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#299106 11-Aug-2022 11:42
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Hi all,


I'm a new member but I've followed these forums for a long time.


I was hoping for some reviews of the Firenzo Vision log burner if anyone on here has used one.  We have been looking to replace an old Jayline Gem in our 110 m2 3 bed bungalow (insulated above and below, but single glazed windows) in Marlborough.  The Vision is what we have been recommended.  Past topics on this forum speak highly of Firenzo but not the Vision specifically.  One thing I am concerned about is the size of the firebox as the Gem is a very awkward 325mm deep by 325mm wide which makes the actual useable pieces of wood a very odd size - some of the firewood that I haven't cut myself in the past has not been able to fit.  The Vision firebox is much wider at 420mm (but only 280mm deep) and so fits a bigger sized log but only in the east/west orientation.  Obviously, I'm aware the bigger the firebox the more heat and running the risk of overcooking a combined living/kitchen that is about 30-40m2 (but has a heat transfer to rest of house).  One of the reasons we went for the Vision is that it is very low profile against the wall compared to other burners and our living area would benefit from this.  The old Gem is rated to 13kW peak and the Vision is rated to 18kW peak so it seems we will not be short on heating power even though the firebox volume is not increasing a lot.


I've also had bad experiences with brick baffles in the Gem (finally replaced it with a piece of stainless plate), which is what the Vision has but the reputation of Firenzo makes me think the bricks will probably be better quality and last longer.


We are open to other models of log burner, we were initially quoted for a Masport R5000 but decided this would be much too big in the space we have.  


There is a knowledgeable fella with user name Swept on here who seems to know the Firenzo fires very well. 


Any help much appreciated



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  #2953705 12-Aug-2022 07:42
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While I personally haven't played with a Firenzo Vision, it'll be built like all the other Firenzo's so it'll be well built.

Yes they are a small(er) fire, but for the space that you're heating, it would be more than enough.  The old Jaylines are that - old, older technology to make them burn, how they were built, etc.  The numbers would've also been fudge with regards to heating output (the whole industry was doing it up until a couple of years ago), so the Vision will put out a shed-load more heat.


Bricks I wouldn't be too concerned about unless you're being rough with the loading of wood into the firebox.  Additionally, because Firenzo support all of their fires old and new (I can get spares for something they built 40+ years ago) it won't be a concern.

The only thing would be; you are paying a premium for the brand and quality.  You could go a Masport R1500 or R3000 to suit which is in the similar sizing as the Vision, but that's like going for a Toyota whereas you're looking at the Lexus model of the same thing essentially.

More importantly, is that it is installed by someone who knows what they're doing - ideally not a builder.  If you can get, get an actually logfire installer who only does this day in and day out over traditional plumbers.  You can look up a registered installer in your area on the NZHHA website.  I would recommend having them install birdnetting on the top cowl while they're there - not chicken wire, but the stainless steel mesh sock which is sold these days.

Finally, these modern fires a bit more finicky, please ensure that you're wood is (ideally) 15% moisture or less to prevent bad creosote build up.


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  #2954869 15-Aug-2022 14:15
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Thank you very much to those that replied to this thread.  Special mention to @Swept for their contribution


We will be going with the Vision

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