Getting your fire place installed – “What do I do Next?”
You can buy your
Masport fire place and/or flue kit on its own at the price shown & organise
installation yourself, OR we can do the “all inclusive option” of WRIGHTCARE
option is available for installations of fire places within our local area. Out
of area installs go to www.nzhha.co.nz
to find registered installers for your own area.
our service area we can organise the complete purchase package of the wood
fire, including the installation, flue kits, hearths, flashing & flue
reflector etc & obtaining consents. If you are out of our local area
we can still supply your fire place & much of the related hardware items,
and if you can’t find a local installer we can find a recommended
installer for you, plus handle the freighting of the fire direct to you.
What are all the relevant “Clean Air” regulations & how does
that apply to you?
There is currently
several legislative levels of CLEAR AIR approvals, which relate to various
geographical areas in New Zealand, but you also need to be aware or, not only
the current requirements, but FUTURE changes, which may, in some areas, affect
the ability to use certain fires.
Our recommendation is
to AVOID all fires that are labelled as “RURAL” or “MULTI-FUEL” fires,
as these will not be suitable in many areas, given current laws in some
districts, plus upcoming & potential law changes in the near future.
WE ONLY SELL CLEAN
AIR APPROVED WOODFIRES*
– National Environmental Standards set by the Ministry for the
Environment, September 2005. All new woodfires must meet a minimum
efficiency level of 65%, PLUS have emissions of LESS than 1.5gm of carbon
per kg of burnt dry wood.
– Environment Canterbury & Nelson Regional Council emissions
standards. Same as above, BUT with stricter emissions levels of LESS than
ORC Air shed 1
– OTAGO Regional Council Air shed 1 emissions standards
– Same efficiency level, but with emission levels of no more than
Expected Law Changes for ALL fire types*
It is currently
expected that by circa 2013-2016 depending on your location in New Zealand, the implementation
of the proposed PM10 air quality standards will leave many district councils
with no other option than to enforce an outright ban on the use of OPEN FIRES
in the home or workplace throughout New Zealand. It is also expected that ALL
fire types will be expected to meet the NEW clean air requirements which were
set in 2005*. Many areas of New Zealand have already adopted the upcoming clean
air quality standards & also are implementing, in some cases, retrospective
phase out of non-compliant wood fires.
What does this mean
will mean your current open fire place
will, in the short to medium term, be phased out & not be able to be
used, either now, or in the future depending on where you live in New
will mean that either in the short to medium term your existing woodfire,
permitted or not, if it does not meet the 2005 NES standards will have a
limited life & will have to be phased out at some point & then can
only be replaced by an NES approved fire
legislation will also, most likely apply to currently installed fires
(permitted or not) to meet the newer clean air levels by a given period of
time. As these fires come up for replacement they will only be able to be
replaced by NES approved or cleaner fires, depending on your location in
councils are adopting the new “point
of sale rule”where it is now an assigned responsibility of anyone selling
a house to ensure that any older non-compliant woodfire is replaced by
clean air approved fires BEFORE selling a house so that unsuspecting
buyers are not caught out.
districts have different council regulations which relate to area quotas
etc so we recommend checking with your local council before installing if
you are unsure.
As a result of this we
would recommend –
wary of purchasing a fire that does not meet current NES clean air standards.
Rural fires, multi fuel fires or second hand fire that
don’t meet these standards cannot be installed in many areas of New
Zealand. Even IF it is currently permissible under current council
regulations to install a “rural” fire on a property of 2 hectares or more,
we would suggest it is better in the long term to stick with clean air
approved fires only. We strongly recommend NOT buying second hand fires.
you have an open fire place & brick chimney you can get an approved
insert fire, such as the Masport LE4000, which (in most cases) can be
inserted into your existing masonry fire place, with the flue kit going up
the existing chimney.
you are looking at purchasing & installing a NEW woodfire ONLY buy
fires which have, at the very least, the NES & ECAN standards approval
the NZ Home Heating Association via www.homeheat.co.nz
or your local council if you require more detailed regulations in your
Specifications & prices can sometimes change without notice - we endeavour to keep details up to date. All prices are in NZ$ & are GST inclusive unless otherwise stated.