Metal Roofing

Metal Versus Tile Roofing

There is a reason why a getting a home is called “having a roof over your head”. It is the primary source security since the times of the cavemen before we realised that we can add walls and a touch of style. Nowadays, roofs are made different materials including metal, concrete, and slate. For a long time, concrete roofing tiles were the go to for houses in Australia, but steel and aluminium is gaining ground for various reasons. Metal roofs are commonly referred to as colorbond®, thanks to the different hues and stylings that they come in.



The debate as to which is better between metal and concrete is something that homeowners are faced with. When it comes to cement roofs, concrete or terracotta tiles are what used, although terracotta is more expensive by virtue of the material and the work involved. They are however prettier to look at. Cement tiles are however more appropriate for colder environments. Metal roofing are however regarded as excellent value for dollars spent, without compromising on longevity. This is the biggest selling point of metal roofs since they cost almost half as much per square meter to install, as compared to concrete roofs. Here are a few comparisons between the two to help you decide what is best for you.




When it comes to design, concrete has been touted as the king of roofing. It has evolved over time to create some amazing looks, to include flat roofs, big barrel tiles and other designs that have dimension, texture, and character. They are also very versatile when it comes to colour, with a range of blends of hues to add to the aesthetics of your home. Concrete tile roofs are also give you the flexibility of changing how the colour scheme and the accents of the entire structure looks, thereby letting you change it from contemporary to modern and anything in between at the drop of a hat.

Metal roofs on the other hand have come a long way when it comes to design. You get a choice of various textures and finishes to work with any kind of structure. In comparison to concrete, you have a better design freedom with metal roofs. They are able to mimic any design you want, including asphalt shingles, slate, and even wood shakes. The colour options have also come a long way, offering you as wide a range of colours as anything in the market today.


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Both these materials exhibit outstanding longevity, although concrete takes the bet here. With proper care, they are known to last for about 50 years. This is however dependent on the quality of both the concrete used and the quality of installation. Improper installation could lead to cracks in the tiles, failures of the nails or fasteners, flashings that are not line, and in some cases, leaking in the valleys.

Metal roofs on the other hand last between 30 and 45 years for steel and aluminium, although certain metal roofing material such as copper can last for up to 100 years. Copper roofing is however very expensive in comparison to steel and aluminium. This difference is created by the fact that as much as they are durable, steel and aluminium are more prone to being affected by weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind, and fluctuations in temperature. Wind for instance is particularly detrimental to the colour flakes in the metal. It can however withstand wind speeds of 140 miles

Metal roofs are however classified with excellent rife rating, since by virtue of the material, they are resistant to fire. This means that insurance premiums on your home will be lessened, and having a metal roof is desirable for areas where bush fires are a probability.




Concrete tiles require little maintenance over time. All you have to do is be on the lookout for broken or crumbling tiles. It is however a bit more expensive to repair, especially in the event of a proper trauma. In the event that a tree branch has fallen on your roof, it would be a lot more cost effective to carry out repairs to a metal roof. They should also be cleaned regularly to remove debris and patch cracks, which can quickly spread and destroy the roofs. With metal, the roof maintenance is more minimal. In fact, most of what you will be required to do is to apply a fresh coat of paint periodically to keep it from fading. With metal roofs, the repair requires that you replace an entire panel.



Energy Efficiency And Heating

Concrete is a better insulating material than metal. This means that if you live in an area that experiences extreme cold or extreme heat, then this is the material you need at the top pf your house. With metal, a lot ranges on the thickness of the panels, with thicker panels being able to handle temperature changes better.

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Wood heaters are a popular heating solution in many homes in Australia. However, these heating fixtures can be dangerous if not installed and operated well. Wood heaters run at extremely high temperatures and where there is a fire there is a need for strict safety measures. Fire departments give out recommendations on the installation and use of wood heaters to prevent any disastrous events like house fires. Interior designers are also aware of these regulations and manufacturers of wood heaters often indicate safety regulations on their products. Here are a few safety tips for operating your heater.

Maintain Distance From The Surrounding

Local fire departments have clearance requirements on the installation of wood heaters. A safe distance must exist between the top, bottom, sides, front and back of the stove and all combustible materials. 3 feet is the most common recommended distance between wood heaters and drapes, furniture and other items. This fire safety code prevents items in your living space from catching fire from the heater. Highly combustible items should be placed far from the heater to prevent any accidents. The installation of a heat shield along the combustible wall reduces the clearance distance recommended by the fire safety code.

