When it comes to installing a new fireplace, there's one major difference between putting in wood or gas. That difference is council consent — one needs it and the other doesn't.
A building consent is required for all wood burner fires and a Code Compliance certificate is issued after the completed installation is inspected.
Gas fires, on the other hand, do not require consent. This is because, instead of being consented by the local council, gas fires are certified by gas fitters, who are trained for their role and take full responsibility for installation. With the process being prescribed by the Gas Code, the council sees no reason to get involved.
While a gas fire installation, unlike a wood fire installation, doesn't require council consent, the process is still very closely monitored. Once a gasfitter has installed a gas fire, they will issue the homeowner with a Code Compliance certificate for the work. Getting the installation right is extremely important as it means the home is safe, as well as warm.
Stoke Fireplace Studio offers a large selection of both wood and gas fire brands from around the world. Their Escea gas fireplaces are efficient, well-designed and offer flexible installation options, meaning flues can run through walls, ceilings or under the floor.
For more information on New Zealand gas fitters, visit the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board website.