Friday, 27 August 2010
We at Fires/Fireplaces/Stoves are proud to be among the first to publish the latest exciting release from Apex: The Devotion Electric Fire.
The Apex Devotion Electric Fire comes from one of the UK's up and coming fire suppliers Apex, and they have designed this electric fire ideally for rooms with smaller proportions as the fire itself measures 25inches in width.
Compact in dimensions but easily competing with larger fire for heat output, functionality and design. The Apex Devotion has a maximum heat output of 2kW, and a low setting whereby 1kW of heat is emitted. The Apex electric fire also has the optional setting for flame effect only, where the stunning log fuel bed effect and unique led flame effect can be displayed without expelling any heat.
Apex have taken the LED technology they have honed on previous models and applied the energy saving lighting with fantastic results, including it not only within the new log fuel bed and flame effects, but also incorporating into the side lighting that is a great feature to the Devotion.
The side lighting allows a range of lighting effects, yellow, blue and purple side/back lighting can be opted for to suit or create mood lighting as and when desired. The lighting not only sets a mood but also highlights the design quality and finesse of the curved black mirrored glass fascia that frames the unique and appealing fire itself.
Apex also supply the Devotion with a state of the art battery operated remote control, which has the option to control the electric thermostatically controlled fire and the LED Fuel effect and back lighting too.
This fire is surely set to be another top seller for Apex, and it won't be long before all of us within the fireplace industry recognize and respect the electric fire named the Devotion.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Every model of the Aga Little Wenlock range utilises the latest clean-burn technology to maximise efficiency and reduce the amount of unburnt carbon being released into the atmosphere.
The elegant cast-iron panels of these Aga Stoves are individually moulded in a hand-finished cast that allows Aga to create an exquisitely detailed and quality finish that has become the trademark of Aga stoves.The Wenlock stoves come in a high-quality cast matt finish. These Aga stoves are made out of cast iron, a material renowned for its heat retention propreties. This means that even long after the embers have died away the cast iron stove will still be emitting heat out into the room.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
At first glance these products display contemporary design attributes and chic finishes, and look very similar, apart from the dimensions that is.
The Matchless 600 is the larger of the two as the names figures suggest, it is squarer in appearance and comes with the beautiful log with bark and embers fuel bed effect which creates a rustic and realistic look.
The Matchless 400 being the smaller fire still delivers style and quality as the 600 model but is more landscape in appearance. The The Matchless 400 comes with the choice of black quartz, white pebble or the realistic log fuel bed effect, (the pebbles and quartz both being supplied as standard).
Matchless Fires have given the option to alter the trim these fires and they both come with infrared fully sequential remote controls which adds to the overall quality finish of these high quality, high efficiency (84%) fires.
Suitable for fitting within chimneys only, (they can be used with class 1 or class 2 chimneys) and designed for natural mains gas use only and are available from only the highest quality online retailers.
Burley Fires produce a large range of gas and electric fires in both contemporary and traditional styling. The gas fires all feature a catalytic converter system that means no Burley Fire requires a chimney or flue, merely a vent in the room and a minimum room size. While the electric fires feature a realistic virtual flame effect and some fires feature a remote control as standard.
Burley introducted the fixed, flueless gas fire to Great Britain in 1999. Although these types of fires are still a relatively new concept into the UK, there are over 60 million of this type of catalytic gas fire in the US, Japan and Austrailia combined. Burley flueless gas fires offer a level of efficiency, convienience and safety which simply cannot be matched by conventionally flued fires.
We have entered an time of spiralling gas prices, gas shortages, economic instability and global warming. It would be short-sighted and unsustainable to continue wasting energy at such a rate when Burley offer an alternative product which is superior to flued fires in a number of ways.
The Burley Ambience is a great example of the quality flueless gas fires that Burley produce, this traditionally styled gas stove features a realistic log fuel effect and provides an impressive 3.5kW heat output, which is more than enough to heat the minimum room space of 40m3, as this is a flueless gas stove it does require ventilation somewhere in the room of at least 100cm2.
