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10% OFF SEGUIN WOOD HEATERS

Heat your home like the French and install a Seguin wood fireplace in your home today!

Enjoy the quality, artisan engineering design, 100% pure cast iron, AND 10% off* while you’re at it!

This offer is valid for all wood heaters in the Seguin range – excluding the Seguin Wood stove range (Seguin Aurore).

Offer is valid for a limited time only or while stocks last

T&C’s: 10% off offer is valid for the Seguin wood heater range only. This offer excludes the Seguin wood stoves range. Offer is valid for a limited time and subject to stock availability.

Oh la la, HALF PRICE flue kits on all Sculpt Wood Heaters!

Add a French touch to the heart of your home with a hand made wood heater from the Sculpt Fireplace Collection range.

From suspended, contemporary, or a classic cheminee design. The Sculpt range has a wood heater for all interior types.

Purchase any fireplace from the Sculpt Fireplace range and receive the flue kit half price!

Offer is valid for a limited time only!

T&C’s: Half price flue kit offer is valid for purchases of fireplaces from the Sculpt Fireplace range only. Offer is valid for purchases made on July 17th 2019 onwards. Offer is valid for standard flue kits only. Not in conjunction with any other offers, promotions, or discounts. Offer may end without any prior notice. For the Bordelet range offer is valid for the inner flue only. Any additional lengths will incur extra costs. E&OE.

Fight The War On Winter with Brivis

Brace yourself winter is coming! Don’t get left out in the cold suffering a long winter, purchase a Brivis Gas Ducted heater instead and earn some $$$ back.

Receive a $100 VISA PREPAID GIFT CARD on selected Brivis Gas ducted heater models:
Brivis Starpro 4 star Gas Ducted Heater
Brivis Starpro 5 star Gas Ducted Heater
Brivis Starpro 6 star Gas Ducted Heater
Brivis Buffalo 5 star Gas Ducted Heater

To claim your FREE $100 Visa prepaid gift card, please make a claim online here.

Offer ends 31st of August 2019. Please ensure to submit your claim before 30th of September 2019.

T&C’s: Offer is valid only when purchasing one of the selected models listed above. Offer is available for purchases made between 01/04/19 – 31/08/19. The promotion is while stocks last or until 31/08/19. Claims must be lodged by 30/09/19 for purchases made between 01/04/19 – 31/08/19 or it will be not be eligible. Promotion does not include delivery or installation.

Jetmaster End Of Season Expo Sale

To celebrate the Jetmaster End Of Season Expo, Jetmaster is offering some great savings until the 23rd of August!

Purchase any of the units listed below and receive some great savings.

Heat & Glo (3X, 5X & I30X) fireplaces
Heat & Glo (6X, SLR-X & Mezzo) fireplaces
Jetmaster firebox

Offer ends 23rd August 2019 or while stocks last.

T/Cs: Offer is valid for units listed above only. Offer is not in conjunction with any other offers. Offer ends 23/08/19 or while stocks last.

Nicholas Design Furniture Now Available at Woodpecker


When building your dream home, the last thing you want is to put in generic style or sized furniture that doesn’t truly fit in with your personal style or living space.

Woodpecker is excited to announce that you may now view and purchase custom Nicholas Design pieces in both our Oakleigh and Mornington showrooms! Discover the quality craft man ship of a Nicholas Design furniture, touch and feel the range yourself, and be prepared to be amazed at the high quality finishes.

Nicholas Design is a family owned and operated business, with pieces all proudly made down on the Mornington Peninsula from their studio in Tyabb. The team at Nicholas Design are all creative thinkers, focused on delivering personalised services and approaching all projects individually.

The Mornington based company has been in the industry for over 30 years and has created a locally recognised brand for themselves. They source all materials from local trades and ensures to use only top quality materials for all their pieces.

Whether you have a domestic or commercial project for Nicholas Design, they’ve done it all and know exactly how to create a custom solution for you.

What’s better than a custom piece of high quality furniture designed just for you?

Recovering an old piece of furniture that was once your favourite but may no longer fit in your new home’s decor, personal style or you just want to give a refresh and breath of life again. Nicholas Design not only offers customisable furniture but they also provide upholstery services so you can still keep that old arm chair from your childhood, or liven up the bargain $20 old couch you scored from the op shop.

