Updated 26 May 2017

Tropicair

Ardos

Snapshot: The Tropicair Ardos is NES compliant for emissions and efficiency, meaning it can be used in most urban areas. But how does its performance compare to other clean-air models?

Ardos
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2699

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Test results

Overall score
75
Emissions
?/10
Efficiency
?/10

Good points

  • NES (clean air) approved for urban areas.
  • Good emissions performance (slightly above average for a NES compliant woodburner).
  • Good efficiency (slightly above average for a NES compliant woodburner).
  • Can be installed in Hastings Zone 1.
  • Can be installed in Otago Air Zone 1 towns of Alexandra, Cromwell, Clyde, Arrowtown and in Milton.

But

  • Can't be installed in most Canterbury clean air zones after 31 October 2017.
  • Can't be installed in some parts of the Nelson Urban Area.

Our assessment

Testing for emissions, efficiency and power output using AS/NZS 4012/4013 was carried out by an independent lab in New Zealand.

We analyse data from National Environmental Standards (NES) testing to generate scores out of 10 for emissions and efficiency, along with an overall score. This gives us a clear picture of the performance, features and specifications for almost every model on the market.

Where available, we've also included the NZHHA output results. These results reflect the absolute maximum heat output you could achieve in your home.

Price is from the manufacturers’ survey and is without a flue kit unless stated otherwise.

Overall score includes:
Efficiency (60%)
Emissions (40%)

Key data

Model

Type
Insert
Avg price
$2699

Specifications

Emissions (g/kg)
0.6
Efficiency (%)
70
Power output (kW)

11.1

Meets NES standards
NZHHA test power output (kW)

-

Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
600 x 566 x 485
Radiant or convector
Both

Features

Wetback
No
CM1 Emissions (g/kg)
n/a
CM1 Efficiency (%)
n/a
ULEB
No
LEB
Yes
Hastings
Yes
Central Otago
Yes
Special features
150mm 4m SS flue wetback if rural

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Notes
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