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Against the grain… Design services for wood heaters in Canberra?

By miz 6 February 2012 24

I want to install a free-standing wood heater and flue in my house. However, I need some prior advice about the ideal place to put it.

I live in a small 3 bedroom (govvie) house in Tuggers, circa mid 1980s. This means that it has those strange antiquated things, ‘walls’, which divide the lounge, kitchen/dining areas and hall leading to the bedrooms. It has pretty decent roof insulation but no wall insulation.

My lounge is already a difficult room to furnish, as it is both small and an L-shape, with the longest side being a glass sliding door. You also have to walk through the room to get to the rest of the house, which makes the long bit of the ‘L’ very narrow.

Does anyone know if there is some kind of design consultancy service (given that wood heaters are kind of out of fashion with the green police) that could help me on the ideal place to put a wood heater? Internet sites of shops selling wood heaters seem to provide info on how big a heater to get, but not where to put it. I guess that’s because newer homes are more open plan and would have greater design flexibility.

Thanks in advance guys.

PS. Before anyone gets cranky about the fact that I want a wood heater in the (gasp!) Tuggeranong valley, I hasten to add that having a wood heater is going to be a significant heating improvement on the (two) IXL electric wall heaters I have at present. There is no gas line in my street so gas heating is not an option. Further, I understand that wood heaters are now very efficient and that practically all dodgy emissions are burned up before going up the flue, which is a plus for air quality and means you save on wood. I also understand that burning wood is a sustainable and green form of heating, and I believe that you can also burn wood pellets. Yes, I am probably a hippy at heart. (Just saying.)

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Deref 1:23 pm 30 Mar 12

Ditch the idea and go with reverse cycle air conditioning. A someone said, no heating system (other than solar passive) is sustainable, but reverse cycle is the most efficient there is.

HenryBG 12:42 pm 30 Mar 12

creative_canberran said :

I for one think they that if they go ahead with having a wood heater installed, that they and their family should be barred from having any access to ACT Health facilities and hospitals.

Ditto with anybody that drives around in a motorvehicle, emitting particulates, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides as they go. No healthcare for them, either.

Oh, and anybody who uses mains electricity, thereby being responsible for the burning of coal, which emits vast quantities of noxious substances into the atmosphere – some of them radioactive – none of them should be allowed any healthcare either.

Holden Caulfield 12:20 pm 30 Mar 12

Speak to the owner (can’t recall his name) at Fyshwick Home & Heating. He’ll be able to advise you on the best gas/wood options available to you.

If you need installers he’ll have a few tips for you as well.

We just had the fireplace in our 50s place reinstated after our original plans to install a double-sided gas heater became too expensive from a cost/benefit pov. Especially as we will be having reverse cycle heating/cooling throughout the house anyway. I expect we’ll use our fireplace only a few times a year.

padge48 11:41 am 30 Mar 12

miz said :

Thanks Vet and others for practical comments – interesting comments about the Turbo 10, AG recommended it too. I will keep my eye out. Anyone know where these might be available?

PS I have no issues with chopping/splitting. I had a wood fire at a rental the first year I moved back to Canberra, and it was awesome. Wonderful heat and I find wood splitting therapeutic (like weeding). I already have a splitter.

Hi miz planning to do the same (,and not interested in negative responders so respectfully, y’all can go take a hike )
I am now proud owner of secondhand unit which I hear has to have compliance late and then it will cost $1200 to install- have been out of town for 8 years ha ha it has turned into the nanny state in the meantime here? any tips….?

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