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Electra Business Awards 2015
  • Professional Chimney Sweep, Wood Burner / Open Fire Inspections, Repairs and Certificate
  • Wood Burner Installation and Repairs 
  • NZHHA Approved Member and NZ Safety Trained Technicians
  • Spring / Summer / Greypower Discounts
  • Family Owned & Operated Local Business covering Porirua to Foxton
Winner Service Customer Choice Award 2015 – Sponsored by Beach FM
Winner Owner Operator Excellence Award 2015 – Sponsored by Mitre 10 Mega Kapiti

 

A clean fire is a safe fire

The NZ Fire Service was call to 649 chimney fires in New Zealand during 2007 and 2008. By cleaning your fireplace, you significantly reduce the risk of a fire in your home. Don't compromise your insurance! Your home will also be warmer as a clean fire will burn more efficiently.

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Install a wood burner for a warm, dry home

Keep your home cosy and keep your power bills down with a wood burner; one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. We can offer you unbiased, honest advice on products and can service all brands of wood burner that we install.

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Damaged fireplace or chimney?

Does your fireplace let smoke escape when it is shut? Do you have leaks in your roof around your chimney? A damaged fireplace or chimney is potentially disastrous. Small problems can quickly develop into larger, more costly ones.

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We're committed to excellence & safety

That is why we are members of NZHHA to give our customers peace of mind and ensure we are up to speed with what is happening in the industry. Safety is paramount which is why we endeavour to comply with NZ Safety Standards using harnesses when we are working on roofs (a legal requirement for all chimney sweeps and installers).

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Providing qualified and friendly services at fair prices

Frequently Asked Questions

NZHAA
  • How do I successfully light a fire? Take a look at this informative video on how to successfully light a fire (http://www.nzhha.co.nz/woodfire)
  • How often should I have my wood burner / open fire serviced and swept? At least once a year to ensure the safety and efficiency of the appliance/chimney. All manufacturers stipulate an annual service and in many insurance companies require evidence of due care and maintenance in the event of a claim. Property Managers and Landlords are responsible for the maintenance and safety of chimneys and wood burners so an annual inspection is strongly recommended for these properties. Informing tenants on proper use and care of the appliance is also strongly recommended. (See Government's Building and Housing guidelines)
  • What wood should I use? Most manufacturers recommend that soft wood (pine and mac) be burned to comply with NZ standards and to make lighting the fire easier (hard woods are not good for lighting fires). Most importantly the wood needs to be dry and seasoned (kept under cover for a year to dry out). DO NOT BURN rubbish, plastic or driftwood in your fire.
  • What is a baffle and does it need to be replaced? Baffles create a barrier between the fire and the top of the wood stove, as well as a path for the smoke and gases to follow toward the stove pipe. They also reflect the heat back toward the fire, causing a secondary combustion during which most of the gases are burned off, resulting in an efficient burn, and they prevent smoke from blowing back out of the stove when the door is opened. Baffles are made of steel, cast iron, firebrick, ceramic fiber board, or a combination of these, according to the Wood Heat Organization. Because they're exposed to such intense heat, they must eventually be replaced. Using a fire without a baffle is not recommended as the bottom of the flue will start to burn out.
  • Do bricks have to be replaced? Fire bricks protect steel from overheating and starting to warp, prolonging the life of the wood burner. Bricks should be replaced when they are crumbling. It is ok to using cracked fire bricks which is a common occurrence.
  • What wood burner should I purchase for my home? It is best to arrange an on-site visit BEFORE purchasing a wood burner for your home. There are many factors to be taken into consideration in choosing the fire type and site for your new appliance, not just room size and fire heat output.
  • Why is my chimney smoking? Why can I smell smoke in the house? It may need sweeping or parts replacing. Lighting the fire correctly is essential to make sure it is hot enough to move smoke up the chimney. Some wind conditions can cause blow back. If you are worried call us to come and inspect.
  • When is the best time of year to get my wood burner / open fire serviced? Spring and Summer are the best time of year. There is no wait time, and it often is a time when discounts are offered. Worried about birds nesting? If a bird nests after we have swept we can return and remove the nest and put bird nesting on. Still using the fire? That is ok. It doesn’t matter if you continue to use your fire after it is swept (although it must be cold to be serviced on the day).
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