Where to Start with Your Selection of a New Fireplace
So, you want a new fire and fireplace. First things first.
What sort of property do you have and how old is it? The important thing to know is what type of flue you have, if you have one at all, or whether it needs to be replaced to go with the fire you would like.
We will advise on the suitability of your flue and recommend the correct fire to suit your property.
The age of your property can be a primary consideration when choosing your fireplace, as this will dictate the types of flue used at the time of the building. We carry out a property survey to discuss your requirements on site to ensure nothing is overlooked when choosing your appliance
The flue is the avenue within the chimney up which carries the products of combustion from the fireplace to the open air. It is usually part of the construction of the chimney either made of brick, concrete or can also be made of metal. Sometimes a brick flue may become defective and may require lining by either a renovation with a flexible metal flue liner or concrete reline of the flue. Check our Flues and Chimneys guide.
Not every product will fit, nor is designed for, every type of installation. The main thing is that we will need access to your chimney stack. In most cases, we can access the flue by ladder, but if the chimney is very tall or it’s a difficult climb, we may need scaffolding, or even a cherry picker. That’s why we need to come out and survey your home, and do a full risk assessment for the installation. If you’re not sure, take photos and send them to us and we can give some preliminary guidance.
Your next decision is over the energy type – the type of fuel you have, or want to have – electricity, gas or solid fuel – which determines the types of product that are suitable for you to select from:
- Gas Fires – Traditional or contemporary, including mantels and back panels
- Electric Fires – Often in small fireplaces, or where the only fuel supply is electricity
- Solid Fuel or Wood Burning – including hearth, tiles and / or slate
- Biomass – For flexibility of fuel sources, or environmental impact
Now that’s been narrowed down, take a look at the product ranges available from our suppliers and pick out some options that suit your circumstances.