However, it is not as simple as just “getting a fire” and this is often what stops people going through with it. Surrey Fireplace experts Wakefords in Woking said “the popularity of fires and burners just goes up and up but with it come the pitfalls of getting the wrong fire and many other issues.” Costs, where to put it, chimneys, types of fires, surrounds and wood storage are all factors that need to be considered so here are some top tips on how to choose a fire and what the reality of having one is like.
Where to Start!
Real Fire VS Stove
Stoves or Burners certainly offer a safer option in terms of leaving the fire going when you got to bed for example. They are sealed and provided nothing is left close by they really cant cause any issues if well looked after. They can still be messy because the ash still needs to be emptied but they do look a lot neater. In terms of kids burners get very hot so they can just as easily burn a child. The key is to teach kids from an early age that it is hot! They are not stupid and most have a natural fear of fire and have no desire to touch either a stove or an open fire. Stoves can be very efficient in heating a room because of how the whole thing heats up rather than heat coming just from flames and they certainly smell less like a fire.
For more info about this debate try this article - https://www.countrylife.co.uk/interiors/open-fires-v-wood-burning-stoves-grate-debate-167936
Buying Stoves Online
Chimney or No Chimney
Wood and Wood Storage
- Choose a fire type you would like – consider kids, dogs, mess and the heat generated
- Get some professional advice on what is suitable in terms of type, power and size
- Check the status of your chimney by getting an expert to come and check it
- Avoid buying online unless you have a specific model number that is suitable for your home
- Pre-plan your wood buying and storage
Once you have done all of that you can put in an order and you will know it’s the right fire for your home, your family and that it will work well. Then you get to enjoy the art of learning how to start your fire and keep it burning! But that’s a story for another day...
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