Wood Heater Installation

Residential Installation and Operation of your wood heater

  1. Please read this entire Guide before you install and use your new wood fire. Failure to follow instructions may result in property damage, bodily injury or even death. Be aware that local Codes and Regulations may override some items in this Guide. Check with your local Council or Shire inspector.

  2. THE APPLIANCE AND FLUE-SYSTEM SHALL BE INSTALLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH AS/NZS 2918:2001 AND THE APPROPRIATE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RELEVANT BUILDING CODE OR CODES.
    APPLIANCES INSTALLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS STANDARD SHALL COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF AS/NZS 4013 WHERE REQUIRED BY THE REGULATORY AUTHORITY.

    ANY MODIFICATION OF THE APPLIANCE THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED IN WRITING BY THE TESTING AUTHORITY IS CONSIDERED TO BE IN BREACH OF THE APPROVAL GRANTED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH AS/NZS 4013.

    CAUTION: MIXING OF APPLIANCE OR FLUE-SYSTEM COMPONENTS FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES OR MODIFYING

    THE DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATION OF COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. WHERE SUCH

    ACTION IS CONSIDERED, THE MANUFACTURER SHOULD BE CONSULTED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

  3. Select a position for your woodheater. Consult the minimum clearance chart for your model and set the woodheater in place. For close clearance installation use listed double wall connector systems.

  4. To insure vertical alignment, suspend a plumb bob from the ceiling over the exact center of your woodheater flue and mark a spot on the ceiling to indicate the center of the chimney.

  5. Check that the area above the ceiling is clear for cutting. Re-confirm the clearance from the woodheater to combustibles to insure that they are within the prescribed limits.

  6. Mark the location of the pedestal base on the floor, then move the woodheater aside and mark the position of the floor protector.

  7. Install chimney according to chimney manufacturers instructions. The performance of your wood fire is governed to a very large part by the chimney system. Too short a chimney can cause difficult start-up, dirty glass, back smoking when door is open,  and even reduced heat output. Too tall a chimney may prompt excessive draft which can result in very short burn times and excessive heat output. Minimum requirement from floor base to top of flue being no less than 4.6 mtrs.

  8. The floor protector must be of non-combustible material. Refer to manufacturers specifications for floor protector clearances.

  9. When the floor protection is complete, position the woodheater with the flue collar centered under the installed chimney.

  10. In seismically active areas, we recommends that your unit is secured to the floor by using the bolt down holes inside the pedestal.

  11. Do not connect this unit to a chimney serving another appliance.

Safety Guidelines & Warnings

  1. Never use petrol, petrol type lantern fuels, kerosene, charcoal lighter fuel, or similar liquids to start or ‘freshen up’ a fire in your heater. Keep all such liquids well away from the heater while it is in use.

  2. Keep the door closed during operation and maintain all seals in good condition.

  3. Do not burn any quantities of paper, garbage, and never burn flammable fluids such as petrol, naptha or engine oil in your woodheater.

  4. If you have smoke detectors, prevent smoke spillage as this may set off a false alarm.

  5. Do not overfire heater. If the chimney connector, flue baffle or the woodheater top begin to glow, you are overfiring. Stop adding fuel and close the air flow control to minimum air flow. Overfiring can cause extensive damage to your woodheater including warpage and premature steel corrosion. Overfiring will void your warranty.

  6. Do not permit creosote or soot build-up in the chimney system. Check and clean chimney at regular intervals. Failure to do
    so can result in a serious chimney fire.

  7. Your woodheater can be very hot. You may be seriously burned if you touch the woodheater while it is operating, keep children, clothing and furniture away. Warn children of the burn hazard. For safety reasons a guard around the fire is recommended.

  8. The woodheater consumes air while operating, provide adequate ventilation with an air duct or open a window while the woodheater is in use.

  9. Do not connect this unit to a chimney flue serving another appliance.

  10. Do not use grates or andirons or other methods for supporting fuel. Burn directly on the base or bricks where supplied.

  11. Open the air flow control fully for 10 to 15 seconds prior to slowly opening the door when refuelling the fire.

  12. Do not connect your unit to any air distribution duct.

  13. Your wood fire should burn dry, standard firewood only. The use of cut timber, plywood, “mill ends”, etc. is not allowed as this fuel can easily overheat your wood fire. Evidence of excessive overheating will void your warranty. As well, a large portion of sawmill waste is chemically treated timber, which is illegal to burn in many areas. Salt drift wood and chemically treated fire logs
    also must not be burned in your wood fire.

  14. No combustible material should be closer than the clearances as specified on page

 

Brick Installation

  1. Firebricks comes installed in each woodheater and is made to extend the life of your woodheater and to radiate heat more evenly.

  2. Important: Remove the packing material from  bricks. Check to see that all firebricks are in their correct positions.

Disclaimer

Fireplace installation section is meant only as a quide and we always recommend that you use the services of an accredited installer. Please refer AS/NZS 2918:2001.