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Stay Warm Every Winter: A Guide to Jetmaster’s Heaters and Fireplaces

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Although Australian winters are considered mild, there are still a few months mid-year when the temperatures drop significantly low, meaning a good heater is still an essential part of every household. But why use a heater just to take the edge off the cold? That seems a waste when, if you look at Jetmaster’s range of heaters and fireplaces, you could have a heater that not only warms the household, but also looks beautiful and gives the room a comfortable and cozy ambience that makes staying indoors through the winter all the more pleasant.

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The Benefits of Burning Wood for Heating

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Burning wood fuel for heating is a tradition that goes back to the times of ancient man. Providing a sense of comfort that is unique and self-sufficient as well as being good for the environment. In this article we look at the environmental and functional benefits of installing a wood fired fireplace, as well as what type of fireplace might be best for you.

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A Guide to Jetmaster’s Outdoor Fireplaces and BBQ


Just because summer is on its way doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Luckily, in Australia we are blessed with a fairly mild winter, and so backyard entertaining can remain a year-round tradition. So whether you want to make the most of the summer months by hosting a barbeque, or you just want to curl up on the back deck during the cooler months, Jetmasters range of barbecues and outdoor fireplaces has something for everyone.

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Emirates One & Only Resorts is one of our many satisfied customers. Tucked away in The Wolgan Valley, each villa boasts a Jetmaster Fireplace.

Imagine a luxurious fine dining experience in your own private villa with a fireplace and plunge pool in a pristine bush land setting.

Use your photographic skills and show us your own stunningly designed Jetmaster Fire for a chance to win a weekend away for two in one of their villas.


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Planning the Perfect Christmas BBQ


Party season is just around the corner and it’ll soon be time to take a break from the mundane and get down to some serious partying with your family and friends. However, playing host during the holiday period can often be hard work, so it makes sense to organise as much as you can in advance. If you’re planning to host an outdoor party this Christmas, here’s our top 12 tips for planning the perfect outdoor Christmas barbecue that will ensure you don’t end up hot and frazzled and that everyone, including you, will have a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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Getting Your BBQ Ready for Summer


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The air’s getting warmer, the wind crisper, and the early Christmas shoppers are already gobbling up the good present deals. Yep, looks like it’s just about summer.

 

The quintessential Aussie summer package isn’t complete without a barbeque. Besides being a picturesque piece of Australia in its own right, it’s the perfect focal point to get friends and family around, get some fresh air on a sweltering summer afternoon, or just to spend time with the friends and family.

 

While a lot of people keep using a BBQ all year around, for those of us who wait till the warm months to fire it up, there’s a little bit of preparation involved to get it ready in time for the first summer steaks.

Check your gas

Before doing anything else, it’s a good idea to check now rather than later for any safety faults that might end up injuring you, or harming your property.

 

Check your fuel line for any obvious holes or patches that might have sprung up over the cold months. If you’ve used the BBQ in the last month, a cursory look will do, but if it’s been a while you’ll want to be more thorough.

 

Wash some soapy water along the length of the hose and across the connectors, then turn on the gas to the extent that you’d usually use it for cooking. If the soap in the water starts bubbling and frothing at the connectors (or on the line somewhere), you’re dealing with a leak, and should either tighten up or replace the offending part (if broken) immediately.

Check your gas level

Now’s also a good time to check your overall propane levels, while you’re at it. You can either do a simple lift-and-weigh measure, or go by this tried and tested hack.

 

  1. Get some hot water in a large cup or vase.
  2. Pour it on the top of the tank so that it trickles down.
  3. Feel where the water stops being warm and suddenly becomes colder to the touch.

The approximate level of coldness is how much propane is left in the tank, as propane takes a lot more than some simple water to get warmed up.

Pick at it

As a final check, get yourself a toothpick or wire cleaner of some kind and clean out the accumulated gunk from your gas tubes and connectors (pipe cleaners can work, but a lot of them are arts-and-crafts versions and tend to break).

Degrease and clean

Now that we know it works, we should make sure that you’ll be able to prepare food on it. Start off by burning on high alone for 3-5 minutes to save yourself some of the trouble of cleaning the grease, then let it cool naturally.

 

Once it’s cold, remove your plates and scrub in soapy water, then rinse and leave to dry.

