We’ve calculated the rates charged for different ways of heating your home. In the past our calculations have included fixed charges such as connection fees, annual rentals for larger LPG cylinders, and the per-day charges that used to be known as “line charges”.This year we’ve decided to exclude these fixed charges because the energy supplied may also be used for cooking – and also because virtually all Kiwi households have to pay a fixed daily charge for the electricity that provides their lighting.
Costs are for providing one kilowatt of heat per hour. They do not include fixed charges (see below). Firewood is pine and its costs are from our November 2012 survey of firewood prices. Electricity and natural gas prices are from Powerswitch. Other costs are from pricing data collected during February 2013. GST is included.
Good things always come in pairs, so we deliver a Home Pack of two 45kg bottles to your place. Most gas appliances can be connected to our bottles, mounted to the outside of your house. Each gas installation needs a gas fitting certificate issued by a craftsman gasfitter before the gas can be turned on and is available for use.
When one gas bottle empties, your regulator should automatically switch to the next bottle. Give us a bell or order onlinewhen that happens and we’ll replace the empty bottle toot sweet.
Click here to see legal minimum clearances required when positioning two 45kg Contact Rockgas LPG bottles.
If you think bottled gas might be a go, it's important that you choose a good site for your setup. We can help you do this as well as recommend a certified gasfitter. Also, you need to ensure that your site is able to support the regular delivery of our 45kg gas bottles before ordering bottled gas. Click here to see the few safety non-negotiables you'll need to consider.
There are many factors to consider when installing a Metro wood fire in your home and ensuring you select the correct size and model for your home and heating requirements is key. The right Metro wood fire with correct operation and good dry fuel will provide you years of warmth and trouble-free heating.
If your property ‘land size’ is less than 2 hectares, you can only install a clean air model. If your property ‘land size’ is 2 hectares or greater, you can choose to install either a dedicated LTD (rural) model or a clean air approved model.
The National Environmental Standard permits a maximum of 1.5 grams of particulates per kilogram of fuel burnt with a minimum heating efficiency of 65%. Some councils have more stringent emission requirements than this. For example, Central Otago Air Shed 1 is restricted to 0.7 grams and Canterbury is restricted to 1 gram.
Choosing the correct sized Metro fire for the space you are wanting to heat is very important. A model that is too large for the space you are heating will have to be turned down, which reduces efficiency, creates more emissions and produces contaminants (unburnt) which can damage the firebox and flue system.
Measure the area (m2) you wish to heat and compare it to the heating area icon shown with each model. Homes with a high stud, lack of insulation or the installation of a wetback or heat transfer system may require more heating capacity. Your Metro specialist or installer can provide further assistance in choosing the best size Metro fire.
The location of your fire will determine how well it heats your home. Your Metro fire can be freestanding, insert or built-in. Determine the best location for your fire to ensure the specified clearances, floor protector requirements, flue installation, and optimum heat distribution are achieved. Your Metro specialist or certified installer will be more than happy to visit your home and advise on the best model and installation location for your home heating needs.
We recommend your Metro fire should always be installed by a registered or approved installer and must be installed to the manufacturers’ detailed specifications. Your Metro specialist or certified installer can also help manage the council permit process from consent application through to completed installation.
The chimney may need to be swept. If the chimney has been swept and the fire is smoking, check that the sweep has reassemblied the flue system and fire correctly. Check that the Cowl and Bird protection is clean and clear. Check that the flue is not obstructed, eg. bird nest or other obstruction. Check that the Fires Damper is fully open. Make sure you have enough flue for the correct up-draft (draw) ofthe fire. If you have made alterations to the home or there has been further development in the area, eg new home or increase in nearby tree height, this can effect the up-draft of the fire. Make sure you are producing enough heat ro get the firebox and gather hot, if not the fire will not draw properly and smoke will issue into the room.
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