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  1. Door knob troubleshooting 13/11/2019

    The expected lifespan of a door knob is somewhere between 4 - 10 years depending on how the fire is being operated.

    The door handle will get hot during operation and this is completely normal.

    There are two typical known causes of premature failure of the door knob. The first is excessive charring on the back of the knob due to high levels of concentrated heat from burning close behind the door area. The second cause can be due to the door being over-tightened when it is closed which in turn leads to it being very tight to open once the fire has heated up. The continued cycle of this over-tightening causes the screws to become weakened from the higher levels of load put on them in each direction each time, which eventually results in it coming loose and breaking away from their fixings.

     

    A combination of these two is actually the most common cause of door knob failure. To avoid these issues and extend the lifespan of the door knob, keep a clear area of approximately 10cm in the front of the firebox and maintain your fire underneath the air tubes in the top of the cylinder, this will give the additional benefit of letting the cylinder absorb the maximum amount of heat from your fuel load before it leaves the fire chamber.

    If you are finding the door knob too hot when trying to refuel your fire then you are probably trying to refuel too soon, the door knob is a great indicator of what’s happening within your fire so if you can’t reload then you don’t need to yet. If your door knob is starting to show signs of charring then you are probably burning your fire too close to the door. 

    Do not lean on the door or use it to help you stand up when it is open as this can cause the door to move. If your door does become misaligned then you will need to loosen the top bolt going horizontally through the hinge bar and lift the door back into the correct position for the spindle to line up and then re-tighten the bolt.

  2. What are the technical specifications of the Pyroclassic IV? 13/11/2019

    Please see the last page of the Pyroclassic IV brochure, which can be downloaded HERE.

  3. What type of flue do you recommend? 13/11/2019

    We recommend a 150mm flue kit for your Pyroclassic Fire.

    As we are a carboNZero certified organisation, we are not keen to support the unnecessary freight of bulky flue components great distances when there are comparable products available from reputable manufacturers in your locality. Please speak to your local Pyroclassic agent about the Flue Kit options available to you in your area.

  4. What does it mean by the Pyroclassic being 'Self Regulating'? 13/11/2019

    The vigorous fire near the loading door automatically slows down as the burning front advances through the firebox towards the back. Each cycle ends with ash and hot ember at the far end of the firebox. Only use the Turboslide when lighting, adding fresh fuel or if you quickly want a very vigorous fire. The Pyroclassic® IV not only provides heat soon after start up but it also stores a lot of the heat from burning your wood, you will get most of this heat back over several hours. Frequent reloading may result in high room temperatures but you will soon know how much and how often to add fuel, the best heater output control is how much and how often you do this. The Pyroclassic® IV is designed to save on firewood and to keep emission levels to the minimum by storing the surplus heat which normally goes up the chimney - this heat is still being released into the room even when the fire is low at the end of each burn cycle.

  5. How do I clean the glass? 13/11/2019

    If the correct quality fuel is burnt in the right manner, the glass should stay relatively clean. The air wash which passes down the inside of the door will scrub off any deposits during the burn cycle. If the glass is becoming dirty then scrunch two pieces of damp newspaper, dip one in cold fire ashes and rub over the inside of glass, use the other to rub over the glass to clean off the dirt. Do this in the morning before rekindling the fire as the glass will be cool enough at this time. To help keep the glass clear and clean if it is becoming dirty then get into the habit of cleaning it regularly as this will maintain the glass and prevent ashes from being fused onto the glass due to intense heat in the firebox.

  6. How do I use my re-usable fire starters? 13/11/2019

    Place the soaked fire starter in the front of the fire chamber just underneath the front of your kindling. When the fire has started use tongs to remove it and place somewhere safe to cool down. When the fire starter is cold, place into a jar of methylated spirits for storage. 

    Warning

    • NEVER leave methylated spirits near the lit fire
    • NEVER soak a hot fire starter in methylated spirits 
    • NEVER squirt spirits or any liquid fuels directly into the fire chamber

     

     

  7. Why are there cracks and deterioration in my Pyroclassic cylinder? 13/11/2019

    This is a natural way to relieve built-up stress in refractories. It has no effect on operation, performance or useful life of the unit. The firebox is an arch structure, the most stable and permanent construction known. These cracks will develop over time and is nothing to worry about. 

    Due to it being cast as a one piece cylinder it goes through some expansion and contraction every time it is heat cycled. This is just the cylinder relieving its inert tension and results in a variety of different levels of cracking. 

    These cracks and blisters can slowly grow over time due to erosion through use. If you do not like the appearance of the cylinder when cracks appear, you can purchase veneering cement which can be mixed to a toothpaste like consistency and inserted into the cracked areas.

    The story goes that the two original designers each had a Pyro and one touched up his cylinder every year and the other never touched his...25 years later both fires were still working albeit one was looked in better looking condition internally than the other!

     25 year-old Pyroclassic II Cylinder 

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  8. Who should I use to install the fire? 13/11/2019

    As a responsible manufacturer we recommend that all our fires are installed by a New Zealand Home Heating Association approved installer. This will ensure the fire is installed correctly and safely and will provide many years of worry free comfort.

     

     

  9. Why is the door lock hard to operate? 13/11/2019

    Apply a small amount of high temperature grease to the thread (grease with graphite or molybdenum disulphide only).

    This could be because you are over tightening the door spindle thread. The Pyroclassic IV door seals with minimum pressure. Do not over-tighten as this shortens the life of the door handle gasket life.

     

     

  10. I am seeing dense smoke out of my chimney. What is wrong? 13/11/2019

    This can happen if you are burning wet wood, plastic materials, fire retardant-treated wood or high resin content.

    This can also happen if the hot fire chamber is overloaded with wood treated with fire retardant. Do not use such fuel.

    Burn seasoned wood ONLY, ensuring it is positioned lengthwise in the firebox.