Sunday, 4 May 2014

can anyone recommend a good woodfire?


Well we went from wearing shorts and t-shirts, to madly collecting firewood over the weekend! The cold snap certainly found itself at our place. It's so lovely to be sitting in front of the fireplace on a chilly night though. There's nothing quite like the warmth that comes from a wood fire.

Each year we talk about upsizing our wood stove size to better heat our space. Our little fire does a great job for what it is. The only thing is, I'd love it to heat a bit more of the house than just one room.

A couple of years ago I went and looked at loads of different wood stoves at the shops. Then I got overwhelmed by all the choices out there and put it in the too hard basket. There are so many different types out there. I'm worried about choosing something that turns out to be a dud or that won't do a better job than the stove we already have.

There are a few things I'm looking for in my fire. I really want it to burn clean, with minimal smoke inside and outside the house, and to be economical with the wood. It also needs to heat a large space.

Is there a wood fire that will do that? Do you have a good wood fire at your house that you'd recommend? Any great names that I should keep an eye out for? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

So has the cold snap found its way to where you are as well? I hope you are all rugging up and keeping warm!


21 comments:

  1. We have felt the cold snap here too, even in Brisbane (well, for us anyway). I was enjoying the still quite warm days and suddenly it changed.
    Sorry, I don't have a fireplace recommendation, but I will be reading other people's ideas with interest, as I will be looking at getting one when I move out of Brisbane soon. But ages ago, I saw a wood stove that was open to both rooms as it was set into the connecting wall somehow. That was great, but probably quite expensive and I have no idea of the name, Love your blog, Melindi

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    1. Thanks Melindi! We were the same here, warm and then snap!

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  2. We lit our scandia cuisine on Saturday. Its great for cooking and heating.

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    1. How cool that you can cook in it as well. I am going to check those out. Thanks so much Liz!

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  3. There is nothing like sitting by the fire on a cold day to warm the soul!! I do hope you find just what you are looking for to heat your home!!! We have a fireplace so I am no help to you there....good luck friend and stay warm with the change of seasons! Love that last shot! Nicole xoxo

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  4. I just researched about his as I would love to spend a small inheritance on a wood stove/water heater/heater!
    Also I don't have $20k.
    I just read about the smaller Nectre's range. They seem smaller, but the ability to heat a big space (up to 200 square metres). The Bakers oven in their range caught my eye (heat up to 90 square metres) and it has the capacity to cook in it and is small. Sorry I cant help you with price, but you could look them up....

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    1. Thanks Robyn. Thanks so much for your comment! I'm reading about Nectre ovens online now :)

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    2. Hi, we have a small Nectre 15 and it is fantastic. It is very heavy, cast iron? and the heat is put out radiantly (through the walls of the oven). We have a small home, so this model is more than sufficient but I'm sure their larger models are also great. From memory this model cost $1600 about 2 years ago.

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  5. We have a lovely wood burning stove but it is an English make so probably no good to you..........

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  6. Farmer Liz commented above re hers - here's a link to her blog about her stove and other people's comments on there may be useful too. http://eight-acres.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/winter-woodfires-part-1.html Melindi

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    1. I'll go have a read. Thanks Melindi!

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  7. That last picture is so beautiful. It is suppose to be Spring where I live but I froze at the playground today with the kids. When I got home I turned the heat on and made tea.

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    1. Oh no :( I'm not sure how I would cope with such a long winter. Wishing some sushine and warmth your way!

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  8. Hi, we have a Nectre & it's fantastic, it burns clean, is easy to light & heats a large area. Ours well & truly heats our whole smallish queenslander home which is around 140sqm. Very happy with it. Good luck with your search. Gene

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    1. Thanks so much Gene! I'm going to have a look at some Nectres. I really appreciate your recommendation!

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  9. We just installed our wood fire heater at the weekend, thank you for the advice about tiles:)

    We bought a NECTRE 800 freestanding. We lit it at the weekend and it puts out some heat!!! MY DH has been madly chopping firewood, luckily we have a free source of wood so that will help keep the costs down.

    We have a fairly open plan house and we could not believe that even in the front room it was warm on Sunday evening.

    It is pretty overwhelming trying to choose, I know it took me ages to decide. I am happy with the fire and I love the style.

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    1. That's great that you love your fire! It's such a big choice that you do really want to be happy with it! Thanks so much for the Nectre recommendation. I'm going to check some out :)

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  10. Ours is about 10 years old and doing well its a Coonara and heats a large lounge, kitchen, study, bathroom and laundry is we left all those doors open. We put a system in the roof where the air is sucked from the lounge into 2 bedrooms - the elder boys and that works well too is very effective, just takes the chill off the air.

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