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September 2012

Unique Wood Fires Suit Sustainable Housing Project

The Bosca wood fires are highly efficient heaters that burn a naturally renewable resource. They have a very distinctive shape which makes them ideal for the log homes offered by the Te Huia Eco team.

John Donovan and his partner Sharon researched timber building techniques around the world and came up with a log-framed house suitable for the New Zealand climate and building code. Their 200 m2 Twin Peaks Log Showhome has a very unique natural feel and spectacular views over the Manukau Harbour.

Their buildings are called Te Huia Log Homes after the old Maori name for the area, Te Huia. The whole house is supported by large Douglas fir logs, which are harvested just south of Rotorua and then peeled with drawknives. Even though the house has a rustic look it is fully wired for data, light and sound and is suitable for all the luxuries of the modern world. It is up to the owner to decide how to customise the flexible design of this log structure and how to finish it.

The Bosca Spirit 550 fits well into the corner of the showhome to achieve an effect not possible with a more conventional short and wide wood fire. The Bosca Spirit 550 comfortably heats the whole double-storey house.


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