Is there anything that says “Australian summer” more than a BBQ? From the mateship of getting family and friends around a BBQ for lunch or dinner, to the parties and celebrations that make barbequed shrimps or sausages the centerpiece of the event, the Aussie BBQ experience is ingrained into the imaginations and memories of just about every Australian. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Barbeques are synonymous with Australian outdoor living; normally associated with warm summer days and ice old beers, barbques are the perfect centre point for al fresco entertainment. However, any grill fan will know that cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious, barbequed meal.
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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.
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.
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
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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