Naturally, fireplace inserts will require a working chimney, unless you intend to install them for purely decorative purposes, in which case they can be placed into a cavity or false chimney breast. Cast iron inserts were a fixture in homes of the traditional architectural periods such as Victorian, Federation and Edwardian and distinguished by their period specific decorative features. Originally, inserts were used as the primary source of heat and included an integrated grate to burn solid fuels such as timber or coal. Inserts are still a popular choice in new and renovated homes built in the classic styles, where decorative gas burners are usually fitted to recreate the original live fire effect. You can also add a bit of style and decoration to your insert by transforming them with fireplace tiles
.. Available as part of our mix-and-match selection, here you can choose from a range of cast-iron inserts to suit your taste and home. Fascia's are often used in conjunction with a mantelpiece or surround. They contribute the first layer of decorative effect and by distancing the mantle or surround from the fireplace opening help to proportion the fireplace suite.