At Fireplaces & Stoves, we have been dealing with focus fireplaces for nearly 20 years, so there is not much we don't know about them. However, we know that this isn't the case for everyone, and the lingo we use can sometimes be a little confusing. Do you know the difference, for example, between the three main types of fuel? And do you want a wall hung fireplace or a wall mounted fireplace (and do you know the difference)? That is why in this article, we have pulled together some basic things that you need to know about fireplaces and stoves so that you can get a better idea of which might be right for you, and your home.
There are two main types of fires - a fireplace and a stove.
Fireplaces tend to be used on a day to day basis by people who are describing what they have in their home and includes the heating unit,
the mantelpiece, and the hearth. However, in the industry itself, we use the term fireplace solely to talk about the heating element of the unit. They are usually either gas or electric and they can be either modern or traditional in style.
Stoves have really grown in popularity in recent years, and are identified as being different from fireplaces in that they are available in three fuel types as opposed to two, and they usually have a distinct look which is based on the stoves of old, with flue pipes and doors. We have a wide range of stoves available, including our popular cast tec stoves range, which has a wide assortment on offer at a variety of prices.
We have briefly touched on the fact that there are different types of fuel available, and these fuels are:
Electricity - This is the 'newest' of all the fuel types although it has been around for a while now! Electric fireplaces just need a plug socket nearby that they can be plugged into, and away you go. Electric fireplaces tend to be popular as they score highly in terms of energy efficiency, and they are also the most flexible in that they can be moved easily - which comes in handy when you want to move house - you can just take your fire with you!
Gas - Gas fires are still a common sight in most homes, despite the increase in popularity of wood burning stoves, as they offer you the option of a real flame without the need to provide fuel. To have a gas fire installed in your home, you need access to a chimney or flue, and a gas line that the unit can be plumbed into.
Coal or Wood (Natural Fuels) - Many people love the look of a coal or wood burning fire, as it offers real flames and has a romantic feel. They have grown massively in popularity in recent years, but the downside is that not only do you need a chimney in order to have one installed, but you also need to keep stocked up on fuel as well.
There are four main types of model fireplaces available and these are:
Floor Standing - This is the most common model of the fireplace we sell, and it is pretty self-explanatory what it is! If it is an electric floor standing fire then it will sit up against a wall, otherwise, it sits
Inset Fireplace - This is the name used to describe a fireplace or stove that is set into a wall. These types of fire have been designed in order to hide the heating element, leaving only the attractive front design on display.
Wall Hung Fireplace - A wall-hung fireplace is basically a floor standing fireplace that has been attached to the wall with the use of brackets. They are not inset but sit flat against the wall and for this reason, the majority of wall hung fireplaces tend to be electric.
Wall Mounted Fireplace - These fireplaces differ from wall hung ones in that they are designed to be inset. One example of this is the Curve Gas Fire from our Flavel Calibre Balanced Flue Gas Fire range. Wall mounted fireplaces can sit completely inside the wall, or partially inside it, and can even be fitted between two rooms so that you can see the fire from both sides!Hopefully, this article has given you a little insight into some of the basic things you need to know about fires, but if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01704 566 611.