Best Wood Heaters

There isn’t much that’s more comforting than the sight, sound and smell of a wood fire. Taking the time to understand how different wood heaters work and your home’s heating requirements will help you find a unit that’s right for you. Continue reading...

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Based on 450 reviews
Pacific Energy Neo 2.5 LE

Pacific Energy Neo 2.5 LE

4.1  (36)
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Kylee
KyleeVIC3 posts
 
We love our Pacific Energy Neo 2.5We kept our fire going 24/7 during winter and were very pleased with our Neo 2.5. Show details
Buschbeck Outdoor Fireplace & BBQ Rondo

Buschbeck Outdoor Fireplace & BBQ Rondo

4.2  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,299
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David Tregonning
David Tregonning
  Fair Incentive
Well worth the moneyArrived undamaged. Instructions easy to follow. A great talking point that everyone can sit around.
Nectre Mk2 Series

Nectre Mk2 Series

3.6  (26)
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$2,499RRP
Leonie C.
Leonie C.NSW
  Pedestal
Scandia Heat and Cook SCX501

Scandia Heat and Cook SCX501

3.3  (26)
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Charlie
Charlie6 posts
 
Nectre Big Bakers Oven

Nectre Big Bakers Oven

3.5  (21)
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Steven T.
Steven T.NSW3 posts
 
Regency Bellerive

Regency Bellerive

3.1  (24)
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$3,399RRP
Darren H.
Darren H.NSW
 
Great fireplaceNice large fire box and fire keeps the whole house warm, even with our high ceilings. We load up with wood when we go to bed and still going when we get up in the morning. Show details
Scandia Warmbrite

Scandia Warmbrite

2.8  (33)
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$849RRP
Cher G
Cher GVIC5 posts
  140
Terrible heaterThis heater was ok for a while but then started to fall to pieces. Unfortunately the Scandic people did not want to know and we are unable to find a repair person. To try to fix it. Do not buy this brand Show details
Scandia
Scandia   DM   
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Saxon Mahogany SXMH09K

Saxon Mahogany SXMH09K

2.6  (27)
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$3,695RRP
An gray
An gray8 posts
 
Stupid designThis heater does not burn seasoned wood it chokes itself out Show details
Jindara Woodheating Kimberley / Hamersley Range

Jindara Woodheating Kimberley / Hamersley Range

3.1  (14)
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Rowrah
RowrahNSW
  Hamersley Freestanding
Jindara Woodheating
Jindara Woodheating   DM   
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Eureka Freestanding Discovery Series

Eureka Freestanding Discovery Series

4.0  (8)
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Rick
RickNSW5 posts
  Solitaire
Stovax Studio 3 Freestanding

Stovax Studio 3 Freestanding

2.5  (26)
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Julie L
Julie L4 posts
 
Jindara Woodheating Tilga / Grange Range

Jindara Woodheating Tilga / Grange Range

3.3  (11)
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Gippslander
Gippslander
  Grange Freestanding
Pacific Energy Neo 1.6

Pacific Energy Neo 1.6

3.6  (9)
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Dane
Dane2 posts
  Verified
Saxon Walnut SXWN07K

Saxon Walnut SXWN07K

2.5  (22)
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Betts n Betts 89
Betts n Betts 89WA
 
Biggest hunk of junkSaxon wood heater is the biggest hunk of junk I have ever bought fill it up with wood glows bright orange, open door you get smoke coming out and filling the room and ashes fall out everytime you open the door. Complaint made to Kalaire referred to Barbeque Galore they are all as useless as a Saxon wood heater. Stay clear... Show details
Quadra-Fire 4300 Millennium

Quadra-Fire 4300 Millennium

3.9  (7)
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$4,150RRP
rick
rickwanganui5 posts
 
Nectre N15 Series

Nectre N15 Series

4.6  (5)
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$1,449RRP
Mark
MarkTAS
  Legs
Mr Stoves Vogue Navara

Mr Stoves Vogue Navara

5.0  (4)
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$2,895RRP
clrider
clrider
 
perfect for our needsEasy to light
We have a very large open plan room and the heater warms the whole room perfectly. Show details
Mr Stoves Vogue Pintel Deluxe

Mr Stoves Vogue Pintel Deluxe

5.0  (4)
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$2,495RRP
Jen J
Jen JQLD5 posts
 
So happy with this fireplaceCould not be happier with our Vogue Pintel fireplace. We put off installing one for years and now wish we had done it many years sooner. We especially love the ash drawer - super handy! Installation was also great. Highly recommend! Show details
True North TN10

