Your Guide To Reducing Your Energy Costs This Winter

When winter comes around, the magnitude of our electricity and energy bills always seem to come as a surprise, and a shock. However, it is only ourselves to blame since we do not always conserve the energy we have in effective ways. If you want to conserve more energy at home, here are some useful tips to reduce your bills considerably:

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Why Wood Burning Fireplaces Are Back In Fashion

Australian homeowners are finding wood burning fireplaces more attractive than ever before, with a great deal of homes across the country now opting for wood heaters over gas. We have the reasons why wood burning fireplaces are coming back in fashion.

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Where To Put A Freestanding Fireplace In Your Home

Nowadays, fireplaces are more than just a way to stay warm; they are a statement and a centrepiece in your home. You can have one installed in almost any space in your house, and you have many styles to choose from amongst the different freestanding and insert wood burning fireplaces. Let’s take a look at where about in your house you could put your fireplace:

  • Freestanding:

Freestanding allows you to place it anywhere you want, as long as it is attached to a flue. So the good news is that your choices are much wider for a freestanding than an insert. You do need to keep in mind that with freestanding units, that there are clearances to walls and requirements for hearths to protect your floor.

If you’re looking to host lots of family and friends, then your living or dining room would be the best location in your home to put your fireplace. You’ll be able to keep your guests warm and comfortable, as well as show off your new masterpiece.

If you’d prefer to create extra heat in your bedroom to keep you warm on those chilly nights and mornings, then you have that option as well.

  • Insert:

Whilst insert fireplaces create a more grand look and offer great heating solutions, you’re more limited in your location choices by the fact it can only be mounted in a wall, or have a bulkhead built out to house the unit and flue if there is no opening available.

Therefore, a previous fireplace generally needs to exist to place an insert in that same location, which is usually found in living rooms. If you find that the opening you have for an existing fireplace is too small to house a slow combustion insert, and you would still like to have a real wood fire, you do have the option of installing an open wood fireplace.

If you’re on the lookout for a new wood burning fireplace, it’s best to first plan on which one you should get and where in your house you can best see it fit.

If you are still unsure which type will suit your needs, be sure to get in contact with our experienced and helpful team for further advice.

Where To Place Your Furniture Near A Fireplace

Congratulations on investing in a brand new Quadra-fire fireplace for your home. You’ll be enjoying it for many years to come, so make sure that you place it in a manner that ensures the maximum enjoyment – while also ensuring your safety. An optimised layout will ensure it won’t get in the way when not in use, while still providing maximum heat to your surroundings during the colder months. Here are a few factors worth considering when placing a fireplace in your home. Read more

Understanding Fireplace Terminology

Installing a fireplace in your home is an exciting experience, but dealing with the terminology regarding its various functions can be confusing. How do you know what each term means and whether or not it’s relevant to you? The first step towards making the best decision for your needs is to know exactly what you’re dealing with. We’ve put together a few common terms you might encounter when selecting a fireplace so that you choose one that fits in with your budget, home and lifestyle. Read more

How To Become A Quadra-fire Fireplace Master

Investing in your wood burning fireplace was a good decision to make, and as long as you follow the provided instructions in terms of what wood to burn, how to maintain your fireplace and how to troubleshoot potential problems, you’ll have years of enjoyment ahead of you. If you’d like to take things one step further and truly become a master at the art of using a wood burning fireplace, we’ve compiled a few tips worth exploring.

Before you have your Quadrafire installed

Summer is a great time of year to have your fireplace installed, as that way you generally won’t have to wait as long for installation, and your fireplace will be ready to use when the first bout of cold weather hits. Identify your needs from your fireplace, do you require an inbuilt style or freestanding? What heat capacity or burn time are you looking for? This will help your representative recommend the best-suited fireplace for your needs.

Before you purchase wood

For your fireplace to maintain peak performance, it’s crucial you are burning the right type of firewood. The only firewood you should be burning is split and seasoned hardwood, with a moisture content of around 15%-20%. To check if your firewood is good to burn, you can purchase a moisture metre to measure the moisture levels. You can also check that the wood you have has cracks radiating in all directions from the centre, and that if you knock two pieces together that they make a sharp crack sound.

Before you light your first fire

Now that you have the right firewood and are ready to get started, make sure you’re familiar with the recommend firing process. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to build and light your fire.

