FIREPLACE GUIDE

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Who hasn’t dreamt of having a beautiful open fire in their home - but is it the right choice? At Fireplace Superstore in Cheadle Hulme we can help you make the correct choice for your home and family. Our expertise goes way beyond what will look nice and extends to the many advancements in fire technology. For instance, our Valor gas fireplaces are laid out in an easy to view matrix, so that you can compare what different products offer and pick the one perfect for you.
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FIREPLACE GUIDE – WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Generally, fires are powered by:
  • Mains gas
  • Electricity
  • Solid fuel – coal, logs, biomass, wood pellets etc.
  • LPG
Your option for choosing a fire may begin and end here. If though like many homes in the UK you have access to electricity, gas and solid fuel (including smokeless zones), your next consideration is likely to be the availability of a chimney or flue.
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FIREPLACE GUIDE – QUESTIONS TO COME ARMED WITH FOR YOUR FIREPLACE EXPERT

1) What kind of material should my new fireplace be made from?
2) Are very expensive fireplaces really worth the money or will a more affordable option be just as suitable?
3) Based on the size of my home, do I need a fireplace to keep it warm?
4) What fireplace brands are the best?
5) Gas fireplace, electric or solid fuel? Which is best for my home?
Our team of experts at Fireplace Superstore will answer all your questions knowledgeably and honestly, ensuring you end up with the right fireplace for your home.
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Conventional Flue

Conventional flue systems are easily recognisable as either a conventional brick or stone chimney, pre-fabricated or pre-cast chimney system. Should your home have none of these at present, it is usually possible to have a pre-fabricated system installed in your home if required. 

Brick/Stone Chimney (Class 1)

The chimney stack rises well above the roofline and is topped by a traditional chimney pot or gas terminal. This type of chimney relies on the natural circulation of heating air to expel the products of combustion up your chimney. 
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Pre-fabricated Flues (Class 1 & 2) 

You will see a metal flue cowl on your roof. Some are all metal whilst others may terminate through a short rectangular pot (but without a chimney stack). These flues create the same circulation of heated air as a brick or stone chimney. 
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Pre-cast Flue (Class 2)

Many modern homes have been built with such flues. You can readily identify them by either a metal flue cowl or a raised ridge terminal on your roof. The natural circulation of heated air expels the products of combustion.

These flues tends to be very shallow in depth so a slimmer fire is often required. Deep appliances however may be able to be installed with the use of either a spacer kit or deeper rebate into the fireplace. 
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Balanced Flue (No chimney required)

Balanced flues work in conjunction with Gazco’s Glass Fronted gas stoves or fires. The appliance is completely sealed from the room into which it is installed (so there are no draughts and heating efficiency is increased) and a twin-wall pipe vents directly to an outside wall.

Air for combustion is drawn in through the outer pipe whilst the inner pipe removes the combustion gases to the exterior of the property.

Depending on the stove or fire selected, the twin-walled pipe may exit horizontally through an external wall or vertically through the roof. 
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Powered Flue (No chimney required) 

A powered flue uses an extractor unit mounted to vent the combustion gases directly outside. This means that your gas stove or fire does not have to be installed against an external wall, so it can be located in more rooms around your home. A mains electricity supply is needed to operate this system. 

FIREPLACE GUIDE - VIDEOS



Here is a video that you may find useful before buying a fireplace.

WE HOPE THIS FIREPLACE GUIDE WAS HELPFUL BUT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL IN ANY TIME AND SPEAK TO OUR FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE TEAM AT THE FIREPLACE SUPERSTORE IN CHEADLE HULME JUST OFF THE A34
0161 488 4991
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