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  1. #1

    Default Chimney replacement program - what to get


    I have a golden opportunity to either rebuild my old chimney, or replace it with an approved heating source.

    After the Canterbury earthquake EECA is offering a clean heat replacement, instead of rebuilding your chimney.
    You can choose between heatpumps, gas fires, wood fires, and pellit fires.

    List of appliances: http://www.eeca.co.nz/sites/all/file...s-24-09-10.xls
    You can choose any appliance you want from that list.

    Anybody have any experiences with the Gas fires?

    I already have a 6.25kw heatpump in the same room. In the dead of the Christchurch winter the heatpump has to be turned up to 26C for short periods.

    I want a nice inbuilt gas fire, primarily to increase the house value and create atmosphere - rather than a heating source. They probably just the fanciest one

    Last edited by Psilan; 16-11-2010 at 10:48 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008


    people keep trying to rewrite the world as themselves

    like that'll work...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    North Shore Auckland


    Are you on gas already?

    Daily line charges for gas can be expensive...and you have to pay them 365 days a year....even when not using your heater.

    And who pays for the installation and connection costs?

  4. #4


    Personally I'd go for the 30kw pellet boiler but that's probably overkill

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Karratha WA


    Quote Originally Posted by graemeh View Post
    Personally I'd go for the 30kw pellet boiler
    Pellet fires are not so great if the power goes off a bit at your place. Should be fine in town.

  6. #6


    I just wanted something flash looking, with a bit of atmosphere. I am in Avonhead. No real earthquake or power issues here.
    Our chimney was very tall and brick with zero reinforcing.

    I heard it was about $90 per year? I have no gas currently, but it is a possibility that I would go gas for hot water sometime in the future.

    All installation and setup costs are paid for by EQC/EECA.
    Last edited by Psilan; 16-11-2010 at 04:00 PM.

  7. #7


    Our gas line charge in Wellington is around $1 a day. It's possible to get it for half that if you find the right supplier. The actual gas usage is on top of that.

    $90 per year seems rather cheap but you can obviously confirm that with one of the gas suppliers in Christchurch.

  8. #8


    Contact (Rockgas) prices;

    $98.14 rental per year.
    2 cylinders.

    $108 to refill one.

    -$163 per year discount if you are already a contact customer (yes I am).

    Not too bad.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2010


    Call me and I'll talk the options over with you gas is ok but exp and still needs power!

    Hm 322 4741

    Mobile 021 613 391


  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Psilan View Post
    Contact (Rockgas) prices;

    $98.14 rental per year.
    2 cylinders.

    $108 to refill one.

    -$163 per year discount if you are already a contact customer (yes I am).

    Not too bad.
    Ohhhh, I forget not everyone has piped gas. I guess the question then is running costs, i.e. how much gas do you actually get for your $108.


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