Creosote is a flammable and corrosive material that can build up over time on the walls of your firebox and flue system. In it's worst form it is a gooey, bad smelling, corrosive and combustible material. It happens when unburned wood particles, ash and other gases mix as they exit the flue system.
When the recent winter storms hit the country, for Wellington woman Helen Down, it was deja vu in the dark. The family have torches strategically located around their rural home for easy access, because they've been in this powerless situation before. Now when a big storm is forecast, the family know they are prepared, she says.
Increasing power costs leading into winter is a key driver for homeowners to investigate more reliable, cost effective ways to heat their homes. With around 35% of the energy used in the average New Zealand household being used for heating, it makes good sense and dollars to do so.