Why a Woodfire?

Better for the home, better for the environment.

Modern wood fires are highly energy efficient and produce limited air pollution. They use a form of renewable energy and are therefore essentially carbon neutral.  While trees are growing, they capture carbon dioxide from the air. This carbon dioxide is released either when the wood is burnt, or when the tree dies and rots. While some emissions are produced in the transporting and processing of the wood, this is only a very small amount per unit of heat produced.



    Open Fires:  

         1 January 2012

    Woodburners installed pre 1996:  

         1 January 2014 

    Woodburners installed between
    1 January 1996 and 31 August 2005:

         1 January 2016.

    If your woodburner is not on the list Ministry     for the Environment's Approved Woodfires         List it is most likely prohibited from use, as         above unless your property is larger than 2       Hectares or the property is outside the               airshed.  

Benefits of Woodfires

  • Wood is a cheap form of fuel for heating.
  • Wood is carbon neutral. 
  • Wood is renewable and sustainable. 
  • Woodfires will work during power cuts.
  • Some woodfires can be equipped with a wetback system to heat household hot water.

Open fires and older wood burners are inefficient

  • Open fires are usually very inefficient - most of the heat is lost up the chimney. Open fires may warm the room they occupy, but create such a draft as they draw cold air into the room from the rest of the house. 
  • Open fires also produce large amounts of air pollution.
  • Older wood burners and pot belly stoves are less energy efficient and produce more air pollution.

Modern Clean Air Woodfires

  • Meet stringent National Environmental Standards, 1.5g emissions, 65% efficient as required by Ministry for Environment and Environment Canterbury, 1.0gm emmissions and 65% efficiency.
  • Are more efficient than older woodfires/open fires.
  • Can use up to 2/3 less firewood than older woodfires/open fires.
  • Less stoking/reloading required.

    Compliant Woodburner               Requirements:

     Napier: Over 65% efficient and less than      1.5g/Kg of emissions.

     Hastings: Over 65% efficient and less            than 1g/Kg of emissions.

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