Ultra low emission burner proves a popular choice

Ultra low emission burner proves a popular choice

Harris Homes Fires’ new user friendly ultra low emission burner (ULEB), the Woodsman Serene, has taken the local market by storm since its release in March, and is now the number one selling ULEB in Christchurch.
The Woodsman Serene has been developed to pass the real world test method now used to enable entry into the Christchurch market for new ULEBs.
The previously approved Low Emission Burners (LEB’s) were tested using dry pine cut to a uniform size and holding a uniform moisture content and therefore burned quite cleanly.
The new Canterbury Method (CM1) tests fires not only with dry pine but also hard wood and unseasoned wood with a higher moisture content.
To pass this test, the requirement to comply is for the fire to produce 0.5g per kg of emissions or less.
“Which had proven quite difficult to achieve,” says Harris Homes Fires national sales manager Steve King.
“Most of the ULEBs initially introduced to the market were imported product and down draft type burners with two chambers, where the flame was brought through from the top to the bottom and created a burn that was particularly clean.  Most of these units were big and bulky, had complex methods of operation, and specific needs to make them work properly.”
Harris Homes Fires wanted to provide a single chamber, low emission log burner that doesn’t require any fan in order to give it the efficiency to pass the CM1 test, and doesn’t require any complex operating methods.
“Just like the log burner people have grown up using and have got used to using,” Steve says.
“Achieving this in a locally manufactured product has proven difficult for most of the manufacturers. Other single chamber ULEB’s that have been introduced require either a fan to be hardwired in or still require a different operational method or are imported products. We have been able to come up with a locally manufactured product that passed all the criteria, was user friendly, doesn’t require a fan and with a price that makes it currently the cheapest ULEB on the market at $3399rrp including standard flue kit.”
Steve says the development of the Woodsman Serene has been two years in the making.
“A lot of time and effort has gone into it,” he says.
“We weren’t in a hurry to get it to the market, what we wanted to do was develop something that was going to be accepted well and hit all the right marks for the customer.”
To achieve this end, Harris Homes Fires implemented some market research in the research and development phase of the Woodsman Serene, talking to customers who had purchased previously released ULEBs about what they did and didn’t like about them.
“We tried to deal with as many of the perceived issues they had with their burners as we could,” Steve says.
“One of the major complaints was the cleaning out of ash being messy and a bit of a pain, so we designed a ‘no mess ash scoop’ to sit under the fire and keep that process easy. Simply pull out the scoop, close the lid, and empty it when you’re ready to, without any ash spillage.”
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