Frequently Asked Questions
We understand you may have many questions about fireplaces before you’re ready to make a selection. On this page we answer some of the questions we hear most often about fireplaces and installation.
Question 01 - Which heater is right for me?
Question 02 - What kind of heaters are available?
But nowadays there can be combinations of both as people get creative with what's possible. This could mean a freestander that sits within a cavity or feature alcove and then flues up through an enclosure to hide the piping, or an insert that is housed within a boxed enclosure with the flue piping is exposed as a design statement. Or a two metre wide electric fire. Lots of possibilities.
Question 03 - Which heater works best?
Gas heaters provide clean and quick heat and can be remarkably efficient with outstandingly realistic flames. All things being equal they aren't capable of heating as many square metres as the same sized sized closed wood heater.
Question 04 - What's the difference between radiant and convected heat?
Convective heat is essentially a process where the heater expels hotter air from air galleys and channels. This in turn creates a vacuum that pulls in cool air which starts a convection cycle. It is an extraordinary way to take the most heat you can from a heater.
Question 05 - What heater will work in my space?
For wood or gas heaters whether freestanding or enclosed, think about:
- Measurements - the amount of square metres of floor area you are looking to heat. You don't want a heater that won't heat sufficiently, but neither to you want to 'over' fire where it's not necessary.
- The layout of the area where the heater will be placed, eg, open plan, can you close doors to the area, etc.
- The height of ceilings and whether they are vaulted or cathedral.
- The quality of the insulation, condition of seals around window frames, doors, cornices and skirting.
- The location of where you want to place the stove, eg, position in the room, on an internal or external wall, distance to combustible materials such as walls, windows and furniture.
- Pictures, Pictures, Pictures! The more pictures of the room or area you want to heat the better!
For wood or gas inserts into an existing chimney, think about the width, height and depth of the opening; the size of the area you want to heat; pictures of the fireplace, external walls and chimney; height of the chimney and whether the chimney finishes at the ceiling (many do) or continues right through to above the roofline.
Question 06 - What about installation?
Question 07 - What does installation involve?
Question 08 - How much is installation?
- Freestanding wood fireplace - $650
- Freestanding gas fireplace - $800
- Standard wood fire insert into an existing chimney (may be additional for removal of bricks or existing fireplace) - $800 - $1,200
- Standard wood fire insert with hebel blocks supplied - $1,400
- Standard gas insert into standard enclosure with gas and electrical nearby - $800
- Standard gas insert into existing chimney, not including removal of existing bricks or fireplace - $800 - $1,000
- New enclosure with timber frame and by-rock with standard cornice, skirtings and ceiling height - $1,900
- Timber mantle and hearth install - $400
- Removal of existing fireplace if bricked in - $500+
- Removal of freestanding fireplace - approx. $350