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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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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.

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.

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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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).

 

One Elbow (horizontal termination) –

 

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)

 

First Table
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Two Elbows (horizontal termination or vertical) –

 

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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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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What Exactly is a Fireplace Insert and What Type Should You Get?

What Exactly is a Fireplace Insert and What Type Should You Get?

Traditional fireplaces usually burn fuel, have a chimney flue system and are open hearth. By contrast, the newer insert fireplaces are small units that fit into an existing fireplace space.

Fireplace inserts can be gas, electric, propane, wood, pellet or coal burning, and are most often made from cast iron or steel. Fireplace inserts are more like a stove in that they enclose the flames in a metal box and create a closed combustion system.

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Who Knew Heating With Wood was So Good for the Environment?

Who Knew Heating With Wood was So Good for the Environment?

There’s nothing like having a flickering fire to bring comfort and warmth to your home. Guests love a drink, meal and good conversation by an open fire. It’s also brilliant in winter, turning a chilly room into a well-loved place for relaxing and perhaps reading a book. However, many have put out their fires through a misguided sense of protecting the environment.

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Using Your Mantel for Storage and Interior Decorating


A mantel above a fireplace can serve as valuable storage space and still be a dramatic and effective design feature, according to The Sustainable Modern Home.

Mantels can be decorated in any way that the homeowner chooses, but some people choose to decorate their mantel in accordance with the season, an occasion for celebration or design theme of the room.


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Why Property Buyers Love Contemporary Fireplaces


There is something magical about fireplaces and this makes them perennially appealing to property buyers, according to the Daily Herald.

Today, contemporary linear fireplaces are especially popular. They’re especially popular with people aged 40 years and younger. However, this style of fireplace also potentially holds great appeal for older people who desire something stylish and current.


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How Hardwood Helps Your Wood-Burning Furnace


When the weather cools, it is time to turn attention to firewood. By understanding and choosing the most appropriate type of firewood, those who use wood heat, especially with a wood-burning furnace, have the opportunity to save money.

The more dense and heavy the wood is, the more heat that will be produced, according to Mother Earth News. Hardwoods, including oak, birch, hickory, maple and beech, burn for longer and hotter than wood from conifers. The coaling properties of these hardwoods are also excellent – they typically produce more coal when burnt than other woods and there is a further advantage in their embers remaining hot through the night.


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The Best Fireplace Accessories


Fireplace accessories are always popular retail items whenever autumn or winter rolls around. These accessories range from decorative to functional and some pieces are a combination of both.

According to WiseGeek, fireplace screens are one of the most often purchased accessories. These are positioned in front of a fireplace to prevent large embers from escaping from the fire and on to the hearth or floor. Fireplace screens are most often tri-fold stands which can be elaborate in design, quite plain or enhanced through the use of materials such as stained glass.


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Great Reasons to Build an Upside Down Fire


An upside down fire offers a reduced amount of smoke, a cleaner burn, improved combustion, more heat, less need for tending and better use of the energy embodied in wood, according to Milkwood.net.

An upside down fire is so effective because heat energy is equally radiated in every direction from the point of combustion, rather than only upwards. Heat energy radiates down just as much as it radiates up when the first layer of your firewood combusts.


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How to Decorate Your Outdoor Fireplace


An outdoor fireplace on your porch or patio is the perfect place for gathering with family and friends in chillier months, and it can look every bit as stylish and inviting as an indoor fireplace.

There are many ways to decorate the mantel and hearth of a fireplace, without altering its structure, to make it all the more appealing.


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What You Need to Know About Chimney Liners


Even when a chimney is used only for venting gas or oil-fired furnaces and boilers, maintenance is vitally important. Chimneys should only be used in particular ways.

The by-products created from the burning of gas and oil are every bit as toxic as the by-products from the burning of solid fuels. The flues within chimneys need to be clean so that heat and gases can travel safely up and beyond the chimney top. It is also worth realising that the by-products of combustion can cause deterioration to the inner surface of the flue over time.


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The History of Fireplaces and Fire


In the winter, sitting in front of the fireplace can be wonderful. Not Yet Published tells of how fire has an incredible history and is used to represent emotions as strong and varied as love, hate, passion and vengeance.

Fire was critical to life for thousands of years, providing light, heat, the fuel needed to cook meals and valuable protection. Were it not for fire, the migration and settlement of humans would have been all but impossible and our creativity and progress would certainly have been thwarted.


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Decorating Your Mantel With Flowers


Flowers are an excellent decoration for around the fireplace as the weather gets colder. More time will be spent beside the fire in the winter months and it is important to make this area feel cosy. Flowers offer the perfect natural remedy, according to the Examiner.

Space is a key constraint to consider and larger flower arrangements are not suitable to place on a mantel. Many people use circular arrangements to hang above the mantel and this provides a seasonal appeal.


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Double and Triple-Sided Fireplaces Offer Countless Benefits


Double-sided and triple-sided fireplaces offer some unique benefits that can make your home into a much more pleasant place to be.

Multi-sided fireplaces can act as dividers between rooms as well as being a wonderful interior design feature that your family and friends can enjoy. In an exterior setting, a fireplace can serve as a window between two spaces while giving off a nice, toasty heat.

Heat & Glo STHVBI Double sided gas fireplace

Heat & Glo STHVBI Double sided gas fireplace

For winter dinner parties, you can ensure that this beautiful feature heats two entertaining areas, rather than just one. With a dining area and a lounge area that are heated simultaneously, you can seamlessly move through the stages of hosting without having to move away from the warmth.

Triple-sided fireplaces can also be used as smaller partitions that will allow more light into the room and will provide a clear but unobtrusive separation between spaces.

Being able to see through the fireplace can help to make your home feel larger and more open-plan without needing to carry out drastic remodelling work.

Heat & Glo RED 40 Double sided gas fireplace

Heat & Glo RED 40 Double sided gas fireplace

Source:http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5619495/list/Double–and-Triple-Sided-Fireplaces-Offer-Countless-Benefits

Inside a Direct-Vent Fireplace


Direct-vent fireplaces are easier to install and more space efficient that standard flue fireplaces. They work by extracting the heat from the combustion of gases and then redirecting the fumes out of interior rooms.

A direct-vent fireplace has a sealed glass frontage that prevents any gases from coming into or out of the room. Oxygen is drawn in from outside of the home and the vent gets rid of the fumes by exhausting them outside through a wall mounted or roof-mounted vent.


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