Wittus - Fire by Design Mission

To select and import a broad range of quality premier European designed hearth products (fireplaces, stoves, and accessories) to meet the needs of the American market and offer them through the following 3 channels:

  • Dealers (currently about 100)

  • Directly through advertising and the Internet to:

    • Architects and designers

    • Builders and contractors

    • Consumers

  • Retail through a local showroom

History


In 1978, Niels Wittus – a native of Denmark – and his wife Alyce began their company in the Westchester County town of Pound Ridge, NY. Combining a love of his native homeland and the desire so many immigrants come to this country with – the pursuit of the American Dream – Niels created a company dedicated to importing fine European stoves.

Modeled on the traditional European design – a baking compartment above, a firebox in the center, and wood storage below – designer Bent Falk created the first stoves in the late 1960s. They quickly became well loved in Denmark for their beautiful design, superior craftsmanship, and high efficiency as heating units.  Wittus has continued to grow and select a family of quality products with state of the art burning technology.

Awards
 

As the winner of international design awards, the unique design of these stoves caught the eye of prominent architects and designers early on.  Cesar, Pelli and Associates; James Cutler; Bone-Levine; Don Brandenburger; Turnbull and Assoc.; Robert Stern and Turner Brooks are among some who have specified and used Wittus Stoves in their work, and still do.

The work of these architects and others can be seen regularly featured in many popular design, building, and architectural publications such as Metropolis, Dwell, Fine Homebuilding, Custom Home, and House and Garden.

Why Wittus - Artistry, Technology, Safety and Environment
Nothing can compare to a person’s fierce love of home, and hearth.  Niels Wittus has steadfastly nurtured his company, believing in the product, the quality, and the beauty these stoves and fireplaces bring.  This dedication has been rewarded by an ever growing interest in Wittus - Fire by Design, by the loyalty of those who are already clients, and by the knowledge that he is bringing a beautiful, well built, efficient product to share with the U.S. market. The four essential ingredients are: artistry, technology, safety, and environment.

Artistry - With its unique and original design, Wittus has revolutionized FIRE BY DESIGN. Produced in Europe, the award-winning fireplace/stoves have combined the most modern manufacturing techniques with old fashioned blacksmith hand craftsmanship. Top quality, sturdy steel, special hand-crafted ceramic, and Finnish soapstone are used in construction. The finished products are thus of the highest quality and long lasting... backed up by a five year warranty!

Technology - Behind its beauty, lies an advanced, sophisticated burning system, which has set new standards in the field of wood and gas burning today. The double-chambered burning compartment together with an adjustable air control, insures the utmost and cleanest burn from the wood (efficiencies range from 75 to 93%). With the single air control feature, it enables ease of use and optimal burning throughout its complex phases. The glass doors are kept clean because of the secondary air, which is drawn through the warm stove, heated, and then forced down over the ceramic glass. The gas products utilize the latest in burn technology, valves, and controls. In addition, Wittus has state-of-the-art pellet stoves and biofire fireplaces. Most Wittus products are manufactured according to the stringent ISO quality standards.

In addition, Wittus is a member of the industry trade organization Hearth, Patio, & Barbeque Association (HPBA).

Safety - All the Wittus fireplace/stoves have been tested by OMNI-Test Laboratories, Inc. of Portland, Oregon. Wood burning models are approved to both the US UL1482 and the Canadian ULC S627 (ULC S628-M93 for inserts) standards. They are convection stoves with double lined outside walls that enable faster heating and reduce clearances. Other safety features include stainless steel handles that were developed for user comfort and safety and are "cool to the touch". In addition they are MEA approved (#MEA368-07-E for stoves, #MEA411-07-E for the Shaker, and #MEA328-01-S for inserts) for installation in New York City. All the gas products are tested to ANSI standards.

Environment - The Wittus wood burning stoves are EPA certified - refer to the listing for specifications and efficiency ratings. The firebox geometry and the computer designed baffle systems control the correct mixture of air and smoke gases, which virtually eliminate (through secondary burning) any excess particulate (pollution) and produce a clean burn. 

Natural Cycle
Wood, available in vast amounts today, is a renewable natural product filled with the energy of the sun, thus an ecologically sound source for heat. In Europe, all stoves must burn with a carbon dioxide neutral emission in order to meet standards. This means that the stoves must not produce any more carbon dioxide than if the wood were left to rot in the forests.

Burning wood is a good thing!

 
Contacts
  Niels Wittus, President
  Alyce Wittus, VP
  Sandra Lena, Client Services
  Patti Boker Elkon, Promotion and Sales Support
  Mark Fischer, Installation and Technical Support
  Peter Ross, National Pellet Sales Manager
  Peter Ross, Pacific Southwest Representative
  Justin Ross, Northwest Representative
  Adam King, Northeast Representative
 

Address:

Wittus Inc.
POB 120
Pound Ridge
NY 10576
Showroom: 40 Westchester Ave.
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Telephone: 914.764.5679
Fax: 914.764.0465
Email: Info@wittus.com

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