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If you live in a house or flat without a chimney, there are still hundreds of fireplace options you can choose from. Perhaps you have a traditional chimney but want to install a fireplace in another room - such as a dining room - that doesn't have a chimney, or you might have a chimney that has been bricked up in the past and you don't want the expense or hassle of reinstating it.

Here are a few of your options if you want to add the warmth and glow of a fire to any room in your home without a working chimney.

Electric fires

Electric fires have come a long way in the past few years and there is now a design to suit every taste and space. Electric fires are clean, easy to install, and have the advantage of letting you switch the display on without heat if you want to create a cosy atmosphere but don't need the extra warmth of the fire function. Electric fires do not need to be fitted to a wall with outside access, making them extremely versatile and suitable for any space.

Twin wall flue fires

These fires do require access to the exterior of your property, so they might not be suitable for all rooms in the home. This is a great way to get a traditional stove into your property without the need for a chimney. The flue can be carried up through the roof space or directed through an exterior wall. If you don't want the flue pipe to be visible in your home, it can be hidden in a fake chimney breast or other brick work.

Flueless gas fires

Flueless gas fires do not need a chimney or flue, but you will obviously need to have a gas supply in the room and ensure the space is well ventilated. While this option means you can have a real gas fire in a room you might not have thought possible, you need to bear in mind that there is a minimum room size requirement for this type of fire; therefore, it is not suitable for very small rooms.

Balanced flue fires

As with the flueless gas fire, you will need a gas connection. You will also need access to an external wall for the flue to go outside. This is a very energy-efficient heating option, as heat loss is minimal. Balanced flue gas fires often feature glass fronts, which provide additional heat.

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Welcome to part two of our fireplace glossary. We have put this short guide together to explain some of the words you might see across our site and in our stores.

Hearth: This is the fireplace's base panel. It can be made from a variety of materials, including brick and stone. It is traditionally a safety feature to prevent house fires occurring; however, many modern hearths can also be extremely decorative.

LPG: This stands for liquid petroleum gas. It is used in place of natural gas, particularly in rural areas or where there is no supply from a gas main. Some fires and stoves can run on bottled LPG or natural gas from the mains. You must always ensure you are using the correct fuel for your fire or stove.

Marble: This is a natural stone, popular for its luxurious look and feel. It features a distinctive veining pattern and is a traditional choice for high-end fireplaces. It can be polished or unpolished, with a marble fireplace making an excellent focal point for any room.

Micro-marble: This is man-made and replicates the appearance of natural marble minus the veining pattern of the real thing. As it is man-made, micro-marble has a more consistent appearance than natural marble.

Multi-fuel stove: This type of stove enables you to use different types of fuel, such as coal, wood, peat or smokeless briquettes. Multi-fuel stoves are highly effective at supplying heat and are a great choice for anyone who wants the look, warmth and feel of a real fire with the convenience of a stove.

Smoke control area: There are smoke control areas in many parts of the UK. It is illegal to emit smoke from a chimney in these areas unless you are using an authorised fuel. Some appliances may be exempt from the smoke control laws. You can check whether you live in a smoke controlled area by contacting your local council. You can be fined if you break your area's smoke control laws.

If you have any questions or would like any further information about any of the fires, stoves or other products we sell, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Our team will be happy to help and provide advice on the best fireplace for your home. We stock a huge variety of fireplaces, stoves and accessories suitable for all budgets and tastes.

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Here at the Fireplace Warehouse, we know everything there is to know about fires. While we think our website has pretty much all the information you might need when you are buying a new fire, we appreciate some of the terms used might be new to our customers. We have put together a brief glossary of some of the terms you will come across on our site and in our stores to make it easier for you to choose the right fire for you.

Air vent: This is a legal requirement for some types of fires, such as solid fuel fires and gas fires. The air vent provides an air supply and lets your fire operate safely.

Balanced flue gas fire: This type of fire can be installed in a home that does not have a built-in chimney or flue, but has an outside wall that it can be mounted on. These fires are highly efficient and waste very little energy compared with many other fires.

Catalytic converter: This uses a catalyst to clean waste gas emitted from a fire. It ensures your fire runs more cleanly.

Convection heating: This is when warm air particles rise and cool particles fall into warmer areas. The process transfers warm air around your room.