These Nicholas Design custom pieces are available to be purchased directly off our showroom floor. Or you may want to visit our showroom to check out some of these custom pieces to spark some inspiration for your own custom project. Either way Woodpecker is the perfect destination hub if your goal is turning your home in to a living space that perfectly reflects your style.

Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

Summer is just around the corner and any day now we’ll all be switching on our air conditioner. But is your air conditioner ready for summer? We’re all getting our health and bodies ready for summer, but the most important thing to get ready is your air conditioner! And no, we do not mean just changing the batteries in the remote. To ensure your air conditioner is ready for the Aussie summer heat, you will need to have it serviced.

Before you do turn it on, ask yourself this, when was the last time I serviced my air conditioner?
If you had to pause, say uhhh or remembered it was over a year ago, then it’s time to service your air conditioner before the heat hits.

1. Boost indoor air quality

A clean and unblocked filter will ensure you and your family are only breathing in pure, filtered air with no dust, dirt or pollution. Regularly replacing or cleaning your filter will ensure normal airflow, optimal efficiently, and lower energy consumption by 5% – 15%.

2. Save on power and repair bills

Running a broken unit will require more power and as a result… higher bills! Repairs can be quite costly, however having routinely service will assist avoiding these excess repairs. If there are repairs that are required, fixing them as soon as it happens will prevent any permanent damage. A perfectly working unit, with regular services means your air conditioner performing at it’s peak and efficiently.

3. Maintain the efficiency and lengthen the lifespan of your air conditioner

Each year your air conditioner does not get serviced it will lose 5% of its overall efficiency. As the years go on and the efficiency drops, the air conditioner’s lifespan will also decreases because it’s unable to operate at optimal performance. Therefor it is vital to regularly service your air conditioner in order for it to run at optimal capacity and to prolong its lifespan for as long as possible.

4. Protect the environment

Operating an air conditioner without regularly servicing it not only hurts your wallet and air quality, but also the environment. When you service your air conditioner the technician will perform tests to locate any leaks (HFCs/man-made greenhouse gases). These leaks are very harmful to the environment as it will contribute to global warming.

5. Prevent the Foul smelling odours

If you don’t regularly service your heater and perform a chemical wash, it will result in a build-up of mould, bacteria, or other organism which will begin emitting foul smelling odours. Regular maintenance and servicing will avoid this and ensure you have nice, fresh, odourless air

Woodpecker recommends to perform annual services on your air conditioner. An ideal time to service your air conditioner is just before summer hits, as the unit has been idle all throughout winter. Beat the summer heat, before it beats you!

Book in your service with Woodpecker today by clicking here.

Best Wood To Burn In Your Wood Heater

You just bought a stunning new wood heater that will keep you toasty warm all winter. It’s time to throw in some wood and get a nice roaring fire going. But what is the best wood for a nice fire? Any random wood? Absolutely not!

Sure any type of wood will start a fire for you. However, will you get a good, long lasting fire? No.

Woodpecker strongly recommends burning only hardwoods as the best wood for a strong, vibrant fire. Hardwood will burn slower and it’s also double the density of softwoods (lower densities results in a faster burn).

It’s most important to ensure the wood is dried before it’s burned. Fresh wood contains a higher amount of water and will use a substantial amount of energy when burning to remove the water from the log, which will create steam during the burn.

To ensure optimal burns, the best wood Woodpecker recommends are woods with a moisture content of 15% or less, and has been seasoned for at least a year.

Best way to check the moisture content in your wood?

The answer is simple, invest in a moisture meter! Below are great examples of a moisture meter being used on greenfire wood logs.
As the images show, the moisture content in these greenfire wood have a very high moisture content. This means the wood will not give you a good burn!

If you do regularly burn wood with a moisture content higher than 15%, as the wood burns the moisture in the wood will boil as steam. This steam not only cools the fire but causes some of the combustible gases emitted from the heated wood to condense, resulting in small particles that we see as smoke. This smoke not only creates smoke pollution, but is wasted heat as the energy goes up the chimney rather than heating your room.

These combustible wood gases can also condense as creosote in the flue or chimney. Build up of creosote can possibly ignite causing chimney fires, and also reduce the efficiency of your heater.

The best wood Woodpecker recommends Woodpecker recommends burning Red Gum wood in your heater for the most optimal burns, and suggests avoiding softwoods with high moisture content such as tea tree, pine wood and greenfire.