Only Burn Seasoned, Dry Wood

The best wood fuel for a wood heater is dry wood that has been seasoned for at least 6 months. This type of wood burns quicker and brighter. Moreover, dry wood reduces the formation of creosote, a highly inflammable by-product of incomplete firewood combustion. This by-product forms in the chimney and can increase the likelihood of a fire. Wet or unseasoned wood forms a lot of creosote which is dangerous. Moreover, the wood burns slowly and gives off less heat. Dry, seasoned wood can be purchased but if you have the time and skill you can prepare the wood yourself.


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Only Light Small Fires

Small fires are more manageable than big fires. Wood heaters are efficient at generating heat, therefore, there is no need to have big fires for more heat. Small, bright fires are good enough to warm up any living space since they combust fully. Big piles of wood undergo incomplete burning and result in overheating of the fireplace and chimney. The uncontrollable temperatures are dangerous and can cause house fires. Most wood heaters have a specified capacity for wood fuel. That capacity is sufficient for effective heating of any space.

Clean And Inspect Your Ventilation System

Most stove-related fires originate within the ventilation system. A wood heater ventilation system consists of insulated stovepipes that connect to the chimney. The build of the system has precise dimensions to prevent any fires. The stovepipes must be as short as possible with a maximum of 2 right angle elbows. Regular cleaning of this system is recommended to facilitate its functioning. A wire brush should be used to clean the stovepipe and the chimney at least once a year. Heavy materials like bricks, chains or a brush at the end of a rope should not be used to clean the chimney. They can cause grave damages to the interior lining of the chimney. A licensed chimney sweep should be called in to inspect and clean your chimney. The maintenance of the ventilation system is crucial since it removes any soot and creosote formation.



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Keep Children And Pets Away

Children are very curious, and they are likely to be intrigued by the dancing flames in a wood heater. If you have children in the house, never leave the fireplace unsupervised. Children and pets must be kept a safe distance away from a wood heater to avoid any accidents. A safety gate around the wood heater is effective at maintaining a boundary but if your heater has safety doors, it’s prudent to keep them shut.

Use The Right Fuel

Wood heaters use wood fuel and nothing else. Do not burn paper or trash in your wood heater. Although these items combust fast, they are dangerous and can cause uncontrollable fires. Moreover, paper and trash have toxic by-products that can cause health-related problems. Some items we throw in the trash are also highly flammable. When thrown a wood heater, the results may be fatal.

Other Tips

You should store your wood outdoors, neatly stacked off the ground and covered at the top. This prevents the wood from getting wet. When you are setting up a wood fire, use clean newspaper and dry kindling to start the flame. Let the fire burn down to coals then rake the coals towards the door of the wood burner. Add at least three pieces of wood each time you reload your burner and regularly remove ashes from the wood stove into a covered metal container. A smoke and fire detection system should also be installed in your house to guarantee fire safety.

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If you have ever had to survive an entire night in a cold room during winter, then you understand the importance of investing in some form of heating. When dealing with smaller rooms in a cosy house, it could be as easy as getting a space heater, a bunch of warm clothes, and maybe a heavy fleece blanket. It is in larger spaces that exceed 14o square metres that it gets tricky. This is where you need to pull out all the stops, to make sure you stay warm and toasty throughout. To help you get started, here are a few ideas of what you need to do.

Get Yourself A Proper Heater

This will be your most important investment when it comes to fighting the cold. To ensure you get the best heater for your home, there are a few things you need to look, one of which is the heat dispersal method. Home heaters come with either radiation heating, convection heating, or a mix of both. Radiation heating is transferred through electromagnetic waves, which means you would have to be pretty close to the source for it to work. This makes this type of heating unfit for larger spaces. Convection furnaces on the other hand heat the air around them rather than the objects, making them achieve higher air temperature across the room a lot quicker in comparison. The sweet spot is getting one that incorporates both radiant and convection heating, something that is a bit hard to find, unless you are working with one of those high end heaters. The compromise would be to get a radiant heater with fans, which will blow warm air over a greater area such as the Lopi 564HO GS2. This option also works even in rooms that have high ceilings.

