*Includes engine ($6912), frame ($960), and log set ($327)

Designed and made in New Zealand

Design your own fire with modern burn media or traditional logs and a choice of two frames, using our 'Design Your Fire' feature.

With up to 8.4 kW of heat output, the Evolve 1252 gas fire can easily heat up to 130 m². What's more is that with the Rinnai power flue system, the fire can be installed where other fires cannot go.

IMPORTANT: Evolve fires manufactured from April 2019 have inbuilt Wi-Fi capability. You can easily determine this as the operation guide provided with your fire will have a section on Wi-Fi control.

If you don't have inbuilt Wi-Fi capability and you want Wi-Fi control, a Wi-Fi module is available for purchase, part number R7000 (RRP $220 plus installation). This will need to be fitted by a licensed gasfitter.

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Product Details

Suitable for
Living rooms and open plan areas. The versatile power flue system makes for easy installation in almost any living space, including bedrooms.

Heating areas (up to)
- Upper North Island 134 m²
- Central and lower North Island 93 m²
- South Island 78 m²

Technical Specifications







* kW output will vary according to gas type and flue configuration.
Gas type

Available for Natural Gas or LPG, specify at the time of purchase

Convection fan

3-speed fan. Heat is distributed from the top of the appliance.

Data plate

Located inside the appliance, upper right hand side.

Gas connection

½ " BSP, the gas supply terminates inside the heater—lower left hand side of the appliance.


Continuous spark electronic ignition

Noise level

37-45 dB(A)

Power flue

Inner 50 mm, outer 70-80 mm. Appliance must be installed with a Rinnai flue system.

Power consumption and electrical supply

High 90 W, standby < 8 W. This heater has a 1.5 m power cord with a 3-pin plug supplied. The power cord passes through a slot in the back left hand corner of the appliance.

Safety devices

Flame failure sensing system, pressure relief, overheat safety switch, air temperature sensor, thermal fuse, overcurrent fuse, and spark detector.

Temperature control

Operated using a basic infra-red remote, or for more features, such as timers and thermostatic control, using the Rinnai Wi-Fi fireplace controller app, refer important note in 'Features tab'.


75 kg

General clearances

The minimum clearances listed below are measured from the edge of the glass.

  • Above - 400 mm
  • Sides - 400 mm (includes side walls)
  • In front - 1000 mm
  • These are the unit dimensions only, not the framing/cavity dimensions
  • Viewable glass dimensions 1000 x 305 mm


Supplier declaration of compliance: Declaration number - 18423201712

Market release
March 2018


Yes. The majority of modern gas fires have electronic ignition and safety components that require electricity. For customers concerned with power outages, there are commercially available battery backup systems. One provider is Helio (www.heliosps.co.nz) who supply systems specifically designed for use with gas space heaters and water heaters.

For flues terminating through the roof there is a requirement for how far the flue terminal needs to be from the building. This clearance is required to ensure products of combustion are cleared adequately. Rinnai recommends the flue cowl should have a 500 mm clearance from any part of the building. For more information, refer to the installation manual of the gas fireplace you are interested in – available on our website.
With the exception of the Compact 2 model, all Rinnai fires may be suitable to have a TV installed above them. Rinnai fires incorporate a fan that distributes warm air outwards into the room rather than directly upwards, meaning that installation of a TV may be an option. Please refer to the Specification guide for gas fireplaces for recommended installation clearances. It is the responsibility of the owner to check the TV installation instructions with the TV supplier to verify clearances. Some TV manufacturers have warranty conditions that state a TV is not to be installed above a fireplace. Rinnai does not accept any responsibility for damage to a TV resulting from the use of this information.
This is a fireproofing box that isolates the appliance from combustible materials. For the Linear, Evolve, Symmetry and Arriva models, this is integrated into the design of the fire. For the Neo inbuilt, Ember and Compact gas fires, a zero clearance frame or box needs to be purchased in addition to the fire if the installation requires isolation from combustible materials.
For reliable operation, Rinnai gas fires should be serviced every two years (including inspection of the flue system). If they are in a particularly dusty environment or subject to excess lint (for example dog hair, or where there are newly laid carpets) then annual servicing is recommended. If you’d like to schedule a service, you can do this online or just give us a call: 0800 RINNAI (0800 746 624)