The Weber Pulse Is Here! Reset Your Expectations Today

Let’s go back in time to 1971, Weber just introduced their first gas grill barbecue to the Weber range. Weber barbecue lovers everywhere jumped with joy, they jumped even higher after they experienced the amazing flavours this new grill creates.

Well now it’s 2018 and Weber lovers are jumping with joy once again with the release of the new electrifying Weber PULSE barbecue!

Weber spoilt us with charcoal barbecues, gas barbecues, and now we have Weber’s new revolutionary electric barbecues. Introducing… The Weber Pulse!

The Weber Pulse will make you reset your barbecuing expectations. It’s not any ordinary electric barbecue, or electric fry pan like many other products on today’s market.

Imagine this, you live in a small compact apartment with an even smaller balcony but you long for the classic Weber flavours? Yes, you can fit in a Weber Q in to your ant size balcony, but is there even enough room for a gas bottle?

In comes the new Weber Pulse! Say goodbye to just dreaming of Weber closed lid flavours, and start barbecuing up your own, even on your tiny balcony. Without the need of a giant, heavy gas bottle!

Weber’s new electric barbecue range fuses everything you need from a traditional barbecue, with the simplicity and convenience of electrical power. All of these features, without compromising the delicious Weber flavour either!

Let’s get in to the nitty gritty details of this revolutionary Weber Pulse barbecue!

This revolutionary barbecue is integrated wih Weber’s iGrill smart technology. That means you can measure the grill temperature, and track the progress of your food as it cooks to perfection through the iGrill app on your smart app. In other words, the new Weber Pulse barbecue will literally tell you when your food is cooked just the way you like it! My oh my, how snazzy?

With porcelain coated cast iron cooking grills and the power to cook at temperatures up to 300°, the Weber Pulse imparts a beautiful flavour as the smoke circulates within the lid. This results in the delicious Weber flavour you’ve been craving!

The Weber Pulse is built with two heat zones, giving you the flexibility to split your cooking area. Imagine, steaks searing on high heat on one side, and delicious side dishes cooking away on the other side on a low heat. This means a perfect meal, cooked on one barbecue… at the same time!

Feeling hungry? Ready to switch on the flavour with the new Pulse? Then Click here to grab a Pulse for yourself, today!

Introducing Bioethanol Fireplaces


A real flame fireplace… without a flue? How is that possible? With bioethanol of course!

Bioethanol is a biofuel derived from plants including corn, wheat, barley, and sugarcane. Bioethanol is a renewable energy source, with no odour and no harmful emissions. It creates a vibrant clean-burning flame with no harmful effects on the environment or the people using it. Burning bioethanol fuel will not produce any smoke so no flue is required!

Bioethanol fireplaces are a perfect combination of functionality and beauty. Using a bioethanol burner gives you limitless freedom to create great stylish additions to any interior or exterior spaces. You can have them on the wall to create a real life art, mounted from the ceiling as a conversation starter, or use the burner to fill a space to fill in your wall from an old fireplace. So many options!

Architects, designers and home renovators around the world have embraced bioethanol fireplaces to achieve traditional and minimalist contemporary styles.

The bioethanol burners are a simply radiant design with the various bodies available to house the burner. You may go the traditional route and choose a classic or slim inbuilt firebox to replicate an original fireplace. Or perhaps a cocoon-shaped dome for a contemporary centerpiece. Otherwise for those that want to create a serious wow factor you can even place it within cabinetry.

The simplicity and flexibility of bioethanol burners/fireplaces open up endless positioning possibilities.

Woodpecker offers the Cocoon Fires and Icon Fires range which both uses the bioethanol burner as their fuel bed and source.

Fancy a contemporary and versatile look? Do you want the flexibility of being able to mount the fire on the wall? Or mount it in the roof and also have the option to change it to a pedestal? Cocoon Fireplaces is your perfect match! Click here to check out the Cocoon Fires range.

Perhaps you want a combination of traditional, minimalistic and contemporary? Then the Icon Fires range with their various fireboxes is the perfect choice for you. Click here to check out the Icon Fires range.

Know Your Heater, Know Your Safety

Winter is upon us and everybody will be turning towards their heaters. In light of recent safety news of potential carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning produced by B-Vent/Open Flue gas heaters such as Vulcan Heritage Space Heater and Pyrox Heritage Space Heater, it’s vital to test your gas heaters in your home/rental property.

What’s going on exactly?

