Having the best of both worlds isn’t always possible with home heating; we tend to go one way or the other – towards the simplicity and instant warmth of heat pumps, or favour the traditional ambience of a woodburner.

Times are changing in that respect though, with more homeowners looking for a flexible home heating solution incorporating natural ambience as well as ease of use, and that’s where Broady’sJohn Lintott says the market is heading.

“We’re seeing people favouring new styles of wood burner and embracing contemporary design while also continuing to utilise the heat pump or gas heating,” John says.

“People appreciate heat pumps in particular for their ease of use. Particularly in the mornings, it’s common to want to simply flick a switch when you’re in a hurry and have instant heating. It’s in the evenings when people have more time that they’re wanting to integrate woodburners into their heating and enjoy the dry, non drafty heat they provide.”

Woodburners are no longer simply the traditional rectangular boxes we know so well. A new verticality has come into being, derived from contemporary European design, and with it, the ability for woodburners to fit into much smaller spaces than was previously possible.

Vertical fires have a fresh, contemporary feel about them and they offer a very different flame pattern to traditional rectangular fires,” John says. “Because flames rise, you get this really cool climbing aesthetic with high flames moving over vertically stacked wood.”

Vertical woodburners provide a new aesthetic, one that fits seamlessly into a contemporary exterior, but also within existing brick fireplaces or more traditional homes.

“One thing we’ve noticed is the misconception that woodburners have been banned, which is simply not the case.

People don’t understand that they just need to meet clean air emission standards, which all of our fires do. There are hundreds of options to choose from and as technology develops, that will only increase.”

One particular model that was launched by Broady’s in June represents the aesthetic – and heat output – values of the contemporary fire. Known as the N65, it was designed by Australian fire manufacturer Nectre. “It’s a beautifully compact burner that’s powerful enough to heat around 140m2 of living area.”

Modern woodburners aren’t just moving in a vertical direction though; new colour ranges are emerging allowing homeowners to integrate a fire into an existing decor. “People are also looking at the woodburner as a design object, something that features prominently in their living area but which isn’t used for long periods of the year, so they’re favouring detailing and elements that effectively turn the burner into a visual feature that becomes part of the furniture in periods where it isn’t required.”

Broady’s was established in New Zealand in 1885 and remains a New Zealand-owned and run business specialising in cookers, woodstoves and fireplaces.

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