Between fires

You now have all the tips you need to get a good fire going and are no doubt dying to have people over to show off your skills. Before you do this, make sure your Quadrafire is kept neat and clean but don’t remove the ash bed from inside it. This layer actually works as an insulator, which will make it much easier to start a fire in the future.

By implementing these tips above, you’ll soon be lighting fireplaces like you’ve been doing it your entire life!

For more information about your Quadra-fire fireplace, feel free to get in contact with us anytime!

What Gives Your Fireplace Its Characteristic Crackle?

If you take a look at popular sleep sound machines and even online music sites, you’re bound to find several sound clips of ocean waves breaking, rain falling on leaves and, of course, wood crackling as it burns. If you own a Quadra-fire, you’ll be lucky enough to enjoy this authentic sound in the comfort of your home without venturing outside. Have you ever wondered what exactly makes wood give off this comforting noise when it’s being burnt? Allow us to explain why…

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Maximising Your Fireplace To Properly Heat Your Home

How many fireplaces do you need to heat up the average family sized home? While the ancient English mansions you see on television might have a massive, roaring fireplace in every room, living in Australia means that we’ll never have to deal with the extreme levels of cold that would make that necessary. In fact, it’s possible to maximise a single Quadra-fire fireplace in one room in such a way that an entire home can be properly heated. Keep reading to find out how.

  • Maximise air flow

Before you decide on a Quadra-Fire fireplace, it’s important to identify your needs. Are you looking for an inbuilt or freestanding fireplace? What capacity heat output do you require? Keep in mind that when you are calculating the area, that you need to include the ceiling height. Heat naturally rises, so take this into account when doing your research. Having a fan on your unit can assist with airflow. Some people find that with particularly high ceilings, fans are sometimes needed to push some of the heat back down.

  • A long-term solution

Are you concerned about your family’s heating requirements in cold months? Not only can it be expensive to support but it also places a strain on the environment in terms of electricity consumption. With a wood burning fireplace in your home, you might want to consider a few minor renovation tweaks that will allow your fireplace to function more effectively. This can be as simple as adding pass-through vents and transoms strategically around where your Quadra-fire has been installed. This will keep the heated air flowing freely, allowing your entire household to enjoy its warmth at a low cost and with very little fuss.

Do you want more information about how to maximise your fireplace’s heating effect? Get in contact with us today!

The Materials You Should Never Burn In Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Having a fireplace inside your home can be a great way to create a wonderful atmosphere. However, sometimes people see their fireplace as a way of disposing of items by throwing them into the fire, which can have long-lasting and detrimental effects on your fireplace. Here is a list of items you should never burn.

Coloured paper & products

The chemicals found in wrapping paper, magazines and newspaper inserts are known to give off toxic fumes when they are burned. This is made worse by the fact that paper can burn quickly, which can cause balls of still-burning paper to float up into the chimney, and ignite creosote deposits.

You should also make sure that you never burn waste products like pizza boxes or any other items that were printed with coloured inks, or Styrofoam items, as they can also release toxic fumes that can be harmful to your and your family’s health. If you are finding it difficult to light your fire, use firelighters to help get it going.

Treated wood

Wood that has been painted, stained or otherwise treated may also release a cocktail of toxic gases and carcinogens. Be sure to dispose of treated wood in a safe manner. Particulate boards, such as MDF, should also not be used in your fireplace.

Using accelerants

Be sure to never light your fire using accelerants like kerosene, gasoline, or lighter fluid in your fireplace. Using these substances may cause a dangerous flame flare-up that can be hazardous.

The wrong fuel

Fuel like coal or charcoal should never be used in a wood-burning fireplace either, as it doesn’t have the necessary materials to handle the higher heat that these fuels produce. Coal and charcoal fires often burn hotter than wood-based fires, which can damage the parts and chimney of your fireplace.

Evergreen wood

Stay away from burning evergreen fuel in your fireplace, as this type of wood’s moisture content is too high to allow the fireplace to perform the way it should. Green wood does not burn as long, as efficiently, or as hot as properly seasoned wood.

Bonus tip

You should have your fireplace swept regularly by a chimney sweep to keep your slow combustion fireplace in top working order. For more information about safely using wood burning fireplaces, contact the team at Quadrafire today.

Does Having A Fireplace In Your House Add Value To Your Property?

Having a fireplace installed in your Melbourne home WILL add significant value to your home, and can even become the focal selling point of your house. By adding a fireplace, the benefit of its value to your home will be more than worth the time and money you spend to have it installed. Here’s how: Read more