Few Victorians have been reported to have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning which symptoms include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, nausea and others. This was caused due to the use of B-vent/Open Flue gas heaters such as a Vulcan or Pyrox Heritage Gas Space Heater where air is drawn front he room to feed the fire. This paired with inadequate ventilation and even use of exhaust fans will draw the carbon monoxide back in to the room which leads to people being exposed to potential carbon monoxide poisoning.

The diagram below illustrates how air is drawn in and out of a B-Vent/Open-Flue gas heaters, compared to a Balanced Flue gas heater.

Do you use a Vulcan or Pyrox Heritage Space Heater? It’s urged by Energy Save Victoria that those using Vulcan or Pyrox Heritage Gas Heater to stop using them until they’ve been tested by a qualified gas fitter.

The department of Health and Human Services is inspecting these gases in public housing properties. Properties with heaters that fail this inspection will have their heaters disconnected and replaced, while heaters that pass the carbon monoxide testing will go on a priority list for replacement.

In the meantime, if you own one of these heaters then it is recommended that you don’t use it until it can be tested by a qualified gas fitter.

Stay warm this winter by using alternative heating until this has been tested or replaced with the following options

If you want to stay with a gas heater then we recommend choosing a Balance Flue gas heater. Balanced Flue gas heaters are great alternatives as it draws air from outside the house to feed the fire. As the heater is sealed, the exhaust gases are drawn up the flue and dispersed safely outside the house. There are great Balanced Flue gas heaters available at Woodpecker.

Can’t decide which is best for your home? Check out our product range on our website or contact us and we will help choose the perfect fit for your family and home.

Preventative maintenance

Whole home comfort is what any family tries to achieve, a good general service to tweak your heating system will ensure your family enjoy comfort indoors this winter – and each one thereafter. Firing up your heating system before or after a season is just like servicing your car. A years workout, or even a system lying dormant over the months it’s not needed, requires a good spring clean, this prevents unforeseen problems and the stressful impact of living without your heating system due to a major fault and the costly bill associated with lack of maintenance.

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Efficiency is a good thing, and modern day household appliances have more electrics and moving parts to ensure they release the least amount of carbon and keep the Ozone with as little damage as possible, however this requires upkeep to achieve peak performance and a longer life of your wood heater, gas log fire, split system, hot water service or hydronic heating system. Preventative maintenance is like a hair cut, mowing the lawn, a good spring clean, a dental check up, or clipping toe nails; it can divert unexpected breakdowns and minor problems can be detected early without the need to replace the entire unit.

Probably the single most important reason for regular servicing (aside from your families safety) is that manufacturers stipulate in their manuals that a product must be serviced regularly (usually not exceeding two years) otherwise the warranty terms and conditions are voided. A service can not be carried out by yourself, a mate or Jack of all trades. A licensed tradie is licensed for a very specific reason, he is qualified in his trade, he knows what he is doing, he knows the products he’s servicing and installing, he knows the building regulations and standards, and will guarantee his work, costing you less in the long run and keeping your mind at ease…

It just so happens that Woodpecker is a one stop shop for all your home comfort needs, not only can we advise you on your purchase, we can supply you with your unit, arrange the installation and also service your product. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

For more information have a little look at the energy safe vic website guidelines here:

http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/For-Consumers/Gas-and-electrical-safety-in-the-home/Gas-safety-in-the-home/General-gas-safety-hints-around-the-home

Contact Woodpecker for more information.

It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited about something!

We are pleased to introduce to our Woodpecker customers, Sculpt Fireplace Collection’s most sought after high-end European fireplace designs. With suspended fireplaces, pure cast iron wood boxes that can be freestanding, and panoramic wood heaters in the range, we are certain that we are going to ignite inspiration and excitement for all our customers, and even architects, interior designers & builders. We have always held true to our ethos of supplying the best products on the market, and now we extend these with the amazing artisan collection from Sculpt.

Axis, JC Bordelet and Seguin are the pinnacle French brands Sculpt Fireplace import and we are excited to finally stock these latest fireplaces in Woodpecker’s showrooms.

Axis has dedicated the last 15 years to designing and manufacturing quality steel fireboxes, using state of the art technology to laser cut all units, as a result of this bespoke craftsmanship, no warping in the firebox will ever occur. These superb pieces will retain superior heat, combined with large heating capacity, your home will be comfort central all winter. A perfect collision of practicality and high end statement.