 

While the plates are drying, use a little more soapy water to wash the exterior and dials of the BBQ; quite often people will be using greasy fingers to turn it off or close the hood straight after cooking, and it can build up over time.

 

At the same time, get a wire brush and scrub your charcoal grills, adding a little hot water to it to displace oil.

 

Once you’ve done that, and the plates are dried, simply put them back on, apply some oil to the plate like you’re about to cook something, and let the oil seep in on a medium heat for 10-20 minutes.

 

Now you’re ready to cook!

Fire it up!

Turn on the BBQ and light the flames, then step back for a second until it’s well and truly heated up.

 

Look at the base and tips of your flame – a flame that’s completely yellow or orange isn’t hot enough, and a completely blue flame is going to end up chargrilling your sausages in a few seconds. Instead, you want a nice blue undertone with yellow and orange tips.

 

If you aren’t getting this, there’s one of two things you can do. Firstly, it might just be a fluke or a connection issue, so a good first check is to disconnect your tank, tube, and valve from each other (turn them all off first!), then reassemble and check your output again.

 

If that doesn’t work, odds are you have a bad port. Replacing your burners isn’t a particularly expensive or time consuming job, and your future barbecues will thank you for it.

Other maintenance

When you’re not using your BBQ, keep it under a tarp at all times so that you don’t end up having to clean it every single time you want to use it.

 

You should go through these steps, even with regular use and spot checks of your BBQ, every 6 months or so. Don’t risk your own safety or your equipment breaking down from neglect.

 

If you use them sparingly, gas bottles tend to live for a very long time. However, anything older than 10 years is a safety hazard and has to be replaced immediately.

Get ready for summer

The holiday season is creeping up upon us so be sure to start early and get your BBQ up and running in time. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be serving up steaks and sausages to your family and guests in no time.

The Ultimate Guide to Adding Resale Value to Your Home


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The time has come for you to sell your home, but did you know you can easily increase its value by a few thousand dollars with some simple changes? Nobody wants to settle for second best, so to have an edge over other competitors having an expert opinion on how to best present your home to buyers is invaluable. There are many ways to add resale value to your home, and the best in the industry have weighed in to give you the ultimate guide.

Guide to Planning an Australia Day BBQ in the Backyard


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The beautiful climate and one-of-a-kind landscape of our sunburnt country is what makes it so unique. And what a better way to celebrate Australia Day than with your family and friends in the great outdoors? An Australia Day barbeque is an ideal way to experience the best of the summer climate, complete with the smell of a sizzling barbecue and surrounded by your favourite people. This year, why not step up the tradition with more than the standard slab and snags affair? With the right food, company and setting, along with our guide to Australia Day fun, you can make January 26 – the anniversary of the first fleet landing – memorable for all the right reasons.


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20 Easy Ways to Reuse Wood Ash


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Feeling a little chilly at night? A wood-burning heater can not only keep you warm on a cold night, it can also provide a cheaper and more efficient way to heat your home as compared to gas or electric heaters. A major challenge you’ll face with a wood furnace, however, is keeping it burning overnight at a reasonable temperature. So here are some tips on how to make a fire burn through the night.

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How to Make a Fire Burn Overnight in a Wood Heater


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If you have a fireplace, you’re probably wondering what to do with all the wood ash left behind. Instead of just throwing it away, surely there are other ways to use wood ash, right? Wood ash contains a variety of minerals such as sodium, sulphur, zinc, iron, etc. that can be used for different purposes in and around the home.

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Wood heaters now help you reach the minimum energy saving target set by BASIX


BASIX’s favourable new rating for wood burning heaters now sees them as the preferred cost-effective solution for making a new building “compliant”. Recent updates to the BASIX on-line rating tool have given wood heaters a superior chance of achieving a BASIX certificate. BASIX, or the Building Sustainability Index, is an integral part of the planning system in NSW, whereby all new dwellings and alterations/additions over $50,000 in NSW must have a BASIX certificate before they can be approved by council.

BASIX is assessed online using the BASIX assessment tool. The tool checks elements of a proposed design against sustainability targets. And within the BASIX tool, the selected house heating system is rated for its greenhouse gas emissions.

