Updated 26 May 2017
Bottom line: This ultra-low emission freestanding woodburner is approved for use in clean-air zones (such as some parts of Canterbury and Nelson) where other burners are prohibited. It produced 12 kW when NES tested. It has a predominantly radiant and convective heating mode and is NES (clean-air) approved for urban areas. It has excellent emissions performance (significantly above average for a NES compliant woodburner) and excellent efficiency (significantly above average for a NES compliant woodburner). This is a wetback model tested with wetback fitted.
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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.
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.
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29 Dec 2018, Rebecca W.
Product use: 6 months or more
This fire was installed in a new home and it easily heats up our large living space. As woodburners go, it works perfectly if you follow the lighting instructions and it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
We bought this model as it was the only one with a wetback approved for use Christchurch but we've found it has made a negligible difference to our water heating. It only seems to be a little bit effective and only if the fire is cranking on full for an entire day. In retrospect, we would have gone with different model of fire if we knew the wetback worked this poorly.
Technical support from Tropicair could be better.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.