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We understand that buying a wood heater can be a big decision. To help transform your home into a warm, comfortable living space in winter, here are some simple considerations to find your perfect heater.
Quick Questions to Ask Before Buying a Wood Heater
- How many rooms would you like to heat? How big are the rooms?
- Is your home single or double-storey? Is it well insulated?
- Will you be using other types of heating?
- Do you have an existing fireplace?
- Where do you live? Your region's climate?
- Is the wood heater you’re looking for certified by the Australian Home Heating Association?
- Where will the wood come from and how much will it cost?
How many rooms do you want heated? How big are they?
Determining the size, space and layout of your home requirements would help you decide what type of heating style and coverage is suitable. Convection heaters are ideal for rooms or homes with standard ceiling heights, while radiant heaters are great for rooms with high ceilings. If your home is well insulated, you may not need too powerful a heater. But also consider the layout of your home, and if you will be using other types of heating appliances.
Do you have an existing fireplace?
An existing fireplace means you can upgrade with our range of inbuilt insert heaters. We also have a wide range of freestanding wood heaters or zero clearance heaters for homes that don’t.
How would you like your heater installed? Is your home single or double-storey?
The type of home you have will be an important consideration to your wood heater installation requirements. Your heater could be installed as a 45 degree wall penetration, floor penetration, cathedral ceiling install or an insert installation. Each installation type will help determine the length of flue kits, roof flashing and extra components needed for your wood heater. Read more about the different installation types and requirements.
Where do you live?
If you live on the coastal region of Queensland, you may only need smaller heater coverage. If you live in a colder the regions like Tasmania or Victoria, you should consider a wood heater with higher coverage for a small room. If you’re in a bushfire prone area, you’ll need to consider a BAL rated roof flashing. There's plenty to consider based on where your home is.
Is your wood heater certified by the Australian Home Heating Association (AHHA)?
All wood heaters must adhere to the Australian Standard for wood heater emissions (AS/NZS 4013) to ensure that they are clean burning and environmentally responsible. All of the wood heaters sold at Barbeques Galore are certified and complies with the AS/NZS 4013. If you're looking at other wood heater brands, you can visit the AHHA website for a list of certified wood heaters.
Need more help? Our staff who are fully trained on wood heating requirements will be happy to assist with your selection and installation requirements. Please call us at 1300 301 392 or visit your closest store. Or learn more about wood heaters on our Wood Heating 101 article.
Designed to be more efficient than ever, the Austwood Lachlan freestanding wood heater combines technology with modern design. With coverage of up to 280 square meters, the Lachlan is the perfect choice for medium to large sized spaces.
This efficient and environmentally friendly wood heater is one of the cleanest burning heaters on the market, with low emissions of TBCg/kg, burning cleaner than the national standard for emissions of 1.5g/kg.
Sturdy in construction, the firebox is 6mm thick and comes with a 10 year firebox warranty. The Lachlan insert comes fitted with a SKAMOLEX™ baffle, pushing the heat back into the fire for a clean and efficient burn. Plus – it comes complete with a 3 speed fan with push button control.
Designed to fit seamlessly into an existing brick chimney, get the benefits of a traditional open fireplace without the ashy mess.
If you like the look of a built-in fireplace but don’t have an existing brick chimney, simply use the Lachlan insert with the compatible Maxiheat Zero Clearance box to achieve the same effect without any major structural re-construction