Worth knowing

  • Uses pellets made from waste wood
  • Burns cleanly
  • One-touch lighting, thermostat and timer
  • Heats large spaces
  • Can be used for water heating
  • Can heat more rooms with a heat transfer kit or central heating system
  • No chopping or storing firewood
  • Can’t burn firewood
  • Need a small amount of electricity to work

Be Gen Less with pellet burners

Pellets are made from 100% waste wood (sawdust and shavings) and burn cleanly – so you’re onto a winner.

  • Store your pellets in a dry, sheltered place.
  • Use the timer to warm the room just before you get home and switch off when you don’t need it.
  • Set the thermostat to above 18ºC (to combat damp and mould) but below 21ºC (to save fuel).
  • Service and maintain your pellet burner according to the instructions for safety, performance and to make it last for years.

Check with your Council

Building consent is required for the installation or replacement of a wood burner, and many local councils have specific regulations because of air quality concerns. You will need to select an ‘ultra-low emission burner’ (ULEB) in some areas.

  • Get some expert advice

    The New Zealand Home Heating Association gives advice about choosing wood burners and can put you in touch with a certified installer.
  • Buying guide

    Consumer NZ’s report explains how they work, how to choose one and rates 150 models.

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