How high do I need my Flue?

The minimum flue height as specified in the standard AS/NZ 2918 is not less than 4.6 metres from the top of the floor protector – for solid fuel heaters. The presence of adjacent tall trees or buildings may mean that…

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Why is my fire smoking?

There are several reasons why a fire may smoke into the room.  Check the following points: Clean the chimney. If the chimney has been swept, check that the sweep has reassembled the flue system and fire correctly. Check that the…

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Troubleshooting Chimney Draft Problems

We often hear the complaint that someone has a ’bad’ stove or fireplace because it smokes into the house. In our experience however, draft problems are almost never caused by the fireplace or appliance, and in fact 75% can usually…

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Can I burn coal in my wood fire?

Warmington fires have been tested to burn wood only. Burning coal will produce black smoke which is damaging to the environment and can burn very hot which can damage the firebox, in extreme cases.

What is negative draught?

It is important that outside air is available for the fire to burn properly. New homes with double glazing and airtight windows, often starve the fires from oxygen, especially when an extractor fan or HRV system is in use. This…

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What is a damper and how is it used?

The damper is used to control the airflow into the firebox. By opening and closing the damper, you have some level of control regarding how fast and hot a fire burns. This keeps your house at optimal temperatures, and your…

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Good woodburning techniques

The key to a smoke free fire is a nice, hot fire box with large bright flames. It’s all about good combustion, where the wood ignites quickly and burns all at once, instead of smouldering from one end to the…

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