Fireplace advisor website for all types of fires, fireplaces and heating systems. Topics include flueless gas fires, electric fireplaces, traditional fireplaces, gas fires, stoves, wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, ribbon fires, fire bowls, high efficiency, inset fires, gas stoves, bioethanol fireplaces, and balanced flue gas fires. The website has been set up by people who have worked in the fireplace industry for many years with experience of expertise are designing, manufacturing and installing many styles of fireplace.
The site has been created as a source of information on the various styles of fireplace and includes technical guides and an unbiased look at the products that are available. We hope the site will help to answer some of your fireplace questions and help before you approach a sales person or are pushed into buying a specific product that maybe does not tick all the boxes.
“Don’t Rush in and Buy what Seems a Bargain”
Fireplaces are an excellent way to improve a room and can also add desirability and value to a property. When choosing a fireplace there are a number of technical issues which need to be covered first:
- Which source of energy will you use? Natural Gas, LPG, Electric, BioEthanol or Wood? Each of these fuel types have different costs based on the energy they provide (kw of heat). Natural gas is the cheapest per Kw of heat but needs to be used with an efficient appliance to save money.
- How much heat do you need? This is an important question. Fireplaces have a flame and that means heat. When you make the flame larger or wider then there will be more heat. When buying a fireplaces you have to consider when you will use and enjoy the warmth and atmosphere it creates. If you buy a very large fireplace for a room it may be impractical to ever have it switched on. Only an electric fireplace, where there are lights and no flame, can be set to not provide heat however electric fires are cheap and not pleasing on the eye.
- What flue system will you use? The flue system (or chimney) is used to take the products of combustion away from the fireplace. If you have a brick built chimney you may decide to keep it or change to a modern flue liner system. If you have no flue system in your home then you will need to consider a flueless gas fire, bioethanol fireplace, electric fireplace or a balanced flue gas fire.
- What budget do you have? Deciding a budget at the start will make the process of choosing a fire easier and less stressful. Installing fireplaces can involve lots of hidden costs but there are two costs to consider first – The cost of the actual the appliance and the cost of the installation. You can buy a cheap fire but it could cost you a fortune to install if the correct planning has not been done first. Each type of fireplace has differing installation requirements and costs associated with it. Most importantly, you need to consider that you will look at the appliance not the installation behind it. Too many people buy a cheap appliance because all of the budget is going on install. Read our guide to installation costs.
- Efficiency? Fireplaces have differing efficiency ratings based on the type of appliance. The fireplace type will decide if you will save money on your utility bills when using the heating appliance chosen. However this needs to be linked to an low cost fuel. Read our guide to energy efficiency.
- Saving Money? You can reduce your fuel bills and at the same time benefit from more heat in your room. Choosing the correct appliance for your home can lead to big reductions in your monthly bills. Read our guide to running costs.
- Ventilation? Some fireplaces need to have room ventilation provided by an air vent to the outside air. Can your property be fitted with an air vent? Older houses that maybe had a coal fire when they were built may already have an air vent. In some modern homes air vents can upset other heating systems. Read our guide to air vents.
There are many fireplace styles, fireplace brands and outlets available. You can buy online, via a superstore, direct from a manufacturer or visit a local retail shop. Each route has different levels of cost involved and there are sometimes hidden costs involved. That cheap online bargain may end up costing you more than if you had bought from a fireplace shop. Careful consideration of all costs is required. Review our guide to the positive and negative aspects of different types of fireplace as it will give you a good idea of which route you need to follow based on your visual and budget needs.