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Wood-pel­let fire­places are an ef­fi­cient al­ter­na­tive to wood­burn­ers as they use an eco-friendly mix of tim­ber and agri­cul­tural waste. “Good-qual­ity pel­let heaters have an ef­fi­ciency of about 90 per cent. This refers to their abil­ity to turn en­ergy in the fuel into heat, which is higher than al­most all log-burn­ers and equiv­a­lent to a gas heater with a six-star en­ergy rat­ing,” says Amos Bruce, sales man­ager at En­vi­roHeat Aus­tralia. “Pel­let heaters have the char­ac­ter­is­tics and am­bi­ence of a wood-burn­ing fire, with­out the mess, fuss or smoke.” A wood-pel­let fire can heat any­thing from a sin­gle room to a whole house. Prices start from about $3000, and the pel­lets cost $8-12 per 15kg bag (the av­er­age user goes through ap­prox­i­mately 50 bags of pel­lets per year, says Bruce).

ABOVE Palazzetti ‘Ecofire Malu 8’ wood-pel­let fire­place, $3290, En­vi­roHeat; en­vi­ RIGHT ‘Simplicity’ 1500 gas fire­place (in­clud­ing flue), from $8636, Real Flame; re­ OP­PO­SITE ‘An­gelina’ fire pit, $1200-$1650, Robert Plum; robert­

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