Updated 26 May 2017
Bottom line: This insert woodburner produced 7.4 kW when NES tested. It has a predominantly radiant and convective heating mode and is NES (clean-air) approved for urban areas. It has OK emissions performance (though slightly below average for a NES compliant woodburner) and OK efficiency (though slightly below average for a NES compliant woodburner).
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Testing for emissions, efficiency and power output using AS/NZS 4012/4013 was carried out by an independent lab in New Zealand.
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12 Nov 2015, Hamish W.
Product use: 6 months or more
It eventually gives out more heat than the real dog of a fire it replaced. we mostly use our Wee Rad in the kitchen which is so different from this - it's a bit hard to believe.
It's probably badly installed by Heatshop Wairarapa, but, they changed ownership and the new owners won't look at it unless we pay. When we asked them to come out and clean the chimneys and check it - they never turned up.
- it's very difficult to light. After a couple of years we have this figured... Ignore the instructions, use firelighters and pine cones and leave
- It regularly burns so poorly on start-up that smoke pours out of the heat vents. That has to be totally wrong!
- it takes ages to start burning properly, much less give off heat.
- if this was our only heat source - we'd freeze
No, this product has too many drawbacks.
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