What is the difference between a Euro Fireplace and
conventional wood heaters?
A Euro Fireplace is a combination radiant and natural convection heater (no fan required), which may utilise Heat Bank, Vermiculite Linings, fresh air intake and a primary and secondary air control system (depending on the model) to give you more heat for less wood.
Is a Euro Fireplace suitable for any house?
Euro Fireplaces are suitable for all homes with basic insulation and few air leaks, where it is possible to install a flue to Australian standards (this may not be possible some
multi-storey situations. A natural convection wood heater may be unsuitable for older, poorly insulated homes with gaps and air leaks present. If the house is leaky at floor level (gaps under doors) and those leaks cannot be covered then a fan forced heater may be a better option.
It is, however, good sense to address gaps at floor level regardless of the heater. Leaks at ceiling level are an issue whether the heater is fan forced or natural convection
as the warm air created by the heater can be lost.
How can less wood possibly mean more heat?
Every aspect of the design of a Euro Fireplace is geared towards effective heat transfer from inside the firebox to inside your home. You will burn less wood because you are producing less Kilowatts but transferring the kilowatts that you DO create much more effectively.
Doesn’t Europe use a different kind of wood?
Europe’s firewood is mostly beech, a type of hardwood. It is a misconception that Europeans use pine as firewood. Although beech is not as hard as some Australian
hardwood like River Red Gum, the most important aspects of firewood are dryness and size. Wood with high moisture content will not provide a hot burn and larger (thicker) logs will need primary air to combust properly which will result in heat loss through the flue and poor coal retention. Euro Fireplaces are optimised for Australian wood and heating conditions.