DEFRA: This stands for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. You might notice some of our fires and stoves are labelled as DEFRA approved, which means they have been tested and are suitable for use in smoke controlled areas.

Efficiency: You will come across this word a lot in our product labels and descriptions. The more highly efficient a fire or heater is, the less energy and heat it wastes. An efficient model can help you to cut your energy bills and heat your home more effectively.

Electric fire: A fire that runs solely on electricity and does not require gas or solid fuel. They often simply need plugging into a wall socket, making installation extremely simple.

Flueless gas fire: This type of fire does not need a flue or chimney; instead, the gas passes through a catalytic converter. You will need to check the minimum room size for this type of fire, as it will need a certain amount of space and ventilation.

Gas Safe: The Gas Safe Register is the UK's official body for gas registration. You should make sure anyone you hire to install, maintain, check or remove a gas fire or any other gas appliance is on the Gas Safe Register.

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Electric fires are generally very safe and are easy to install and operate, making them increasingly popular in British homes. They require very little maintenance and usually operate efficiently for many years without any problems; however, as with all electrical appliances, you should bear in mind the following safety tips when using your electric fire.

Only buy accredited models

Any new electric fire you purchase should have a European or British safety mark. It is unlikely that you will find a fire in any major retailer without this mark these days, but it is always worth checking. Ask your retailer if you can't see what you are looking for.

Check wiring regularly

If you haven't used your fire for a while or have moved into a home with an electric fire, conduct a check of the wiring and plug. There shouldn't be any signs of wear and tear on the wire, so look for fraying or any other damage. Check the plug and make sure there are no scorch marks around the plug socket.

Never overload sockets

Overloading plug sockets is all too common as we try to cram all our electrical appliances and accessories into a convenient place. If possible, always plug your electric fire into a wall socket rather than using an extension plug or adaptor. If the nearest plug socket to your fire is already in use, it might be a good idea to get an electrician to add another socket specifically for your fire. This is usually a fairly simple and inexpensive job and can make your life much easier in the long run!

Unplug your fire when not in use

As with all these tips, this goes for most electrical appliances. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines when you purchase a new appliance and follow their advice to help you save energy and minimise the risk of a fire.

Don't use timer plugs

Many modern electric fires have handy settings that enable you to programme your fire and have it come on when you want. These are perfectly safe to use and can make life much more comfortable and convenient, especially in very cold periods; however, you shouldn't use your fire in conjunction with a timer plug. These are not intended to be used with electric fires, so avoid them.

If you are thinking of purchasing an electric fire and need any advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is always happy to help.

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With so many types of fireplace to choose from, you might be confused about the best option for your home. In many cases, it is simplest to stick with what you already have and replace your old fire with a similar type. If you have a gas fire and fancy a change, however, or are installing a fire in a room where there is not one already, here are some reasons why electric might be the way to go.

Huge choice of designs

There are literally thousands of electric fires available for you to choose from. Whether your tastes are classic and you favour traditional fireplaces or you want something contemporary to complement your modern decor, you will find your perfect match.

Easy installation

Electric fires are incredibly easy to install and many models simply need plugging in. You can be enjoying the warmth and ambience of your new fire in a matter of minutes! Electric fires do not require a chimney, making them perfect for smaller rooms or modern homes that were built without a working chimney. You often don't even need a fireplace, so you can locate your fire in the most convenient spot for you.

Simple to use

Electric fires are designed to be easy to use and most can be operated at the flick of a switch. Many newer models even come complete with a remote control so that you can adjust the temperature and display from anywhere in the room - you don't even need to leave the sofa! Fires with thermostats are also useful, as they sense the temperature of your room and keep your home at your ideal heating level. This helps to prevent energy waste and keeps you comfortable at all times.

They are energy efficient

When you buy any new fire, you should easily be able to find out the energy efficiency rating of your chosen model. Choosing a highly rated electric fire helps to cut out energy waste and reduces your bills at the same time; in addition, it is better for the environment. Most electric fires give you the option of having the living flame display on even when the fire is not giving out any heat, which means you can add a warm and welcoming feel to your room at negligible cost. With gas fires, it is necessary to turn the heat on to get the same attractive display.

