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# 255970 9-Sep-2019 00:21
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Looking for feedback on Woodsman Serene woodburners - can't find any actual user reviews online.  Considering install in new build in Queenstown, also considering Blazeking Chinnook.  Cheers


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  # 2313344 9-Sep-2019 06:26
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Can't help you with those two but we loved our bosca 380 https://www.westcityheating.co.nz/product/bosca-firepoint-380-wood-fire/

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  # 2313442 9-Sep-2019 10:33
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Also cannot help with your brands, but I absolutely love my Pyroclassic: https://www.pyroclassic.co.nz/wood-fires/pyroclassic-iv-wood-fire/

 

I realise how great it is when I use other peoples inferior fires. You can relight it with large kindling and only 1-2 tiny coals, and it'll run overnight for 7-8 hours with the right wood.


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  # 2313451 9-Sep-2019 10:50
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Woodburners are horrible, especially in towns and cities. They cause pollution, reduce air quality, and negatively affect human health. When our neighbours use their fires ventilation systems have to be turned off, windows closed, and washing bought in from clothes lines. They're really antisocial.

 

"Southern towns are among the worst for air quality, with wood burners being blamed for potential health problems." (from stuff article linked above).

 

If you're in the country away from other houses you're still affecting the environment but at least you're not going to damage or annoy as many other people.

 

In a new build you should plan to have modern heating, as at some point fires may be regulated away. Down south that might be heat pump powered slab heating along with an insulated slab, along with central heating so you can cool - it can get pretty hot down there in summer as well as cold in winter.


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  # 2315294 11-Sep-2019 23:17
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I didn't realise we could get Blaze King in NZ.  Had a Blaze King "Princess" back in the '80's in Canada.  With the catalytic converter you could crank the airflow right down, and it would burn slowly but cleanly; great for keeping the house warm overnight.


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  # 2318610 16-Sep-2019 16:15
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timmmay:

 

Woodburners are horrible, especially in towns and cities. They cause pollution, reduce air quality, and negatively affect human health. When our neighbours use their fires ventilation systems have to be turned off, windows closed, and washing bought in from clothes lines. They're really antisocial.

 

"Southern towns are among the worst for air quality, with wood burners being blamed for potential health problems." (from stuff article linked above).

 

If you're in the country away from other houses you're still affecting the environment but at least you're not going to damage or annoy as many other people.

 

In a new build you should plan to have modern heating, as at some point fires may be regulated away. Down south that might be heat pump powered slab heating along with an insulated slab, along with central heating so you can cool - it can get pretty hot down there in summer as well as cold in winter.

 

 

 

 

New ones are far more efficient, especially the new ultra low emission ones. There is also nothing like the ambiance of a wood fire. We already have gas as f very cheap form of heating, which also off-gases. In high population areas like Wellington, they can be a problem for neighbours, especially with the surrounding hills. I am not sure they are all that environmentally unfriendly, especially if you have a close source of fire wood. If everyone moved to electricity, I can see new generation being needed, especially as we move to EV's.

 

 

 

In terms of the OP, have a look at some of Masports ones. The have the Akoroa, and the Cromwell ULEB model, although I personally liked the look of the older version. But this newer ULEB version apparently doesn't need power. 


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