Another thing you need to consider when getting a heater is the capacity of heating. This will largely depend on the size of your home, so you should know the approximate size of your home. The type of heating should also factor here, since wood typically tends to burn hotter than gas, all factors remaining constant. A gas heater is however easier to set up since it does not require a chimney to work. The Regency 900L, for instance, is an inbuilt gas heaters that comes with a multi speed fan to help disperse the radiant heat over a larger area. Having been built to heat large rooms, it is capable of heating an area of between 200 and 245 metres squared if space. The output d however dependent on the type of fuel, with the natural gas model giving you 7.8KW while the LPG version gives you 6.3KW.

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Insulate Your Home

With large spaces, getting the right heater is half the work. The next step is to insulate your home; it makes no sense to have all this heat and lose it through cracks in your home. There are various ways to protect you home from heat loss, with most of them involving the various places of egress into your home. The windows and doors are where most of the heat is lost. Start with doors, by fixing draught excluders on all the outside facing doors, particularly in the kitchen and living room. These are sealant strips that can be easily bought at a hardware store and the application does not require any previous training; in fact it is just like applying sticky tape.

The next step is to work on the windows. Check it for cracks and crevices, which are how most of the heat in the house will be lost. The process does not require any specialised equipment; all you need to do is use the back of your hand to check for, and identify weak points in the framing of the panes. You should then use putty to fill these gaps and stop the draught from coming in. Some attention should be paid to the attic or the loft. Studies have shown that insulating your loft could save you up to a tonne of carbon dioxide a year, making this one of the best energy saving options. This is an inexpensive endeavour requiring just glue and fibreglass wool.

Invest In Curtains And Rugs

Having thick curtains on your windows during winter is one of the ways to increase the efficiency of your heating system. This works best in large spaces, especially in tandem with proper insulation. The heavy curtains help you reduce the heat reaching the windows in the first place, while at the same time keeping the cold temperatures from the outside from reaching your home. You should also invest in heavy rugs, especially for the areas in the house that have heavy traffic such as bedrooms and the living room. The rugs help insulate from the cold coming through the floor while sealing any spaces that would be in your floor boards.


Traditional Style Heaters


Having a fireplace in the bedroom is a trend that is quickly catching on in Sydney. It not only comes in handy when the temperatures drop during winter, it is great for setting the mood during a romantic evening with your partner. When shopping for fireplaces, consider the size of your bedroom and what sort of hearth would work in it. It does not make sense to have a huge fireplace that leaves your bedroom too hot to sleep in, even at the lowest setting.

A bedroom fireplace requires specific characteristics that may be less crucial in the rest of house. Other than size, you also have to look at efficiency and output. Make sure the air quality in your bedroom remains clean if you are using wood, and that the output is designed for a single room. Among the heaters available in the market, Lopi has quite a range of options that work in your master bedroom. Here are the some of the most popular ones.


Lopi 564 GS2 Clean Face Inbuilt Gas Fireplace

This heater is specifically designed for smaller rooms and enclosed spaces, making it ideal for the bedroom. The lowered heat output, together with the large viewing panel position this as a favourite for people who like a cosy bedside fire all year round. The beauty and detail in the log set and the warm glowing fire work to accentuate the romance of the room. The 564 GS2 comes with a standard fan and a remote control to let you choose the amount of heat you want. You also get accent lights that go with the mood. It’s capable of heating up to 90 square metres of space.


Lopi Republic 1250 Freestanding Wood Fireplace

This stove lets you bring the rustic beauty of an authentic wood fire to the comforts of your master bedroom. The republic 1250 is designed to look good, heat evenly, and fit within the budgets of most people. Made in the USA, this heater comprises heavy duty steel and comes with a full-lined ceramic brick firebox. The large radiant heat transfer surfaces are capable of spreading warmth for up to 160 square metres, depending on the amount of wood being burned. It has an 8 hour burn time, with 72% efficiency.


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Lopi Radiant Plus Small Gas Fireplace Insert

With this fireplace, Lopi played around with the design to allow it to fit perfectly into your existing old-world hearth, and convert it into a contemporary heater. It is small and versatile enough to fit into chimneys while still maintaining its functionality, heating up to 80 square metres. The Radiant Plus small comes with a variable fan to control heat dispersal.

