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; enviroheat.net.au. RIGHT ‘Simplicity’ 1500 gas fireplace (including flue), from $8636, Real Flame; realflame.com.au. OPPOSITE ‘Angelina’ fire pit, $1200-$1650, Robert Plum; robertplum.com.au.