Come home to a roaring fire this winter

Advice on choosing the perfect fireplace for your home

Rachel Wakefield

Now the clocks have gone back there’s no denying that summer is officially over and that winter is on its way.

Recently you may have smelled something in the air - the evocative smell of wood smoke.

As the weather gets colder you can’t beat coming home from a crisp winter walk to a steaming mug of soup in front of a roaring fire.

However, if you’re thinking about installing a fireplace for winter it’s important to make sure you choose the right one for your home.

Traditional Fireplaces

Fireplaces can give a room an elegant appearance. Classic materials such as stone, or beautifully designed mantelpieces and frames can enhance their appeal and make the fireplace into a real feature. If you live in an older property, chances are you still have a fireplace in the main living area. However, before lighting it up for the first time it is crucial to get it checked over and cleaned by a chimney sweep – chimney fires are a real risk at this time of year.

Freestanding Heaters

Freestanding wood and gas heaters or wood-burning stoves have become very popular in recent years, as there is a huge selection of cost-effective, high-quality products available. Compared to the traditional fireplace these are straightforward to install from scratch, as all you need is a chimney or flue.

The freestanding fireplaces heat up quickly, making them ideal for those who work during the day and wish to heat their homes in the evening, but they can also be used for continuous heating.

Gas Fireplaces

A real fire burning wood or coal might be picturesque and produce that lovely smoke smell, but they are more than a little messy.

Using natural gas eliminates the need to clear up ashes, and is also a lot cheaper than ordering in the wood needed for the winter. It also creates a much cleaner burn, cutting down on air pollution. Another benefit is that many gas fireplaces don’t need a chimney, meaning they can be installed in most homes.

Electric Fires

If neither a wood-fuelled or gas-fuelled fire is suitable for your home, the electric fire might be perfect for you – particularly if you live in an apartment, as they can just plug in.

Modern electric fires are attractive and safe, especially so for children as the fireplace, even though it is inviting, is always safe and cool to the touch.

Electric fires easily fit with your home decor, choose either a traditional or modern look.

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