It also has electronic ignition, with an optional pilot mode, which makes starting it up very easy. The direct vent sealed flue system makes this heater ideal for bedroom installation, and the dancing fyre log burner gives it a very realistic feel.  Other optional extras include different face finishes and a remote control. It is important to note that the Radiant Plus Small is designed to only fit in brick chimneys.


Lopi DVS GS2 Inbuilt Gas Fireplace

This is a small direct vent insert that is designed to convert your inefficient fireplace into a modern source of gas heat that you can rely on. It comes with a combination of three types of heat namely convective, radiant, and reduced depth dimension. This is what makes this fireplace insert perfect for both small and medium-sized masonry fireplaces. It is capable of heating up to 140 square metres and comes with a remote control which allows you to work with various settings. The Ember-Fyre burner gives out an authentic looking log fire that will definitely be at home in your master bedroom, easily contributing to the ambience. This insert can be personalised for any room’s décor, with 9 face and door options to choose from.


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Lopi ProBuilder 42 Linear Gas Fireplace

This is the smallest fireplace in the Probuilder line up but is still capable of heating up to 100 square metres of space. It is considered an entry level fireplace, but still comes with all the bells and whistles that are associated with Lopi products. This includes GreenSmart 2 technology, a tempered glass window, and quiet 90CFM fans. Other exceptional features include easy access gas controls and the ability to work even during a power outage. The heavy gauge steel construction makes this a very durable hearth.

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Make a Statement With These Stylish Fireplaces
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You may not be aware of it, but your fireplace is central to your home décor. If you have a separate TV room and use your living room for entertaining, then your fireplace essentially replaces the TV as the area of focus. It keeps everyone warm, but it’s also soothing to stare into the fire during lulls in conversation, or even at the height of it. After all raw flames seem to ignite – and pacify – something deep, sensual, and primal in all of us.

Even if you have electronics in your living space, your fireplace can still become a key area of interest. It can set the decorative tone for your whole space, and if you use it right, you can make a real mark. Of course the style of décor will depend on the type of fireplace you’ve installed. If you have a hearth or mantelpiece, it requires a divergent approach from a flush in-built that doesn’t protrude from the wall.

For this reason, your decorating decisions begin way back, when you’re purchasing your fireplace. As you shop, don’t just think about artificial media, automatic thermostats, and remote controlled options. Think about the exteriors. Are you going for a particular theme, or does your current décor lean towards a specific colour? This can be helpful if your fireplace is available in multiple finishes.


Modern fashions lean towards minimalism, clean lines, sharp angles, and glossy finishes. Pick a furnace that has clear glass pieces or metallic tones. In-builts – with their large viewing panels – are good for the modern home. Instead of driftwood or logs, opt for crushed glass or ceramic coals as burning media, because they’re more current and tech-oriented.

Buy a fireplace that has an edgeless or frameless fascia. It’s the fireplace equivalent of an infinity pool, where there’s no clear marker between the firebox and the wall. Often, the door isn’t visible, so it gives a clean, undisrupted finish. If you want to build a ‘fire spot’ around the in-built, use chairs with metallic tones, such as steel feet or shiny tufted buttons. You can also use chrome seats and glass-topped stools.

Because the main appeal of in-builts is leaving your room open, you could choose to keep it roomy. Instead of placing large pieces of furniture near the fireplace, stack throw pillows or foldable canvas seats nearby. Lay a comfy rug next to the fire, then residents and guests can simply place a seat near the glass when they want to warm up. When they’re done, they can put away their cushion or pouf, leaving the area spacious and uncluttered.


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At the other extreme, you could build your decorative theme around a protruding mantel. If your hearth doesn’t already have one, you could buy a fireplace that resembles a mantel. You can also buy a mantel separately and install its shelving above your fireplace, whether they’re in-built Regency gas fireplaces , Regency Wood Heaters or wood-burning Lopi insert stoves. Now you can select your mantel décor to match your style.

You could go simple with potted plants and artificial flowers, or arrange family photos and kids’ art. Another idea – especially if you don’t have cats – is to arrange trinkets. They could be porcelain figurines, troll dolls, scented candles in decorative candle-holders, or kaleidoscopes and bits of shiny metal and glass. Your mantel décor can make an interesting conversation piece, so you could display kids’ trophies or knick-knacks from your travels.

