editor's blog

Creosote and the damage it can do

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.

No power to fight the cold

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.