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Wooden fireplaces are incredibly popular at the moment, and for good reason. Wood, particularly oak, which is commonly used in fireplace surrounds, simply never goes out of style. It complements any decor, any colour scheme and any type of property. Whether you have a period home or a contemporary residence, wood is a timeless choice for a fire surround. The natural warmth and attractive appearance of wood work perfectly in all homes.

Rustic Wooden Fireplaces

If you favour a low-key, more rustic style, wood is the perfect choice for a fireplace. You might prefer something a little less polished in order to complement your natural and less formal style, so look for plain, chunky fireplaces without too much detail. If your ideal home style is rustic and laid-back, avoid anything with intricate carved detail or a high-sheen finish. Accessorise your wooden fireplace with a few large white pillar candles for a welcoming, cosy look.

Contemporary Wooden Fireplaces

If your property is a modern one, or at least has been renovated to look as such, you might want something fairly minimal with clean lines. If you have a carefully put together room and don't want your new fireplace to dominate its surroundings, opt for a compact and unobtrusive fireplace. Modern fireplaces look great with a few simple accessories - perhaps a silver picture frame or a sleek vase in a neutral colour.

Statement Wooden Fireplaces

If you like to make a statement with your fireplace - if you have a large room, for example, and want something to act as a focal point of your space - a wooden fireplace is a great way to do this. Wood is such a versatile material that it lends itself very well to all manner of styles. If you are looking for a statement fireplace, you might not feel that wood is dramatic enough. Of course, any large fireplace is going to act as a statement piece, but why not consider an intricate carved design? While these are not to everyone's taste, in large spacious rooms they can work incredibly well. Make sure they don't overpower the room, though, and be sure they will complement the rest of your decor. More intricate and detailed fireplaces don't tend to need much accessorising, as they already make a statement on their own, but a couple of plain picture frames or plants will do the job if you want to break up the fireplace a little.

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High efficiency gas fires take advantage of the latest technological developments to deliver effective heating to your home with less energy wastage. Older gas fires are likely to be far less efficient than newer models, which is bad news for your bank balance and for the environment. Simply updating your gas fire can deliver instant savings on your gas bill and help you to heat your home for less.

Save money with a high efficiency gas fire

Simply replacing your older gas fire with a modern, energy-efficient model could help you to make big savings on your energy bills. While you will, of course, have to factor in the cost of your new fire, the reduced fuel costs over time will offset this initial outlay. High efficiency gas fires are particularly useful in homes in which you regularly want to heat just one room rather than heating the whole property with central heating.

Reduce fuel wastage

Many modern gas fires are up to 100 per cent efficient in their use of gas, meaning nothing is wasted. You might not consider that every time you use your older gas fire you are wasting gas, but this is precisely what happens in many cases. By replacing an outdated model, you can achieve the same level of heating with considerably less gas much of the time. Our high efficiency gas fires are all labelled as such, both in store and on our website, so you will be able to check the energy credentials of your chosen model before you buy.

Attractive, modern designs

Gas fires have come a long way in recent decades and you are sure to find a style, size and price point to suit you. Modern gas fires can be installed quickly and easily by a registered professional and can enhance the feel of any room. The right fire can be the focal point of your room, meaning it benefits its surroundings even when it is not in use. Whether you prefer traditional hearth-style fires or are drawn to more contemporary glass-fronted fires, you will find the right high efficiency gas fire for you in our vast collection.

If you would like to know more about our high efficiency gas fire range, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us via phone or email at any time or can pop into one of our North West showrooms to see our fires in action.

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Wood burner maintenance

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If you have invested in a wood burning stove, you probably love how low maintenance and efficient it is; however, even the most efficient stoves need a little TLC from time to time, and when better than at the end of a long, cold winter? Maintaining your stove is easy, but you need to do it fairly regularly if you want to keep your wood burner in top condition. Here are some simple tips to help you take care of your wood burning stove.

What you will need

You won't need all these items every time you inspect your stove but having them all to hand will save you time and effort when your stove needs a thorough spring clean. You should have a stiff brush, appropriate oil and a brush, stove glass cleaner, appropriate stove paint, an old towel or rag, steel wool, and heavy-duty stove cleaner.

Removing rust and dirt

If you don't have any rust, you can move on to the next step. To remove rust, simply rub it away with steel wool. Make sure you remove all rust and any loose paint or other debris before you paint your stove. Next, clean dirt from the stove using a brush or cloth and appropriate cleaner.