You might even opt to use the mantel as a book shelf, but be careful with this choice. It’s safe if your fireplace is an in-built with protective glass, but for a live hearth, paper and flames in such close proximity … not the best idea. You can put some art above the mantle, in the form of a canvas or print. Or you could place a mirror or inspirational plaque. Mirrors and reflective picture frames are good for making the room seem larger and brighter.

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You Can’t Go Past The Charm Of Inbuilt Fireplaces

Choosing the right fireplace for your home will be determined by your stylistic and practical requirements such as the size of the area you are heating. Also, the amount of floor space available will impact your decision on whether to go for a standalone unit or an inbuilt fireplace. Standalone units look great but can take up space and for those who are short on space, an inbuilt option is probably more practical. However, if you do go for the inbuilt model, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice looks for practicality.


The extensive range of inbuilt fireplaces on the market will enable you to find the perfect heating solution for your home. Inbuilt fireplaces come in a range of shapes, sizes and fuel sources so whether you’re after the more traditional wood fire or the convenience of gas, there is an inbuilt fireplace for you. There a number of beautiful inbuilt fireplaces that will add rustic charm to the living room and provide a nice warm area for your family and friends to congregate in and take shelter from the cold winter. In this blog, we will take a look at some inbuilt fireplaces for your home.



Seguin offers a range of inbuilt fireplaces with a modern twist. These fireplaces have a sleek design and will gel well with a modern home. Seguin also has three-sided models. The three-sided models will allow omnidirectional viewing of the fire. As you sit back in your favourite chair with your favourite drink and find solace in the mesmerizing flames, your Seguin fireplace will keep you toasty warm. Seguin fireplaces are well designed, manufactured to the highest of standards and the extensive range will ensure that you find the perfect fireplace for your home.



Lopi’s inbuilt range is designed with a more traditional aesthetic. The cast iron colouring and the regal design make this the ideal fireplace for those looking for a more traditional appeal. Lopi has been a player in the fireplace game for many years and you can be sure their fireplaces are tried and tested to will stand the test of time. They are brilliantly designed for maximum efficiency and maximum aesthetic appeal. Lopi has won industry awards for their fireplaces and are a go to if you want maximum quality and efficiency.



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Known for their double-sided and triple sided fireplaces, Axis offers a range of beautifully designed fireplaces that offer Omni directional viewing. It’s easy to why Axis fireplaces are an industry leader. Their fireplaces are designed and manufactured to the highest standards and will look great in any home. Although I would say they are more suited to modern homes, even a traditionalist would have a hard time walking past Axis fireplaces.



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The Regency range of inbuilt fireplaces combines modern appeal with traditional stylings and will be a welcome addition to your lounge room.  Designed and built in Canada, Regency are well versed in the art of keeping you warm this winter. They offer a limited lifetime warranty which gives the consumer the confidence that these fireplaces are built tough and built to last. The inbuilt fireplaces at Regency are designed for maximum efficiency and they have a string of features that will keep you cosy and warm this winter.



Not exactly inbuilt heaters, the Bordelet range is what’s known as suspended fireplaces – meaning they are literally suspended from the ceiling of your home. When looking your fireplace, the Bordelet range is definitely worth considering and will add visual appeal to your living area to become the centrepiece of your home. They were designed by famous French designer JC Bordelet and it’s easy to see why they are so popular. They are efficient and look amazing in any home. The Bordelet range is a modern twist with a traditional appeal and like a great piece of art hanging in your living room, it will create an amazing aesthetic that will have your dinner guests complimenting your stylistic decisions.



The decision on whether you want to go gas or wood for your fireplace fuel source will entirely depend on preference. Wood is great for a more traditional approach – collecting the wood, building the fire, and finally lighting. This ritual is fun for the whole family when everyone gets involved. Gas is a simpler convenient solution and your fireplace can be lit with the flick of a switch and heat your home in a matter of minutes. Regardless of your chosen fuel source, an inbuilt fireplace is a great addition to your living area while providing you and your family some much-needed warmth this winter and a place to make precious memories as you all relax around the fireplace while being mesmerized by the tantalising flames.



