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Upgrading your fireplace!

If you already have an open fire, you may be able to simply fit a stove or built in cassette fire into the chimney opening, which will provide much more heat. These kinds of appliances feature a closed, airtight design, which means airflow to the fire can be better controlled. Controlling the airflow allows for the fuel to be far more efficiently burnt, resulting in up to 80% of the heat going into your room, compared to an open fire which loses around 75% of the heat up the chimney. Not only does a high efficiency stove or fire help your back pocket by reducing your heating bills, it is also much better for the environment.

If using an existing chimney, the best place to start is by talking to a retailer like The Heating Centre. We can arrange an independant installer to do a site survey , where a qualified installer will be able to inspect your fireplace opening and chimney, checking for blockages or leak and whether or not the chimney needs to be lined . Good retailers will also be able to help you choose your stove or fire and discuss the options available to you.

No chimney required!

Just because you don’t have a fireplace, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a fire.  There are a great many free-standing appliances that don’t even need a chimney breast for installation. These stoves  and fires can simply be vented directly up through the ceiling or, through an external wall using a prefabricated flue system. Pairing your free-standing stove with a beautiful slab hearth can create a contemporary look that also benefits from a much smaller footprint than the typical protruding chimney breast – making this type of installation perfect for smaller rooms. A site survey from an independant installer will quickly work out what is needed to install a freestanding stove or fire in your home.

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