Choose the best fire

There are many factors to consider when installing a wood fire and ensuring you select the correct size and model for your home and heating requirements is key. A large fire is not always the best option as a model that is too big for the space you are heating will have to be turned down, which reduces efficiency, creates more emissions and produces unburnt contaminants (from incomplete combustion) which over time can damage the firebox and flue system. The right size Metro fire with correct operation and good dry firewood will provide you many years of warmth and reliable heating.

Choose a suitable model for your homes size, age and the area you are wanting to heat. If you have a medium sized well-insulated home in a region that experiences a mild winter climate, then 10kW of heat should be adequate. A larger home, or the same-sized but less well insulated and draughty home, particularly in a colder climate, will require more heat output. In non-open plan homes there’s no point overheating the living area while the rest of the house stays cold. Installation of a heat-transfer system will use the excess heat at ceiling level and distribute it to other parts of your home. This warm air then circulates to create a dry, healthy environment throughout your home from the one heat source – your Metro fire.

Measure the area (m2) you wish to heat and compare it to the heating area detailed with each model. Homes with a high stud, lack of insulation or the installation of a wetback or heat transfer system may require more heating capacity. Your Metro agency and installer can provide assistance with choosing the best fire and flue system and the additional heating accessories you may need. Selecting the most suitable installation location for your new fire is also important to ensure specified clearances, floor protector requirements, flue installation and optimum heat distribution are achieved.

Confirm your property size to check whether your home is located within a clean air zone or not.

This will determine the type of model you can install. Your Metro agency or local council can advise if there are any specific airshed/emission requirements for your area.

Select the correct size Metro fire and applicable flue system and any necessary heating accessories.

Your Metro agency or local installer can advise on the most suitable location for installation and exactly what heating products / accessories you will need.

Have your new Metro fire installed correctly by an NZHHA registered or suitably qualified installer.

Your Metro agency or local installer can also help manage the council permit process from the consent application through to completed installation.

Clean air models

Clean air approved models are suitable for any size property and can be installed into a clean air zone anywhere in New Zealand, unless more stringent regional rules apply.

These models feature a firebox design which utilises a secondary burn chamber and secondary air supply combination unique to Metro, with the focus on burning hot and clean with very low emissions.

All clean air approved Metro’s comply with the NES requirement of less than 1.5gms of particles for each kilogram of dry wood burned (g/kg) and a minimum thermal efficiency of 65%. The majority of these models have also gained NES compliance with a wetback fitted.

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Ultra low emission models

ULEB is an acronym for ‘Ultra Low Emission Burner’. Put simply, they are some of the cleanest solid fuel burners on the market with incredibly low particulate discharge.

ULEBs are tested using the strict real-life operating conditions of Canterbury Method (CM1). ULEBs must meet the Environment Canterbury emission and efficiency standards as well as the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) National Environmental Standards (NES).

The Metro Ultra fires are compliant with both CM1 and MfE NES which allows these fires to be installed anywhere in New Zealand including new homes in the Canterbury and Nelson regions.

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LTD rural models (2Ha+)

Metro LTD models are specifically designed for lifestyle and rural properties and can only be installed on a property with a land area of two hectares or greater.

All LTD freestanding models feature large flat radiant cooktops with ample space for both pots and kettles. The unique firebox design delivers longer burn times and all models can be fitted with either a 3kW or 4kW wetback ensuring winter warmth, cooking and water heating are all dominant features.

Choose from seven freestanding models with base, leg and wood stacker options and two Insert models. Peak heat outputs range from 15kW to the impressive 24kW output of the LTD Mega Rad.

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