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BENEFITS OF AXIS

100% Designed and manufactured in Belley France
Door lift producing flawless silent mechanism
Fire bricks baked at 13500 c and reach 6000 c when alight
Interlocking bricks manually assembled for uniform heat accumulation
Low CO emissions
Air circulation doors for air wash technology, and Post Combustion Technology

Seguin is a company who prides themselves on being at the forefront of firebox design and include their patented DAFS (double air flow system), Intelligent Heating System technology – which allows you to control your wood heater via remote control, and their four sided glass firebox amongst their significant reveries. With an average firebox thickness of 8-10mm their wood fireboxes are crafted from pure cast iron – which also aids the radiant heat of the unit to last well into the cold nights. It’s thanks to this quality that see a 10 year guarantee on all Seguin products.

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BENEFITS OF SEGUIN

10 year warranty on all fireboxes
100% pure cast iron fireboxes (not made with any recycled materials)
Optional Black line printed glass with selected wood fires
One, two, three or four sided glass models
All fireboxes come with fire grate and ash pan as standard
And lastly JC Bordelet, the most renowned of the curators of the suspended firebox, having multiple design awards under their illustrious career, Bordelet’s dedication to creating conceptual hand made suspended fireplaces makes JC Bordelet the grand statement to be desired. Made only in limited quantities, all fireplaces hang dramatically suspended from the ceiling and are centre stage for the dancing theatre of flames that can be viewed up to 360degrees.

And lastly JC Bordelet, the most renowned of the curators of the suspended firebox, having won multiple design awards in their illustrious career, Bordelet’s dedication to creating conceptual hand made suspended fireplaces makes JC Bordelet the grand statement to be desired. Made only in limited quantities, all fireplaces hang dramatically suspended from the ceiling and are centre stage for the dancing theatre of flames that can be viewed up to 360degrees.

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BENEFITS OF BORDELET

Hand made steel with limited quantities
Visually beautifully and exceptionally finished
Fire bricks baked at 13500 c and reach 6000 c when alight
Only 4mm steel hanging fireplace on the Australian market
Art lovers and those cultured in the pursuit of interior magnificence should look out for Sculpt to release their showcase range in early December. We are wanting to break down the barriers of the wood fireplace world and bring a diversity and on trend feel never before seen in the tradition of wood heaters.

Contact Woodpecker for more information.

END OF SEASON REVERSE CYCLE SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CON SALE!

Your split system is your best friend in winter too! Switch it from Cool to Heat and stay toasty warm all winter long.

Don’t shop around; find the latest specials on the DAIKIN reverse cycle split system ready to go .

Get in quick, offer valid until the 31st of July 2019 or while stocks last!

Price starting from only $968*

Are You Summer Ready?

There are a variety of solutions available to keep your home cool this summer.
Summer Airconditioning
The first thing you need to establish is – Do you want to be cool or cold?

There are two main forms of cooling that you should consider;

1. Evaporative Cooling
2. Refrigerated Cooling

Evaporative cooling

Evaporative cooling is a system that uses fresh air. The Evaporative cooling system is roof mounted and pulls fresh air from outside through chill cell pads that are mounted on each side of the unit. Water runs through these pads and as the air is pulled through these pads the Evaporative system turns fresh air into vapour with a drop in temperature by approx. 15C – This cool air is then delivered through a variety of ducts throughout your home.

Evaporative cooling is run by having your doors and windows open, pushing the hot air inside your home out through these areas and creating a pressure so the warm air outside cannot get back in.
Evaporative cooling is perfect if you don’t like the feel of refrigerated air or if you have kids – You won’t need to keep telling them to keep the doors closed when they run in and out from playing outside.

Refrigerated air is air that is recycled within in your home – Don’t worry, all of our refrigerated systems have filters and our premium Daikin systems are even accredited by the national athsma council. These systems will deliver crisp, cold air into your home through an indoor coil which is piped up to an external condensing unit.

Many of our refrigerated systems also come with “Reverse Cycle” functionality which will deliver cool or warm air. These systems are perfect if you are after a complete climate solution.

Again, our Woodpecker Consultants are experts in choosing the right system for your home – Give us a call or even bring your floor plans in and we will design a system based on your needs.

AVOID THE WAIT!

Either which way you decide to go both our refrigerated and evaporative cooling systems will ensure you don’t sweat through another hot summer and get that much needed sleep at night so you feel refreshed and ready to take on the next day!