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Traditional Style Heaters

When it comes time to choosing your home heater, not only do you want something that will keep your family warm and toasty this winter, you also want a heater that will light up the room with its aesthetic and charm. The extensive range of heaters on the market can be a little overwhelming, although will ensure that you will find the perfect heaters for your home. There is a myriad of home heaters in a range of different styles, whether you’re for a more modern approach or something a little more traditional to add some rustic charm. There is a large range of traditionally styled heaters that will complement your home and become the centrepiece of your living room while keeping you nice and warm this winter. In this blog, we will take a look at a few of my favourite traditional style heaters.



Lopi has been a staple in the home heating game for years and their large range of heaters reflects this. Whether you’re after an inbuilt heater or a more traditional stand-alone unit, Lopi has something for you. Lopi fireplaces are constructed and manufactured using the finest materials.  The traditional design will have your lounge room looking great and toasty warm this winter. The particular standouts for in the Lopi range are the standalone units. They have a rustic appeal of a traditional fireplace and have modern features for maximum efficiency.


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Regency gas heaters offer traditionally styled heaters with a modern twist by using gas and are the ideal heating solution for those who want the old-school charm with the convenience of gas. If you’re not too keen on fussing around with collection of wood and lighting a fire, the gas heaters at Regency are an ideal option for you. The standalone units look great and will add to any living room and the gas fuel source makes lighting your fire as easy as flicking a switch and will have your house toasty and warm in a matter of minutes.


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Jotul makes a range of wood fireplaces with a difference. These unique fireplaces will brighten up any living room while offering an efficient heating solution.  They are beautifully designed to stand out from the crowd with their retro and traditional stylings. One of the standout fireplaces from Jotul is the F305 free standing fireplace. The retro-inspired fireplace looks a bit like a television from the 1970’s. The curved body and looking glass paired with its retro white enamel paint will look great in your living room and become the talking point at dinner parties to come.




The Bordelet suspended wood fireplace range is definitely worth a mention. The suspended fireplace is literally suspended from the roof. They are great as a decorative piece with the added bonus of a functionality. They come in an open style so that you can have unobstructed views of the mesmerizing naked flame. This is an amazing design that will look great in modern or traditional styled homes.

Traditionally styled heaters are a great way of turning your living room into a warm and comforting environment for the family to congregate on those cold winter days. They add charm and beauty to your home and will be a welcome addition to the family home. Choosing your home heating solution will depend on the what style you’re looking for. The extensive range of heaters on the market will make shopping for your home heater an easy task. In just a few clicks you can order your home heater and have it delivered within days. Just in time to keep your family nice and warm this winter.



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My Favourite Gas Heaters Of All The Time

Coming home on a cold winters day, ready for some respite from the harsh daily grind, and chilly temperatures is something to look forward to. Unless you’re coming home to frosty bitten tundra and your only salvation is packing on layers and huddling with your dog under the blankets!

A gas heater in your home can remedy all this and will see you coming home to a toasty warm house where the flames flicker and radiate, the glow and warmth seeping out to the delight of all those in the vicinity. It’s hard to choose favourites when it comes to gas heaters as there are some many options available. But with much deliberation and research, I have decided to write this blog and give you a list of my favourite heaters of all time.


The Regency GF900

The Regency range is one of the best brands  out there. Designed beautifully with functionality in mind, they do the job well whilst looking great. This inbuilt model features an extra-large looking glass so you will be sure to enjoy the splendour and marvel of the flames as they lure you in and keep you there, in a state of peace and tranquillity.

Regency also have standalone models for a more rustic charming effect. They look more like a traditional fireplace and are a welcome addition to any lounge room. The standalone fireplace is a great way to add a unique antique charm to your lounge room. The Regency is built for maximum warmth and will be more than enough to heat your largest of rooms.


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The Bordelet Suspended Range

This range is my absolute favourite. The unique approach of a suspended fireplace looks amazing. The flume like exhaust hanging straight from your ceiling has a tendency to intrigue people at first and you will often have to explain what the hell it is. These beautiful unique fireplaces are the ideal indoor heating solution and will become the centre of attention in your home.

Guests will gather and mill around the fireplace, besotted by the open flame as it dances randomly to its own beat. The Bordelet range is open flame, meaning there is no looking glass to impede your view. Full omni-directional heating and viewing make this fireplace my favourite heating option of all time. Like an art piece or fish tank, this stylish and functional heater will complete any living room and enhance the space so it’s cosy, comfortable and inviting.