This favourable new rating reflects the minimal greenhouse gas emissions produced by wood heating and in fact, wood heaters now achieve a superior score to alternate domestic heating options including 5 star gas heaters, 6 star reverse cycle air conditioners, and even ground source heat pumps.

Anyone wanting to build or renovate should seriously consider wood heating. Besides the unrivalled charm and warmth of a wood fire, wood heaters will now help them reach the minimum energy saving target set by BASIX.

Whether you are concerned by compliance or a sustainable future for all, or hopefully both, wood heaters are the obvious choice all round.

The Heat Content of Australian Firewoods


As the weather gets colder, it’s essential to keep ourselves warm and comfortable. What better way to do that than to build a fire for those cold winter nights, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor fireplace. But before you go and buy firewood, we’ve compiled a list of the different types of Australian firewoods and their heating properties to help you make a more informed decision and find the right firewood for you.

Jetmaster Heat & Glo Mezzo


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This winter Australians have welcomed the Mezzo, a glorious fireplace boasting the most realistic flame patterns, LED lighting and heat zone technology. It’s elegant, clean, discreet and luxurious and it answers people’s needs for a gas fire with stunning aesthetic appeal and a truly efficient heating unit. You will fall in love with the long linear shape with a minimal & clean fascia, and this new Mezzo range is an industry first where you don’t have to choose between looks and heating performance.


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Outdoor Entertaining Tips for Winter Nights


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One of the great joys of life is setting the table in the garden and sharing a long, leisurely outdoor meal with family and friends, and it’s something that you can really miss as the weather turns cooler. But even if you live in a region that experiences chilly winters, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue to entertain outdoors during those months too.

Why not enjoy the changing landscape throughout the year rather than just in the summer? Here are some tips on how to make outdoor entertaining in winter a truly enchanting experience.


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Jetmaster 2015 TV Campaign Sydney Melbourne


 

Since the start of humanity, nothing has had the drawing power of the flame, the fire. Making fire to generate heat and light, and ultimately cook food. Today, despite all the modern conveniences at hand, the allure of the fire remains strong. Many people only encounter fires when camping in the bush, in the company of strangers. The campfire can be hypnotic, mesmerising and a source of sentimental enchantment.

Jetmaster’s TV campaign taps into the primal attraction of a fire. The commercial commences with an open-pit outdoor campfire. A half dozen people are congregated around the fire, chatting and keeping warm. As our hero man stares hypnotically into the fire, we transition to the Jetmaster showroom as he inspects a number of gas, open wood and slow combustion fires. We finally see him relaxing at home with his wife in front of his new Jetmaster fireplace.

Overall, the television commercial reinforces the wonderful range of Jetmaster fireplaces that can add style, value and warmth to your home. The campaign includes a 30 second and 15 second version and is running nationwide including Melbourne metro, country Victoria and country New South Wales.

Double-Sided Fireplaces: Double the Benefits


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What is more appealing and welcoming than walking into a room and finding an open fire roaring away? It’s both a source of warmth and comfort, and in front of a hearth is also a great focal point. It’s somewhere the whole family can gather, or somewhere to relax and enjoy a glass of wine – or two! – at the end of a long day.

The type of fireplace you choose for your home is important. Not only does it make a statement about your personal living style, but it can also transform your whole living space. For example, a double-sided fireplace – one that is installed between two rooms or spaces so that the fire is accessible in each – is an incredibly flexible addition to a home as it provides a focal point for two rooms for a single cost. It can also reduce your energy consumption and cut fuel bills if you live in an area that experiences cold winters, and so requires regular heating.

So, if you’re thinking of renovating your house, or even building one from scratch, read on for some ideas about how a double-sided fireplace might enhance your house or apartment.


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Guide to Choosing the Right Wood for Your Fireplace


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There’s an indisputable charm about the cosy atmosphere created in front of a glowing fire. Fires draw people together for warmth, and families especially have come to use this environment as an opportunity to communicate and grow closer to each other. If you have chosen the right firewood and cured it properly, the fire will keep you warm and cosy. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen improper firewood or wood that has not dried properly, things could end up disastrous with more smoke and less heat, driving people away.

To prevent such disruptions to what should be a cosy night spent snuggling in front of the fireplace, we’ll outline what wood works best for burning in terms of sustainability, energy content, and general practicality.


