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Tarras MK III



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    Good points

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

    Bad points

    • Can't be installed in Canterbury clean air zones.
    • Can't be installed in some parts of the Nelson Urban Area.

    How we test

    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%)



      • Type


      • Avg price



      • Emissions (g/kg)


      • Heating efficiency (%)


      • Power output (kW)


      • Meets NES standards
      • NZHHA test power output (kW)


      • Dimensions WxHxD (mm)

        765 x 772 x 627

      • Radiant or convector



      • Wetback


      • CM1 Emissions (g/kg)


      • CM1 Efficiency (%)


      • ULEB

      • LEB

      • Hastings

      • Central Otago

      • Special features


      More info

      • Notes


      Member reviews

      3 Member reviews

      Impressed So far


      Large and you can load it right up with good size pieces of wood. Easy to start up. Throws out the heat. Plenty of room to cook on the top if needed.


      Compared to the Pioneer we had in our last house, the front glass always seems to look murky after each use even with regular cleaning.

      Recommend it?

      Yes, I recommend this product.

      Trudy M.

      Used 1 month or less

      Woodsman Tarras MKII


      2 winters old now. Huge heat out put, can use decent size logs. Ash can be emptied once a fortnight (or longer) when used everyday.


      Apparently has 8 hour burn time, not ours. The best you can get is 4-5 hrs if you load it right up and fill every gap with wood.

      Recommend it?

      Yes, I recommend this product.

      Simon W.

      Used 6 months or more

      Tarras Woodsman


      We've had the Mk1 for five years. It is the sole heater in a 200sq/m house. Heat output is exceptional. It takes two full loads of wood to heat a 300l hot water cylinder. We use the cooking surface to boil barley in a large stockpot for pigs. The fire holds overnight, just. Overnight burn requires a large log to be strategically placed.


      While I'm not certain the "5kw wetback-boiler" achieves its stated rating, any other cons with our Mk1 have been addressed in subsequent models. If I swapped out for any fire, it'd be the Woodsman MkIII.

      Recommend it?

      Yes, I recommend this product.

      Steve B.

      Used 6 months or more