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wood burner supply and install - Hallett Cove - recomendations please?

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    Hi all,

     

    As the weather gets colder we would like to install a wood burner. Was wondering if anyone had any recomendations for good suppliers/installers in the area (hallett cove)?

     

    Cheers

     

    Beck

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    We called in recently to Knight's Heating and Cooling, on Victor Harbor Road (near the Seaford/Old Noarlunga crossroads) and they had some lovely looking woodburners in there. The man was very helpful and full of useful advice; we were only looking for replacement parts for our stove but I would have no hesitation in going back to them for a quote if we were in the market for a new one.

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    Hi all,

     

    As the weather gets colder we would like to install a wood burner. Was wondering if anyone had any recomendations for good suppliers/installers in the area (hallett cove)?

     

    Cheers

     

    Beck

     

    Hi Beck

     

    We had one installed a month or so ago. We also used Knights heating and cooling and they were absolutely fantastic!!! We have been using it since the cold weather started and it feels like installing it has been the best decision we ever made! If you need any info let me know.

     

    Sarah

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    Well thats a piece of string question.

    The 'standard' Australian one look like they were designed by a monkey 50 years ago - think big TVs for the 1970s. They do however pump out a load of heat. Theres a place on M N Road in Enfield that makes / sells them at around $1500 to 2000 to buy. Standard install is around $ 4-500 but I suspect that would increase to closer to $ 700 once on site. Some dealers sell stoves that actually were glanced upon by a designer. Morso from Denmark are very good but $$$ compared to the locally make ones. You can import a European one. I looked at this and may well do it for one of the other rooms. SA hasn't signed up to the current regs and so you don't have to get a stove with a Australian registration plate. The stoves don't even need to be installed by a legit fitter (amazing as legally one can't even fit a wall plug to an iron without being a qualified sparky) but I won't do it.

    I bought a USA stove from Lobethal Sheet Metal for close to $ 3000and fitting was $ 700. I could have had a standard Aussie one fitted for around $2500 all done but it was just too visually offensive to make the saving worth it.

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    We are thinking of having one installed in our outside pergola are, when we have our UPVC blinds installed. This will make it much more usable of winter when we have friends over.

     

    We are assuming it will be much cheaper to install, as you only need to cut a hole in the roof sheeting?

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    Well thats a piece of string question.

    The 'standard' Australian one look like they were designed by a monkey 50 years ago - think big TVs for the 1970s. They do however pump out a load of heat. Theres a place on M N Road in Enfield that makes / sells them at around $1500 to 2000 to buy. Standard install is around $ 4-500 but I suspect that would increase to closer to $ 700 once on site. Some dealers sell stoves that actually were glanced upon by a designer. Morso from Denmark are very good but $$$ compared to the locally make ones. You can import a European one. I looked at this and may well do it for one of the other rooms. SA hasn't signed up to the current regs and so you don't have to get a stove with a Australian registration plate. The stoves don't even need to be installed by a legit fitter (amazing as legally one can't even fit a wall plug to an iron without being a qualified sparky) but I won't do it.

    I bought a USA stove from Lobethal Sheet Metal for close to $ 3000and fitting was $ 700. I could have had a standard Aussie one fitted for around $2500 all done but it was just too visually offensive to make the saving worth it.

     

    Not sure what you mean by 'standard Australian'. There is a large variety of styles available, even the website for Lobethal metal has a huge range, some built here in SA, some in other states, NZ and European available. All brands has a range of styles. Personally I don't like the Morso ones, except the dinky one which is far too small to heat our house. Everyone has their own taste and different styles suit different houses and budgets.

     

    Kadina, shop around, buy what you like and what suits your house and have it professionally installed. You need advise on the right size to heat your space. Remember you need a hearth, tools and of course wood (and somewhere dry to store it) so factor these in. You also need to have the flue and fire cleaned every year or two, depending on the wood you burn.

     

    There are a lot of regulations around the height of the chimney in relation to surrounding buildings (the installer should be aware of these and fit the chimney appropriately) and the moisture content of wood you can burn to minimise pollution. You need to read up to learn how to burn efficiently and environmentally.

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    I'd recommend Knights Heating and Cooling also, they did a great job on replacing a slow combustion wood burner in our old place.

     

     

    But...........to put the cat amongst the pigeons.......how much are the gas ones that look exactly the same???

    If not a huge amount more they will be cheaper to run and much more control and no mess.

     

    We installed a "Hole in the wall" type gas fire in our new home last year.

    We still wanted heating and a focal point but not the mess / smoke bothering neighbors (they will if not burning hot and right) and also we virtually managed with free firewood from a few sources.

     

    What is good firewood costing per ton now - 300???

    We used a few ton in the old place per year.

     

    Working from home we do like a bit of daytime heat as well ,so to buy a winter's worth would be expensive.

     

    Our gas bill works out a LOT cheaper than buying wood.

    It was just the initial outlay.

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    Do the gas ones give out as much heat? I must admit some of them look really good, especially if you have a 'modern' house.

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    Do the gas ones give out as much heat? I must admit some of them look really good, especially if you have a 'modern' house.

     

    Ours packs out enough heat definitely. Most times when we have it on it is on the lowest setting.

     

    Ours looks great, it is a modern style one with Stainless trim.

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    What is good firewood costing per ton now - 300???

    We used a few ton in the old place per year.

     

    Don't know as we get most of ours for free. We did buy a slab of beer for one gum tree and we also got the chippings for our garden mulch - so that was a good deal. But we did pay a man to split it for us this year which cost us a couple of hundred (not sure exactly as he also cleared a load of garden waste and dumped for us). We have more than one winters worth though.

     

    If you can pick it up throughout the summer it is cheaper than buying at premium winter prices. We also cut up our garden prunings etc for kindling.

     

    It is a lot of work, carting, chopping, storing wood, restocking inside, cleaning ash and the floor around as it flies everywhere - but it is a wonderful heat and I can watch it for hours.

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    Word of warning re Main North Road retailer, let's just say they have been bust not once but twice now

     

    nobby

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    Just thought I'd update you. We had Mike from Knights heating and cooling out....he was very helpful and gave us a good price, so we are getting the wood heater installed next week. Can't wait to be nice and toasty in the house!

     

    beck

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