A Woodpecker Consultant can help you with choosing the right unit – Just give us a call at Oakleigh East on 95588666 or Mornington on 59770899 to speak with one of our friendly consultants.

Contact Woodpecker for more information.

Designer Excellence Is Here

Finally, the long wait for the most anticipated designer gas log fire is over!
Heat & Glo Mezzo
Finally, a premium product that has a perfect marriage between firebox and fuel bed – No gaps, clean finish with a fade resistant black glass that will stimulate your senses.
Available in four sizes, 1000, 1300, 1300ST or 1600, the Heat and Glo Mezzo is a luxurious and modern design that boasts up to a 4.4 star rating and up to 10-12 building squares of heat – There hasn’t been a fire like this before.

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Double sided or single sided – You decide on how you want this fire to look with a slimline discreet fascia and choice of fuel beds including i-phone/android compatibility, you can be the master of your domain.

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AVOID THE WAIT!

We expect the Mezzo to be one of the best selling fireplaces of all time so come in and make sure you take advantage and snap up one of the most elegant fireplaces for your home or building project before this shipment sells out!

Come in and view the masterpiece that is the Heat & Glo Mezzo at one of our designer showrooms at 1682 Princes Hwy Oakleigh East or Cnr Bruce st and Watt Rd Mornington.

Contact Woodpecker for more information.

How to Choose Between a Wood, Gas, Pellet or Electric Fireplace

The Main Purpose
The first decision you must make is, what is the main purpose and use of your fireplace? Are you intending for it to be a primary heating source for a common room, such as a living area or outdoor entertaining space? Or are you intending for the fireplace to be a beautiful addition for your home’s aesthetic? Or is your fireplace designed for cooking, such as a grill or pizza oven? Understanding exactly what you require is the first step to finding the right fireplace.

Wood, Gas, Pellet or Electric?
Different types of fireplaces utilise different types of fuel or power.

Wood Heaters

Enclosed freestanding wood heater
Wood heaters are fuelled by wood and give you a feeling of core heat with the ability to heat from 2 to 35 building squares.

Some wood heaters are purely radiant models, and so will radiate the heat out at a steady rate and others have a fan to push the heat out faster. Fireboxes come in a variety of sizes, depending on the area you wish to heat or whether it will be your main heating source.

A good quality wood heater used efficiently and well maintained, can last around 20-30 years. With advances in technology, they are now not only more efficient than ever, but also more stylish in design.

The best wood heater for you depends on your situation, requirements and preferences. They come in both freestanding and inbuilt options. An inbuilt unit can be for an existing fireplace (making it more efficient and cheaper) or for a new construction (zero clearance box). You can also get double-sided heaters

Gas fireplaces

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Gas Fireplaces are a ‘mess-free’ option that not only heat but also obtain the visual ambience of a wood-burning fire. The effect and heat is almost instant, with the ability to heat from 2-14 building squares. If you have a heater with a high heating output and low mega joule consumption, the unit will be efficient to run. Some gas fireplaces even have ducting so that you can easily heat the other rooms in the home.

It’s important to understand that gas fireplaces are used as a secondary heat source with another form as a back up, but many are designed to at least heat individual rooms. In essence, gas fireplaces can create a focal point in any room, as well as providing warmth. Even if you have other heating like central heating, a gas fireplace can be used to complement this heating source.

There are primarily two different types of gas fires – open gas and glass fronted – and both are available in freestanding, inbuilt and double-sided varieties.

Electric fireplaces

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Electric Fireplaces mimic a fireplace burning coals, wood or pebbles and are primarily used for decorative purposes, not heating.

The benefit of these fireplaces is that they require no flueing and can be floor standing or wall mounted. They are great in units or townhouses where sharing walls, body corporate or other issues make flueing a difficult option.

Pellet fireplaces

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Pellet fireplaces can reduce heating bills and because they use renewable fuels, they have a low impact on the environment.

Derived from the milling of plantation timber, pellets are the cleanest-burning biomass fuel available. Featuring simple technology, these freestanding stoves are easy to operate and maintain and provide clean and efficient heat

Open or Enclosed

An open fireplace (available in wood or gas) is more visual, with some supplementary heating. There is flexibility in terms of sizes and style; however the running costs are greater for both wood and gas burning fireplaces. A glass fronted fire is generally a lot more efficient and effective, with a higher heat output and lower running costs. Another benefit is safety, as there is no exposed flame.

