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Woodsman Fires have spent generations keeping fires at the heart of Kiwi homes. Now we’re sharing that expertise directly: helping you choose the best fire and fuel for your location and your environment.

We design and manufacture our Woodsman fires right here, ensuring that for every heating need, there’s a high quality solution that combines efficiency, environmental responsibility, and aesthetic appeal.

So you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the comforting glow of Woodsman knowing you made a wise choice. W H Harris Ltd, trading as Harris Home Fires is New Zealand owned and operated and is based in Christchurch.

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Woodsman History

Woodsman was established in 1887 and has remained a family business ever since. It is currently run by the 4th and 5th generations of the Harris family.
The original owner, William Henry Harris, established the partnership Harris and Wood Plumbers, Gasfitters and Tinsmiths in 1887; the partner was bought out in 1890.William Henry Harris passed the business on to his sons, Roland and Norman Harris, who in turn passed it on to Roland’s son Graham Harris, who in turn passed the business on to his sons and current owners, Evan and Peter Harris. Sons Richard and Mark Harris are now both involved in the business. Since 1887 the business has changed dramatically. Back then, among the products manufactured at W H Harris Ltd were tin baths, milking buckets, milk churns, foot warmers and cake tins. Today the company uses state of the art computer operated machinery to manufacture sheet metal components for companies throughout New Zealand.

The majority of the business these days is in the manufacturing of the Woodsman range of wood, multi-fuel fires. While the original business was involved in home heating back in 1887, W H Harris Ltd have been manufacturing fires since the mid 1960s, both for themselves and other companies.