Thank you for the information. For those wondering about the price the Masport Mystique was the first NZ made ULEB and they came in at half the price of the others on the market (Masport Fires are actually a separate company to Masport lawn mowers etc). ULEBs are actually tested in real world conditions rather than with ultra dry very soft wood they are really a cool bit of engineering. My guess is over the next 10 years more and more counsels will require you to have one then we should start seeing more models coming out with a few more options :)
The new Ferva (made by woodsman in CHCH) is more powerful than the Masport and includes power generation built in so you do not have the issue of power failure (it also has a usb port on the front to charge your phone) I was going to go and see a live model in Christchurch this year but sadly due to time restraints I don't think I will be able to. But that is not to say the Masport is poor in comparison it puts out less emissions per kg of wood burnt and is around 5% more efficient.
Do you tend to get sooting on the glass? it looks fairly clean in the video.
The price and look is why I was attacted to the masport one, and it is a reasonably new way of doing wood burners in NZ. Plus Masport are a good well known brand, so getting parts in the future I hope isn't going to be as much of an issue. The issue with requiring power is one reason I was waiting for the next generation. Also I was told by the saleperson that hey would hope in the next gen that the ned to switch the dampener on and off would be automated. But I think the first gen model will be fine. The next model may also be an upgrade model, so priced higher. Although that is only speculation. I guess there will be a lot of other companies bringing out these types of fires too in the next few years, which will hopefully bring the price down.
Woodsman (Ferva) is around the similar price just abit more, to be fair they are the 2nd largest fire manufacturer in nz (second to masport) and have been around since 1887.
I don't think the price will come down by much if at all the two biggest have launched theirs (woodsman Ferva and masport) and the others don't generally tend to undercut them as both build there fires in house where as most others subcontract that out.
I have been getting the same thing from one of the engineers about requiring automation in the next generation ULEBs so I would say the salesperson is probably correct.