Inbuilt or Freestanding

An inbuilt fireplace is built into a wall in your home, whether it be an existing chimney or purpose built wall. A freestanding fireplace either stands on its own, either near a wall or in the middle of a room.

The main difference between the two varieties (beyond their visual appearance) is the cost for installation. Adding an inbuilt fireplace to your home will generally cost more than a freestanding fireplace as the existing area must be prepared and finished in accordance with the home’s existing décor.

Contact the Fireplace Experts Today

Woodpecker is the expert on supplying, designing, and installing fireplaces. We have a full range of gas, electric, or traditional wood burning fireplaces in an array of pleasing designs. With two store locations in the greater Melbourne area, our team will provide you all the answers and advice you need on choosing the right fireplace at the right price.

Contact the team at Woodpecker today for more information.

Making sure your wood heater is installed correctly

Wood heaters have been warming peoples homes for centuries. The most common form are slow combustion heaters, which are more efficient and easier to operate. Most people spend weeks, sometimes even months choosing the right wood heater for their home. Sadly, when it comes to installing the unit however, it is common for people to choose the “cheapest price”. More often than not, this leads to incorrect and non-compliant wood heater installations.
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The most common misconception we have found amongst most wood heater retailers is that a 3.6m flue kit is “standard” and is enough for the heater to comply. Don’t be caught out! All wood heater installations are regulated by Australian Standard AS/NZS2918 and must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2918:2001. This stipulates that the minimum flue height must be 4.6m above the floor on which the wood heater is located. Therefore, unless the wood heater itself is over a 1000mm high, 3.6m of flue will make the installation of the wood heater non-compliant.

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The standard also states that there must be a three meter clearance all the way around the cowl (end of the flue pipe). If the cowl is less than three meters away from any trees, windows, double storey walls, neighbours wall, etc, than the it must pass the object by a meter.

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Not only is Standard AS/NZS 2918:2001 a legal requirement for installing wood heaters in Australia, but is also aids in the functionality of the fireplace by preventing expelled smoke coming back down the flue and into your home.

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Contact the Wood Heating Experts Today

Woodpecker is Melbourne’s leader for heating, cooling, fireplaces and Weber barbeques. We provide a full range of heating products, including great wood heater options. Woodpecker is also a fully licensed plumbing company, meaning that we can take care of your wood heater installation from start to finish. Ask our friendly team of experts for more information on how we can assist you on the best wood heating solution for your home today

Contact Woodpecker for more information.

Dr.Luis & Mrs Sylvia

From the moment that we walked into your showroom in Oakleigh we were cared for in a highly professional and friendly manner by Aaron and then Steve who were very reassuring and thorough in going through everything with us. Ken then contacted us very promptly and told us exactly who was coming and at what times. We also found him to be very friendly and helpful when we rang with a couple of queries. John and Aaron installed the fireplace very efficiently and were very impressive in their good natured approach to their work and the efficient way that they went about everything. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. Scott the plasterer was also a pleasure to deal with and I would certainly recommend him to anyone needing this service. When we returned to the showroom a couple of times to pay and to check things out we were met by the very friendly young Marianne who showed a very thorough knowledge of the product and was very helpful indeed. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone who was interested in installing a fireplace and are delighted with ours.

Dr.Luis O.K & Mrs Sylvia A. K

Michelle de Vries

I wanted to compliment you on the quality of your staff. I came into your store today to purchase some accessories for a WeberQ 320 that we have coming, and I was served b Marianne (Inv 7425), who explained all the accessories that would be required and how to use them.

I would have not hesitation returning to your store for any future, bbq or otherwise requirements and will certainly be recommending your store to friends and family.

Thank you for showing me that exceptional customer service still exists.

Michelle de Vries

Murray & Jodi Ribaux

Your Installation team were absolutely lovely and extremely professional. You have a great Installation Contractor – and a friendly happy lovely man –A true pleasure to have in our home – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

We loved the fact that a Second Year Apprentice had been employed and treated at all times with a high standard and praised by his senior always – So lovely to see . Woodpecker – a job well done – anyone who may be considering Air Conditioning – they have been awesome. We will be seeing you again soon to have a Wood Fire Heater installed.

Thanks again Aaron for a lovely experience dealing with professionalism at all times.

Murray & Jodi Ribaux