Cleaning the stove window

Sooty windows in a stove can be a sign that the stove is not working as efficiently as it could. Clean the window using a suitable stove glass cleaner and a cloth. Some cleaners will require you to leave them to work for a number of minutes before wiping away. Follow the instructions supplied with your particular product, wiping the cleaner away with a cloth when it is time.

Painting your stove

Stove paint is readily available and is a fantastic way to both protect your stove and give it a makeover. Your stove needs to be completely clean and dry - and, of course, cold - before you can paint it. Take your time painting and apply the paint in thin layers. One layer should be enough if you are simply doing a touch-up job.

Give your stove a health check

Your stove should be looking a lot better now, but it is still a good idea to check all the finer details. Check the seal is in good condition and that it is performing correctly. You can check the seal by lighting a small fire and closing the door and air intake supply. Hold a lit match outside the door and observe whether it flickers - if the flame is drawn towards the door, this indicates your seal needs replacing.

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A well-chosen fireplace is the focal point of any room, so choosing a new fire surround is an important task. While the best option for you will depend on the age, style and size of your home, stone is a great choice in many cases. Whether you prefer striking granite or classic marble, adding a stone surround to your existing fireplace - or completely overhauling the whole thing - can be a worthwhile investment in your home.

Stone is a timeless option and complements a wide range of decor styles and colours. Here are just some of the benefits of opting for a stone fireplace surround in your home.

Durability

A stone fireplaces will last and last. Think of all those old stone fireplaces you have seen in stately homes or period properties - in many cases, a stone fireplace will last as long as the property it is installed in. A properly installed stone fireplace will remain looking good with very little maintenance other than occasional cleaning. There is no need to worry about scratches or chips in your fire surround, as stone can stand up to an awful lot of knocks and scrapes without signs of damage.

Appearance

A stone fireplace has a timeless appeal that will never date, providing you choose a classic design. If longevity is important to you, steer away from overly contemporary styles that will look out of date after a few years and stick with more subtle designs in neutral tones. While some modern granite surrounds are extremely attractive and eye-catching, they might not necessarily suit as wide a range of decor as more traditional designs.

Added value

A fireplace is often considered a permanent feature of a home, so splashing out on a high-quality and attractive stone surround that complements the overall style of your property could add value in the long run. As the focal point of your living room, an eye-catching fire could even sway undecided buyers and really make your property stand out from the crowd.

Retain heat

A stone fire surround can retain more heat from your lit fire than other types of surround. This means it can actually help to keep your room warmer for longer and will even continue to give off warmth after the fire has been turned off or extinguished. Your room will be gently warmed by the stone.

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There are so many options when it comes to picking the perfect fireplace or fire for your home - so much so that the choice can seem bewildering. Here we consider what factors you need to bear in mind when creating the right look and ambiance in your living space.

While many of us are driven by aesthetic considerations when shopping for a fire, there is no reason you can’t combine pure good looks with excellent usability and efficiency - provided you are prepared to do a modicum of research.

If you have central heating in your property, you are likely to be looking for a secondary heat source that can be utilised for a swift dash of extra warmth during the colder months or a fire that will work well in tandem with underfloor heating, for example.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want an open fire or one with a glass frontage. While open fires undoubtedly inject a real sense of cosiness into any room, they are not very fuel efficient, require decent ventilation, and can be quite smoky.

A wood burner will provide an impressive flame coupled with a high level of heat efficiency; alternatively, if you are looking for the atmosphere that a flame adds to an environment but do not want the hassle involved with burning wood or other fuels, a gas fire could be a great fit for you. There are lots of models that offer highly-realistic coal or log fuel beds and the benefit of being able to control the flame and heat to your exact specifications, often via remote control.

Designs can fall anywhere between the starkly contemporary and the very traditional; in addition, they can be built in or freestanding, depending on your needs.

One obvious plus point of wood burning stoves and gas fires is that they do not need mains electricity to work. This means that should you experience a power cut, you will still be able to keep at least one room in your home nice and warm.

If you are working on a large-scale home renovation or new-build project, you should try to make your decision about heating as soon as possible. Certain options may require a chimney or even an inglenook; therefore, settling on a heating scheme early on will leave you with the widest range of options from which to choose.

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