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What to do With Your Fireplace in the Summer


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Fireplaces are a lovely addition to any home, and can add great appeal to the living room or bedroom during those cold wintery nights. But with summer well and truly here, what do you do with your fireplace now that it’s not in use?

Well, there are many ways you can still utilise a fireplace without needing to heat the house up in the process. You could include it as part of the room’s decor, or even block it out completely to look like there was never a fireplace to begin with.

Here are some of our favourite ideas to spruce up your fireplace during hot summer months.


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The Definitive Guide – How to Cut Firewood


1It seems that wood burning furnaces are making a comeback because of rising oil and gas prices. Wood burners provide an old-age charm of their own and the ones now on the market are fitted with more heat-efficient systems. Many urban residents purchase firewood from a wood yard and  preparation is limited to splitting the wood into suitable sizes. But for those with access to trees to cut for firewood, there is something satisfying about going through the process yourself, then lighting a fire and sitting back to reap the benefits of your handiwork.

Types of firewood

The types of wood available obviously depend on the geographical area. Hardwood is the most suitable type of wood, as it emits higher heat and it burns longer. Softwood like pine has a much lower fuel-value which means it burns with less heat and it burns faster.


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Wood heaters now help you reach the minimum energy saving target set by BASIX


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BASIX’s favourable new rating for wood burning heaters now sees them as the preferred cost-effective solution for making a new building “compliant”. Recent updates to the BASIX on-line rating tool have given wood heaters a superior chance of achieving a BASIX certificate. BASIX, or the Building Sustainability Index, is an integral part of the planning system in NSW, whereby all new dwellings and alterations/additions over $50,000 in NSW must have a BASIX certificate before they can be approved by council.

BASIX is assessed online using the BASIX assessment tool. The tool checks elements of a proposed design against sustainability targets. And within the BASIX tool, the selected house heating system is rated for its greenhouse gas emissions.

This favourable new rating reflects the minimal greenhouse gas emissions produced by wood heating and in fact, wood heaters now achieve a superior score to alternate domestic heating options including 5 star gas heaters, 6 star reverse cycle air conditioners, and even ground source heat pumps.

Anyone wanting to build or renovate should seriously consider wood heating. Besides the unrivalled charm and warmth of a wood fire, wood heaters will now help them reach the minimum energy saving target set by BASIX.

Whether you are concerned by compliance or a sustainable future for all, or hopefully both, wood heaters are the obvious choice all round.

The Flushed Look With the Red 40


 

 

 

 

The Red 40 combines the feature of natural convection heat with the system of direct heat transfer. Heat movement is not straight forward, literally, it can get trapped in all parts of the house and can get sucked out or up without the slightest provocation.

 

Direct heat transfer systems bypass this problem, they control where the heat ends up and can be arranged to prioritise those stubborn cold areas. The RED40 Series will heat up to 100-120m2, and can have up to two Heat Zone Vents, which can run up to 10 meters from the fire.

 

Because the convected heat generated by the fire (which usually vents from the top of the fire), is now being redirected to vents, you are not required to build a shelf or mantel above the fire, separating the fire from a TV. The RED40 still produces radiant heat, so it’s not completely heat free, you can still sit in front of the fire watch a movie and feel warm, whilst the vents work at heating your whole house or living/dinning/kitchen.

 

Radiant heat does not rise initially, it projects like a ray, where as convection heat will not project forwards, but rather upwards. You don’t want your TV to be exposed to direct heat, this can cause all sorts of complications, and convection heat is direct heat to the TV as it rises straight away. But radiant heat doesn’t, keeping your TV safe. The RED40 is the perfect combination of the real immediate feel of warmth, with the practicality and efficiency of convection heat, all uncompromising to the design.

 

Flexible Flue Runs For the Red 40


 

 

 

 

The RED40 Series is impressive for its lengthy horizontal flue runs, easy install, and heat zone vents. The RED40 because of its lengthy horizontal and vertical flue runs, can be installed into a variety of internal and external walls, cabinetry or joinery, or into a structurally complicated part of the house, without the need for power flues.