True North TN10

3.4  (7)
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$1,899RRP
bill m.
bill m.VIC
 
Brilliant heater.had it for 6 years. Very efficient. Burns over night.good value. Must be good Steel.as no flakingBest I have ever had
Takes a big 20 inch log.
Can't fault it. Glass always stays clean. Show details
Kent Calisto

Kent Calisto

2.3  (15)
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$2,395RRP
Gayle S.
Gayle S.NSW2 posts
  Medium
Nectre Bakers Oven

Nectre Bakers Oven

4.0  (5)
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Helen
HelenSA2 posts
 
Heatilator WS22

Heatilator WS22

4.3  (4)
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$3,145RRP
Tom
TomACT4 posts
 
Nectre Mk1 Series

Nectre Mk1 Series

3.0  (7)
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$2,149RRP
Toerag
ToeragVIC5 posts
  Pedestal
Norseman Nevada Wood Heater GHNV19K

Norseman Nevada Wood Heater GHNV19K

3.2  (5)
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Steve
Steve
 
Wouldn't choose anything elseProbably the best fireplace I've ever used! Retains heat all night long hardly uses any wood! Feels like a sauna everytime I fire it up! Heats up 4 bedroom house with ease! Highly recommend! (Go the Norseman) Show details
Eureka Freestanding Selection Series

Eureka Freestanding Selection Series

2.0  (12)
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Bronwyn A.
Bronwyn A.NSW
  Ruby
Eureka Woodheating
Eureka Woodheating   DM   
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Pivot Stove & Heating Yunca Monte

Pivot Stove & Heating Yunca Monte

4.0  (3)
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Paul M.
Paul M.VIC
 
Yunca monteI have a yunca monte at my home in Kyneton ,(purchased off Pivot)great fire connected to a wetback,starts well and is the best burner,tassie guy try starting with door open or check you flue height above roof line, I also have a melb home with a woodsman Flare ( both great Nz heaters and no pros there  Show details
Regency Renmark

Regency Renmark

4.0  (3)
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$2,099RRP
Ben
Ben
 
Scandia Helix

Scandia Helix

2.3  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,249
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Murat C.
Murat C.2 posts
 
customer service poor no reply back from grahamthe quality not there heater about to burn it self out made out of thin metal, start opening up, not safe even they short changed on welding Show details
Scandia
Scandia   DM   
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Blaze B9 Series

Blaze B9 Series

2.1  (8)
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Greg
GregVIC
  B900
We love our Blaze B905I would totally recommend this wood fire. It throws out so much heat, burns the wood perfectly and it looks fantastic. Couldn’t fault it at all. Show details ·  1
Nectre Mega

Nectre Mega

5.0  (2)
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$3,149RRP
Matt
MattVIC
  Pedestal
No regretsThis heats our 2 story house with ease. It chokes well overnight, and retains it’s heat very well. Pedestal fan is getting a little noisy now, but I guess expected. Bought it 11 years ago, and still love it. Show details ·  1

A freestanding wood heater in a lounge room.

Types of wood heaters

Convection wood heaters • See all

Convection wood heaters have air cavities around the exterior of the firebox and a decorative outer casing. Heat is drawn in from the floor and pumped back into the room, with hot air rising and colder air being pushed into the heater.

Pros
Suited to well-insulated homes with an open-plan and average ceiling heights.
Great if you want a constant temperature throughout a room.
Cons
Warm up slower than radiant heaters.

Radiant wood heaters • See all

Radiant wood heaters work by releasing heat directly from their outer surface onto their surrounds, resulting in a more intense and localised heat. This means that the closer you are to the heater, the more warmth you’ll feel, because heat is transferred directly to the people and things in the room without raising the whole room’s temperature.

Pros
Better suited to homes with less insulation, as heat doesnt rise as much with these heaters.
Also better suited to homes with high ceilings and distinct living areas separated by a wall.
Cons
You’ll need to make sure combustibles aren’t too close to the heater, which may require a bit more organisation of your room.

Wood pellet heaters • See all

Wood pellet heaters use pellets instead of firewood, with pellets being made from dense. recycled sawdust. They generate a constant heat output.

Pros
Suitable for small to medium-sized rooms.
Energy efficient.
Convenient, as you don’t have to split and stack wood.
More environmentally friendly than heaters that use firewood.
Cons
Not as effective as heating larger areas than firewood heaters.

Should I get a freestanding wood heater or an in-built wood heater?