The beauty of gas heaters is that you’ve no need to keep stockpiling timber. This is can get a bit messy at times and it takes a little more time and effort. Gas heaters are an ideal and convenient option for those who want an instant fire at the flick of a switch. Gas heaters burn cleaner and cut down on emission and won’t leave your house smelling like a bushfire.

Buying and installing a gas heater in your home has never been easier and with a myriad of options out there, there is surely something to suit your home. Heaters have evolved leaps and bounds since the original pot belly and are more efficient, and have many features such as fans and heat control making them a practical and functional option for your heating needs. Not only do they provide heat, but will also add a dynamic visual appeal and a place to congregate in your living room.

Electric heaters are also an option but they are generally not as warm, not as visually appealing, and not as energy efficient. An electric heater can make a useful second addition as a portable heating option to your home, so you can wheel it into a kitchen or bedroom if you’re feeling a touch chilly at times – but gas is definitely better.

These are just a few of my favourite gas heating options. There are so many on the market that look great and do the job of heating your home efficiently. Your best option is to scout around on the net for the perfect home heater that will keep you warm this winter as well look great. Nothing beats sitting around the fire with your favourite glass of wine, soaked in warmth.


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How To Pick The Right Wood Heater For You

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How To Pick The Right Wood Heater For You

When it comes to heating your home, you have the option of choosing electric, gas operated or wood stoves and fireplaces. It is however difficult to replicate the authenticity of a proper wood fireplace with the others.

Over time, wood stoves have come a long way in terms of design. This is in an effort to improve of the aesthetics and efficiency. It has also been prompted by the need to meet newer and more stringent emission regulations. They have minimal ash, require less wood and have a lot less wastage when it comes to heat dispersal around the home. When choosing what sort of wood stove to get for your house, here are some of the things you should consider:


Environmentally Friendly

There are two ways to approach the environmental implications of your wood stove. The first one is in terms of the emissions and waste produced, every time you use it. Wood heaters that meet the Australian certification for emissions should produce not more than 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. This is in line with the internationally accepted standards for emissions, and over time, this could be revised downwards to about 2.0 grams per hour, by the year 2020. Working with an uncertified wood heater could mean that you are adding more than thrice the standard emissions into the atmosphere, since some release between 15 and 30 grams of smoke per hour.

The second consideration is with regards to your neighbours and the people around you. You should consider the height of your flue, to make sure that your combustion waste is disbursed in the correct manner. Your flue should at least be a metre higher than the neighbouring buildings to make sure you do not become a nuisance to your neighbours.


Wood Heater
Wood Heater



Another factor that you need to consider is the type of wood heater, and whether it will work for your home. Generally, there are two types of wood heaters that meet the emission standards internationally. These are non-catalytic and catalytic heaters. Most of the heaters in the market are however non-catalytic, even though the catalytic ones offer a more authentic wood heater feel. They are therefore a bit pricier in this regard.

Catalytic wood heaters are capable of producing a long even heat output, thanks to their working mechanism. The exhaust is passed through a coated honeycomb made from ceramic material, where the smoke gases and fine wood particles burn. This honeycomb degrades over time however and requires to be replaced every once in a while, typically over six months.

Non catalytic wood heaters as the name suggests do not require a catalyst. They instead have three internal characteristics that create the environment for efficient combustion. These are an insulated firebox, a large baffle and preheated combustion air. The baffle produces a longer, hotter flow path while the preheated air is introduced through small holes above the firebox.


Size And Home Design

Your home design should heavily factor in when choosing a wood heater for your home. You should ask yourself a few questions, with regards to the output of the heater. Heat is rated in kilowatts and generally, the size, the amount of glass area and your level of insulation will affect the efficiency of heat distribution in your home. For instance, an 18 square metre home that is well insulated will use almost half the amount of heat compared to a home of the same size, with no insulation.

When choosing a heater, you should also take into account the size of the heater in comparison to your house. Most people make the mistake of picking a bigger heater than hey require, and end up making the room too hot. It is recommended that you get a heater that is optimized for average rather than extreme temperatures.



When choosing a wood heater, always look at the safety angle in correlation to your home. Certain wood heaters would not work in homes with young children, due to their simplicity in design. They get too hot to the touch for instance, which is a recipe for disaster when dealing with young children.  Talk to your retailer to see which of the wood heaters on offer is safe to use for your home.


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