Why A Wood-Fired Geyser?

Chances are you have never thought of a “donkey boiler” even if heating water using a wood burning water heater is a practice as old as the hills. But completely understandable since most of us with the exception of rural area dwellers, have only ever known an electric and gas geysers. More recently we have become familiar with solar water heaters.

As we know all to well our traditional options leave us dependent on electricity, gas or sunshine, the first two becoming unreliable and or expensive.

How much hot water do we really use today?

Most homes are constructed with more than sufficient hot water capacity, an unnecessary luxury when you consider how much energy is required to keep a 200 litre geyser going. In recent times, as water becomes a scarce and unreliable resource people have taken to quick showers instead of baths, and yet we still heat up the 200 litre geyser, only to draw 50 litres of hot water for a family of 4.

We have noticed in fact just how many water users have become water wise and are making a concerted effort to save water, and not surprisingly a 125 litre wood-fired geyser provides more than sufficient water for the household needs.

Lets stack up your options;

  • COST: R3,500.00 to R6,000.00
  • Relatively Cheap to buy.
  • Tried and trusted.
  • Reliance on electricity supply.
  • Expensive to run.
  • Expensive to maintain.
  • COST: R4,500.00 to R9,000.00
  • Relatively Cheap to buy.
  • Reliable.
  • Tried but not necessarily trusted.
  • More expensive to run than electric geysers*.
  • Expensive to maintain.


  • COST: R19,000.00 to R30,000.00
  • Cheap to run.
  • Very expensive to buy and install.
  • Routine minor maintenance required.
  • Reliant on sunshine.
  • Limited hot water supply.
  • Rapidly evolving technology.
  • COST: R5,600.00 to R9,825.00
  • Relatively Cheap to buy.
  • Cheap to run.
  • Easy to install.
  • Reliable.
  • Very low if any maintenance.