One choice you’ll have to make is whether to get a freestanding or in-built heater.

Freestanding wood heaters are great options for those who don’t have a regular fireplace, or who want a central heating source in an open plan area.

You have a bit of freedom with where to place it: you could place it against a wall, to resemble a conventional fireplace, in a corner, or in a purpose-built area. They’re a great option for those looking to retro-fit their heater into an established room.

In-built wood heaters are a bit more involved, but the finished look is sleek, seamless, and completely worth it. The finished look is an indoor wood heater that sits flush with the wall.

You’ll need to construct a made-to-measure stone or non-combustible cavity and a hearth, keeping in mind that they have to meet Australian standards. Because of the work involved in creating an in-built heater, it’s easiest to do as part of a whole renovation.

What to consider when choosing a wood heater

Size

You should ensure you buy the correct sized heater for your home. A heater with a firebox that’s too small may mean you have to constantly add wood to it, or need another heating source to heat your entire home. Get a heater that’s too big, and you may have excessive heat, cause a build-up of creosote (which is hard to clean) and overuse your logs. Plus, it may possibly be dangerous to use.

As a rough guide:

  • A small wood heater can heat up to around 15m².
  • A medium-sized wood heater can heat up to around 20m².
  • A large wood heater can heat up to around 30m².

However, you should consult the manufacturer to check whether the size of a wood heater is suitable for your home.

Your home

Make sure you correctly measure the area of the rooms you want heated, as well as the height of the ceilings. The level of insulation your house has will also affect your heating requirements.

You also want to think about the space and layout of your home. Usually, the more central the heater can be located, the better. If your home has multiple storeys, it’s recommended to install the wood heater on the bottom floor so that the hot air moves around your home.

Construction materials

Popular materials used to construct wood heaters include steel and cast iron.

Steel:

  • Highly durable.
  • Heats up and cools down faster.
  • Cheaper to make.
  • Lightweight, which makes it easy to transport, install, and handle.
  • Suitable for placement closer to walls.
  • Don’t require much maintenance.
  • Offered in a range of colours.

Cast iron:

  • Offers even, long lasting heat with less change in temperature.
  • Takes longer to heat up.
  • Typically more expensive to purchase because it’s more complicated to build.
  • May need more maintenance than steel.
  • Offers a more traditional aesthetic.

Design

Are you looking for a sleek, modern aesthetic, or are you after a more traditional look? The style of your heater will probably play a role in deciding which model is right for you. As mentioned above, steel wood heaters are offered in a range of colours and can be made to be more sleek, while cast iron heaters usually suit those with more of a traditional home.

Features

Some wood heaters have features that can make them easier to use, easier to clean, or more energy efficient. Here are a few you might come across.

  • Cooking stove: Some wood heaters double as a wood burning stove, with some even having accessories like a grill or a pizza insert.
  • Ash disposal system: This makes it easier to get rid of ash from the firebox.
  • Hot water boiler: A few models provide the option to have a domestic hot water boiler fitted to the wood heater.
  • Wood storage: This is usually a built-in nook below, behind, or to the side of the firebox that lets you store your firewood.
  • Fan: A fan helps move hot air around, with different heaters offering different levels of fan speeds.

Price

The cost of wood heaters varies greatly depending on the type of heater, its construction, and its features. They usually start at around $900 and can cost over $5000, however on average are priced between $1500 to $3000.

What are the Australian standards for installing wood heaters?

Not all wood burning heaters are the same. When shopping, either online or in person, check that the heater you want to buy complies with the Australian standards AS/NZS 4012, 4013 and 2918.

Heaters that adhere to these standards are designed for Australian conditions and firewood. These standards outline things like the minimum flue height, which must be 4.6m above the floor that the wood heater is on, as well as efficiency and safety guidelines.

It’s recommended to use the services of a professional to install your wood heater.

Maintenance tips for wood heaters

This isn’t a complete maintenance guide, but it’s important to know the basics before deciding whether or not to buy a wood heater.

Before wood-burning season:

  • Ensure the heater and flue are clean.
  • Organise a chimney sweep if needed.

During wood-burning season:

  • Ensure the wood you burn is dry.
  • Clean soot off glass with newspaper, or if needed, a scrubbing brush and warm soapy water.
  • Remove ash from the firebox and around the heater when it has cooled down.

The bottom line

Choosing an efficient heater for your home means more effective heating, less cash spent on wood, less time sourcing and hauling wood, and better air quality in your home. Consider your options and your home’s heating needs so that you can find a wood fire heater that’s right for you.

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