Maintenance, Construction and Fuel. Maintenance is vital to the longevity of a product especially on wood burning, multifuel and gas products. Construction, all of these items are useful when it comes to building fires and fireplaces. Last but certainly not least is fuel. Burning the right fuel for your product can be the difference between heating your entire home and just about warming your hands, our selection of fuel has been sourced to help you get off to the right start.
Maintenance is one of those things that we all know we should do but very few of us actually get round to doing. However when it comes to real fires in real stoves, fireplaces and cookers, this can be a costly and even a deadly, yes deadly, mistake. Product performance often drops off due to poor maintenance and can lead to it not working all together. While this might begin as a minor issue, it can become a chimney fire or burst pipes in a central heating system or something much more devastating. A regular maintenance schedule, using the correct tools, will benefit your appliance as much as it will benefit you.
Also on these pages is our selection of construction items focused around the fireplace and heating industry. We have a selection of heat resistant plasters, renders, adhesives, grouts, construction boards, claddings and tiles. We also have building items like firebacks, lintels room vents, air grills and the tools/equipment you will need to use. Allowing you to buy everything you will need from one place.
Looking to create a feature wall or give your chimney breast a makeover? Maybe you have just had your new cassette or built in stove or fire installed and you want to finish it off with some flair. Our selection of heat resistant wall paper is made from crushed vermiculite granules which is then attached to back paper, creating a textured and unique surface. You can also clad your wall in a natural stone, ceramic or porcelain tile to transform your fireplace. Finally we have a selection of wall claddings which make great feature walls behind contemporary freestanding stoves. Whichever you choose we have what you need to make a feature.
Bricks and blocks are still second to none when it comes to heat resistance. Bricks can be used to create magnificent traditional brick fireplaces creations, the possibilities are essentially endless for what you can build. Blocks are a great way to construct false chimney breasts, raising hearths off the floor, creating hidden log stores and base supports for cassette and built-in stoves and fires. Our selection of concrete and clay firebacks will ensure your chimney breast is highly heat resistant, and no longer vulnerable to prolonged heat damage. We also have a selection of Otty hoods which neatly fit onto the backs and make it easier to connect into the chimney with a flexible liner and gather hood.
We also offer all the tools you might need to make alterations to an existing fireplace, or work that needs doing for a new build or installation, look no further! We have a wide array of tools for the budding builder, and what's more you can add these items to an existing order and save yourself the hassle of having to pop out to your local hardware store.
There's no with fire without fuel, and there are many fuels to burn. The quality of fuel is an important issue, the best thing you can do for your appliance in terms of upkeep and longevity will be to burn good quality, high grade fuel. Obviously this depends on the nature of the appliance in question.
Appliances with 'wood burning' in the title burn wood only and we recommend using kiln dried wood, owing to its low moisture content. Essentially the quality of the burn depends largely upon the moisture content of the wood itself, anything over 50% will make for a poor, smoky burn. This is because the energy is essentially being wasted in raising the temperature of the moisture inside the logs to create steam, which is why the smoke is thick and white. Wood with low moisture content levels however, such as kiln dried wood, will burn hot, bright and efficiently, with a greater level of energy being released as warmth and light into the surrounding area.
Appliances with 'multifuel' in the name are able to burn either wood or solid fuel, such as smokeless coal. Smokeless coal is perfect for burning on multifuel appliance, exuding a smokeless gas these coals are easy to light, clean burning and provide ample, long-lasting heat. These coals burn for a long time, even overnight, and will burn effectively in room heaters, boiler and stoves (with multifuel capabilities) alike. These are an incredibly efficient fuel source too, giving you the most burn for your buck. Some types of fuel are designed for specific uses, so check the description to make sure it is suitable for your appliance.
Bio fires combust bioethanol to produce water vapour and carbon dioxide, producing a clean and natural flame. These stoves are the future of clean burning, environmentally friendly fire, due to the fact that bioethanol is produced through the fermentation of plant material, therefore making it 'carbon neutral', and hence green. Carbon neutrality essentially means that the net carbon release of burning bio-ethanol is zero, as burning bioethanol will only release as much carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere as was originally bound up in plant sugars during photosynthesis, a complete equivalence. As opposed to other fuel sources, such as coal, which typically are producing a net addition of carbon into the atmosphere upon being burned.
Typically bio fires and gel burners are designed to give more of a decorative flame effect, with heat as a by-product and so shouldn't be relied upon as a source of primary heating. This being said, some models do have an output of up to 7kW and thanks to how clean bio fires burn, no chimney or flue is required, therefore bio fires are 100% efficient. There is a wide range of styles available with bio fires so we are sure to have something for you. The advantage of gel burners over bio fires is that the gel fuel being burnt is more viscous than bio ethanol, a liquid, and hence less likely to be spilt or splashed and is therefore less hazardous.
Pellet stoves burn small pellets of sawdust bound by lignin (a major component of plant tissues), these pellets burn with a high temperature and an incredibly high efficiency, leaving less than .5% ash residue. Naturally, the pellet stove is a miracle for the environment, using renewable fuel and producing remarkably low emissions. Pellet stoves and bio-mass and are on the increase here in the UK, wood pellets are the most common type of pellet fuel but other variations are available, such as coconut shells and empty fruit bunches. Pellets are categorised by their heating value, moisture, ash content and dimensions.
Charcoal is essentially carbonized wood, that is wood that is free of most of the components that do not contribute to a better burn. This is achieved by 'pyrolysis', put simply this is burning wood in a very low oxygen environment, permitting the removal of almost everything except carbon itself. The resultant charcoal is incredibly carbon rich, and ready to burn. We have all seen the distinctive white glow of charcoal, this indicates the charcoal is a high enough temperature to cook with. So whip out the buns and the baps, and chuck in a sausage for good measure, now you're cooking!
We also offer a selection of charcoal barbecues, perfect if you are looking to bring the kitchen outside and into the garden. The smoky taste, the novelty aprons, the unmistakable scent of summer; these are the hallmarks of a charcoal barbecue, the original outdoor oven. This selection of charcoal barbecues puts you in the driving seat, replete with latest technology for precise temperature control and high end cooking. Choose between stone, cast-iron and stainless steel models from some of the world's leading designers.
We offer a wide array of fireplace products (hence the name), including stoves, fireplace packages, suites, fires, hearths, surrounds, beams, tile sets and much, much more. If the selection in this category is too broad for your needs, try using our filters to narrow your search criteria at the side of this page, so you can find the fireplace product that’s right for you.
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