Flued-gas log fires

The cheapest of the five units tested cost more than $4000 installed, so it pays to buy wisely.
 
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02.What to buy

CHOICE tested five gas log flame heaters with a balanced flued system, where an exhaust flue draws combustion air out into the atmosphere. These units are sufficient to heat a large open-plan area, but the homely fireside effect comes at a price, with the cheapest unit tested costing more than $4000 installed. All these units can be installed into an existing fireplace, with the chimney accommodating the flue; otherwise, you can use a firebox and put the unit anywhere in the room, as long as you can incorporate a flue.

 

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2 CHOICE buys

Rinnai Aspiration

Scored 87/100 | $549987%

Good points:

• Wireless remote control.
• Thermostat.
• Programmable on/off times.
• Child lock protection.
• Fastest heater to achieve 5°C and 10°C increase.
• Clear labelling on controls.
• Filter clean warning (only heater with a filter).

Bad points:

• Highest in-use power consumption at 86W.
• Highest standby power consumption at 19.7W.

 

Rinnai Symmetry

Scored 81/100 | $499981%

Good points:

• Wireless remote control.
• Thermostat.
• Programmable on/off times.
• Child lock protection.
• Highest temperature after 30 minutes.

Bad points:

• Remote control houses thermostat so cannot leave room.
• No fan controls.

 
 
 
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