Within the Heat N Glo range, the maximum length you could run a horizontal flue used to be 5.79 meters (6000TRSI), until now, the RED40 allows you to run a horizontal flue up to 7.315 meters. If you’ve ever worked with flue runs then you’ll understand how delicate they can be when it comes to complex installations. The more elbows (right angle bends) the less width.

The Red 40 only vents from the top, if you require to go straight out the back of an external wall you will need to go vertically at least 305mm. This is a standard measurement before attaching any elbow
(45 or 90).

 

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If you’re going to top vent with only one elbow – most common scenario you’re installing on an internal wall on the first storey or a two storey house. You run the flue vertically till it hits the ceiling space then across till you can get to an external wall. In this case you can travel up to 7315mm in your ceiling space, but you must go 2438mm vertically.

 

In this table you can figure out what minimum height (V­­1) you need to get the maximum length (H1)

 

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Venting with two 90 degree elbows is great if you need to go around a corner, cabinetry, room, pillar, or staircase. You can cover a maximum of 7.1 meters (3658 mm x 2 flues) in horizontal length with this style of flueing, and a maximum of 12.1 meters vertically. No matter which product you compare the RED40 to, for two and three elbow flueing, none of them come close to the distances (most of them being around a total maximum length of 3-4 meters).

 

In this table you can figure out what minimum height (V­­1) you need to get the maximum length (H1)

 

Second Table
See Figure 1.2 (Vertical Termination) and Figure 1.3 (Horizontal Termination)

 

Three Elbows (horizontal or vertical termination) –

 

Three elbows has similar specifications to the two elbow figures. The total maximum horizontal run is 7.1 meters, except individually the maximum flue run is 4572mm horizontally, this breaks down as one horizontal run of 4572mm and another of 2528mm. The total like the two elbow scenario is also 19.2m, which gives you again 12.1 meters of vertical flueing, ample room to get your fireplace into a tight spot. Three elbow flueing is great for installs into complicated internal walls.

 

In this table you can figure out what minimum height (V­­1) you need to get the maximum length (H1)

 

Third Table
See Figure 1.4 (Horizontal Termination) and Figure 1.5 (Vertical Termination)

 

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History of Fire – An Infographic by Jetmaster Fireplaces


Humans have been harnessing fire for many different uses for tens of thousands of years – creating technologies that have paved the way for Jetmaster’s entire line of fireplaces. In recognition of this history, we’ve documented in infographic form the great moments in the history of human fire use.

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Spring is a great time to think about an outdoor fireplace


Nothing beats an outdoor fire on a cool Spring or Summer evening. For instance, a Jetmaster Universal 850 outdoor open wood fire brings a whole new dimension to outdoor entertaining. Designed to require only minimal brickwork, the Jetmaster will give unsurpassed radiant and convected heat, just the thing for a mild Spring night.
There is also the Linear Gas Fire Pit featuring a beautiful, glowing fire atop a bed of glass. This contemporary design will look great in any outdoor living space. The focal point of the design is a striking 12” X 42” stainless steel Crystal Fire burner. This simple, modern design will look great in any outdoor living space. The exterior grade frame with stucco finish and stainless steel top create a great modern contrast for your outdoor living space.
So don’t for one minute think that a fireplace is best enjoyed indoors.

A stunning approach to warming your home


There’s beauty and there is beauty and nothing quite compares to the Horizon Three Sided fireplace. It will ignite the visual senses as it is a beautiful addition to any room courtesy of the unrivaled ambience and warmth it produces. This innovative gas fireplace from Jetmaster is ideal as a stylish room divider and it features sleek minimalist lines, a floating burner and a large viewing area to give your decor an exiting, unique edge.

Furthermore, with all the controls concealed, the high flame gas pebble or coal fire appears to float on the fireplace base. The fireplace comes in a range of colours and you can choose from pebbles or coals depending on the look that you are after. The 2 sizes are 1100 and 1500 but  custom sizes can be built upon request. There are vertical flue and power flue options.

So if you want a fireplace that makes a stunning statement, look no further than this 3 sided Horizon fireplace

Wood Burner Operation Tips


Maintaining a clean wood burner is very important in ensuring safety and efficiency. To achieve this you will need to buy a good-quality burner and make sure that you are operating it properly.

Use the right fuel – Fuel needs to be dry and appropriate for the burner that you are using. Dry wood will burn more easily and will heat up at a faster rate.


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