Wood Fire Checklist

Choose the best fire

There are many factors to consider when installing a Metro wood fire in your home and ensuring you select the correct size and model for your home and heating requirements is key. The right Metro wood fire with correct operation and good dry fuel will provide you years of warmth and trouble-free heating.

1. Check your property size to confirm whether you’re in a clean air zone or not

If your property ‘land size’ is less than 2 hectares, you can only install a clean air model. If your property ‘land size’ is 2 hectares or greater, you can choose to install either a dedicated LTD (rural) model or a clean air approved model.

2. Check with your local council for the airshed/emission requirements for your area

The National Environmental Standard permits a maximum of 1.5 grams of particulates per kilogram of fuel burnt with a minimum heating efficiency of 65%. Some councils have more stringent emission requirements than this. For example, Central Otago Air Shed 1 is restricted to 0.7 grams and Canterbury is restricted to 1 gram.

3. Choose the correct size Metro fire which will provide the best heat for your home

Choosing the correct sized Metro fire for the space you are wanting to heat is very important. A model that is too large for the space you are heating will have to be turned down, which reduces efficiency, creates more emissions and produces contaminants (unburnt) which can damage the firebox and flue system.

Measure the area (m2) you wish to heat and compare it to the heating area icon shown 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 specialist or installer can provide further assistance in choosing the best size Metro fire.

4. Select the best location in your home for your new Metro fire

The location of your fire will determine how well it heats your home. Your Metro fire can be freestanding, insert or built-in. Determine the best location for your fire to ensure the specified clearances, floor protector requirements, flue installation, and optimum heat distribution are achieved. Your Metro specialist or certified installer will be more than happy to visit your home and advise on the best model and installation location for your home heating needs.

5. Have your Metro fire installed by a registered or approved installer

We recommend your Metro fire should always be installed by a registered or approved installer and must be installed to the manufacturers’ detailed specifications. Your Metro specialist or certified installer can also help manage the council permit process from consent application through to completed installation.

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