About Wood Fires
Why Buy a Wood Fire?
- Wood is a carbon neutral product. Unlike other fuels, burning woods generates no more carbon dioxide (CO2) than if they were left to decompose naturally.
- A wood fire is an energy efficient way of heating. They are designed to heat your entire house.
- A wood fire is also a multi-purpose fire. Apart from being your primary heat source, it can be used in line with a heat transfer/ventilation system.
- It is a smart and cost effective method of heating. Running a wood fire is one of the cheapest forms of heating.
- Wood is a renewable energy source, therefore making it a sound environmental choice.
- Whatever your heating requirement is, there’s a range of models and options to choose from.
Environmentally Friendly Wood Fires
Product researchers and developers have been working hard on addressing environmental issues for over a decade.
Today’s combustion systems meet even the most stringent world standards.
Simply put, burning woods is a sound environmental choice because unlike other fuels, burning woods generates no more carbon dioxide than if they were left on the forest floor to rot. What’s more, good forest management and regular replanting would ensure that our atmosphere is continually washed of carbon dioxide, while pruning and factory off cuts could provide an ample fuel supply for the entire country. With woods, you know you are playing your part in protecting the planet.
Ultra-Low Emission Wood Burners
An ultra-low emission wood burner is a wood fire, that under strict real-life operating conditions can meet an emissions and efficiency standard of 38 milligrams per megajoule or emits less than 0.5 grams of total suspended particulate per kilogram of fuel burned and has a thermal efficiency of 65 per cent or greater. Ultra-low emission wood burners are the cleanest solid fuel burners and can be installed and used anywhere in New Zealand and particularly the Canterbury region.The Masport Cromwell and Mystique both meet this requirement with the Mystique currently being the cleanest wood burning fire in New Zealand.
To get the best out of your Masport Wood Fire, we endorse the following tips:
- Plan ahead - stock up on woods 6-12 months before intended use.
- Use a 'Hot mix' of fire wood, consisting of a mix of soft and hard woods.
- Select dry, hard wood as it makes the fire burn hotter and longer.
- Choose sound, solid wood - avoid rot and excess bark. A good way to tell if wood is ready to burn is to look for signs of radial cracking at the end of a log.
- Split larger logs to assist drying and burning.
- Never use seaborne driftwood or chemically treated timber.
- Stack fuel loosely in a dry place so air can pass freely through the pile.
- Cover the top and two sides of the stack.
- Use fuel in order - the oldest and driest first.
- Have your appliance professionally checked and serviced before the Winter begins.
Masport wood fires must be installed by a New Zealand Home Heating Association registered installer.
For a full list of qualified installers visit https://www.nzhha.co.nz/find-a-member/