Choosing the right wood fireplace for your project can significantly enhance both the aesthetic and functional qualities of your space. As regulations and standards in Australia have evolved, it’s essential to be well-informed to make the best choice for your home or commercial project. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you specify the right wood fireplace, ensuring compliance with current standards while achieving your design goals.


The Australian wood heater standards were updated in August 2019, leading to significant changes in the specifications and installation of wood fireplaces. One of the primary standards, AS/NZS 4013, now requires all wood heaters to meet stricter emission controls, ensuring they produce fewer pollutants. As of the latest update, wood heaters must have emissions of no more than 1.0 g/kg. When selecting a wood fireplace, it’s crucial to confirm that the model complies with this standard, guaranteeing a more eco-friendly and efficient heater.



Compliance with Standards

  • Ensure the wood fireplace complies with AS/NZS 4013 for emissions, specifically the new 1.0 g/kg requirement.
  • Check for AS/NZS 2918 compliance, which pertains to the safe installation of solid fuel heaters.

Heating Requirements

  • Assess the size of the space to determine the heating capacity needed.
  • Consider the climate of the area; colder regions may require a higher output fireplace.

Design and Aesthetics

  • Choose a design that complements the overall interior style of the project.
  • Decide between traditional or contemporary designs to match the decor.


Efficiency and Performance

  • Look for fireplaces with high efficiency ratings to maximise heat output and minimise wood consumption.
  • Consider features such as air-wash systems for cleaner glass and secondary combustion for improved efficiency.

Installation Requirements

  • Ensure there is adequate space and appropriate materials for installation, including hearth and clearance requirements.
  • Plan for proper flue placement to optimise performance and safety.

Building Code and Passive Homes

  • With the move towards 6+ star energy-rated homes and passive designs, new builds often require an outdoor air connection for wood fireplaces.
  • Ensure the chosen model supports an outdoor air intake to comply with these building standards and enhance energy efficiency.




When specifying a wood fireplace, it’s essential to select a model that not only meets the technical and regulatory requirements but also aligns with the aesthetic and functional needs of your project. Here are some tips:

Compact Models :

Ideal for smaller spaces or modern homes where space efficiency is crucial. The Seguin Stoves range delivers ample heat in a compact vessel. With the aid of the heat shield, it lowers the clearance to the rear wall, tucking the appliance in leaving space for more design possibilities.


How to Specify the Right Wood Fireplace for Your Project

(Seguin Visio 8 – Forest House, WA)



High-Capacity Models :

Suitable for large living areas or open-plan designs that require substantial heat output. High-capacity models are designed to efficiently heat expansive spaces, ensuring a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout. Sculpt’s Axis Range offers a perfect solution for such needs, combining powerful heating capabilities with sleek, contemporary design.


How to Specify the Right Wood Fireplace for Your Project

(Axis H1600 XXL – Merricks, VIC)



Freestanding or Insert Fireplaces :

Perfect for existing masonry fireplaces, providing a modern upgrade with enhanced efficiency. With the Seguin Cheminees Range, you have the option to install these as a freestanding or as an insert fire, with endless customisation possibilities from a concrete bench or a stone clad feature chimney.


How to Specify the Right Wood Fireplace for Your Project

(Seguin Visio 8 – Forest House, WA)



Specifying the right wood fireplace for your project involves careful consideration of compliance standards, heating requirements, design preferences, and installation specifics. By selecting a fireplace that meets the updated Australian standards and suits the unique needs of your space, you can enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a wood fire while ensuring safety and efficiency.

At Sculpt Fireplace Collection, we offer a range of high-quality, compliant wood fireplaces to meet diverse design and heating needs. Explore our collection to find the perfect fireplace for your next project.