we see as both an obligation and a challenge. Our aim is to live up to these expectations, at the same time taking into consideration the changes and innovations of the modern age.
We cooperate with companies and research institutes and participate in special interest groups and projects. By collaborating with leading resellers in individual sectors and sales areas, we feel able to successfully take on new challenges. We meet business partners, and those with whom we would like to do business, on equal terms for objective and realistic discussions.
Since September 2002, the Kandern Feuerfest GmbH, formerly the Kanderner Tonwarenfabrik Ernst Kammüller GmbH, and the Schamottewerk Radeburg GmbH have been collaborating with the Wolfshöher Tonwerke.
As in the past, all three companies continue to operate independently on the market. At the same time, however, by grouping together to coordinate their efforts, they have been able to improve their performance.
In Radeburg, the main focus is on standard fireclay elements for stove fitters. Competence in Kandern is concentrated on re-pressed moulded bricks for tiled stove construction and industry. The Wolfshöhe facility offers a comprehensive programme of application-oriented products for traditional stove construction and chimney pipes.
Since March 2014 we have been a passive member of the “Ofenmacher e.V.”. The organisation aims to install safe stoves with chimneys in as many rural households as possible. Up to now, the “Ovenmakers” have been active in Nepal, Ethiopia and Kenya.
In most rural households today, open fires in the living area are used for cooking. This practice carries a number of risks, especially for small children who could crawl or fall into the fire and suffer severe burns. Long-term damage to the health of residents is also observed, due to exposure throughout their lives to dense smoke inside their houses.
An open fire exploits the energy content of the fuels used ‒ usually wood from surrounding forests ‒ to only a very limited extent. Wooded areas are under increasing threat, as more and more stocks of trees are being cleared. Alongside the familiar environmental problems, this also leads to women having to journey further and further to collect firewood, often spending a large part of the day doing so.
The organisation has simple stoves with chimneys built by trained stove-builders. The materials needed for a stove are available on site or can be obtained easily: mud, cow dung, rice bowls for making mud bricks, iron rods for stabilising the stoves, hand-formed and fired stove pipes.
You can find more information about the project here: www.ofenmacher.org