Friday, 13 August 2010
The Fireplace Megastore offers a brilliant range of electric fires, either to replicate the look and feel of a traditional gas or solid fuel fire but also a range of contemporary fires such as the Bemodern Arizona.
The Bemodern Arizona is a Glass fronted hang on the wall electric fire which is available in 2 sizes either the adequately sized 36inch or in a stunning 42inch version at additional cost.
The Arizona features LED lights that are incredibly energy efficient and are able to produce a variety of colour effects in 3 stages. You can change the colour to suit your mood and create the perfect ambience with this wall mounted electric suite. The Arizona features a stunning and brand new innovative flame effect with colour changing LEDs that really grab attention. This contemporary fire also features a Thermostatically controlled Remote control as standard that allows you to change the Heat and Light settings from the comfort of your chair.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
These four simple steps should allow you to light your wood burning stove and operate the stove for maximum efficiency.
Open all air controls fully
Scrunch and roll up some newspaper and place it at the back of the stove, then carefully place a small amount of tinder or kindling over the newspaper and then cover this with some slightly larger pieces of wood. Then light the fire and close the door.
This stage is conventionally the smokiest stage of lighting a fire. This is because the stove is cold, the wood is cold, this draws all the heat out of the fire. All air controls are open to allow more air to the fire and produce a hot flame. This hot flame primes the chimney and helps produce the strong draft and drive the moisture out of the firewood, both required for an efficient fire.
Allow this small starter fire to burn until all the wood is burning well. After this is possible to slowly add more pieces of wood.
It is essential, for the burning of an efficient fire, not to add too much fuel at once or make large changes to the air controls. Adding too much fuel can dramatically reduce the temperature of the fire and stove and release more smoke, which is wasted combustion materials and allow them to simply escape up the chimney. Gradual changes will help the fire burn more smoothly and efficiently.
Once the fire is well established then the bottom air controls can be closed, allowing all the air to controlled from the top, this will help burn the wood more efficiently while also affording better control of the burn rate. The bottom air controls should remain closed once the stove is up and running but if the fire is left to burn and burns down to a low level then the bottom air controls may be reopened in an attempt to relight the fire. This is because wood burns more efficiently when air is supplied from above the firebed rather than beneath it, this allows the volatile gases from the wood to adequately mix with the oxygen to produce and efficient burn.
Small, fiercly burning fires are hotter than a large smoldering fire as a wood fire releases more heat when the fire has a bright flame. The agitated state of the flames of a bright fire allows a more efficient mixing of combustible gases that are released from the wood and the fresh air, producing a more efficient burn.
The slow smoldering burn of a large fire releases large amounts of thick, dense smoke, this potential heat energy then either escapes up the chimney to pollute the outside air or clings to the side of the chimney. A wood burning fire should be bright with an agitated flame throughout the burn cycle until reduced to ask.
A wood burning fire works most efficiently between approximately 150°C and 350°C which provides the most efficient burn rate compared to hea output while also being the most economical and safest temperature operating range. Too low and the volatile combustion gases may condense on the cool chimney walls forming tar like deposits, these deposits can then quickly build up and ignite, starting a dangerous chimney fire. While over 300° a large amount of heat will be lost up the chimney and the excessive temperatures may cause damage to the stove resulting in cracking or ignite an existing build up of tar like deposits in the chimney.
People who have owned previous generations of wood-burning stove will know the stereotypical look of a wood burning stove, small squat cast iron block sitting in the fireplace with a small viewing window offering limited if not poor visibility of the impressive wood fire inside.
The Firebelly FB1 is unlike traditional stoves with an impressively large viewing window and modern design featuring an unique airwash system that helps keep the large viewing window clean. The well propotioned stove available in a range of colours, Charcoal, Pewter, Matt Black and Metallic Black which provides maximum flexibility to fit in with most living spaces.
The heat reflective brick lining of the FB1 keeps the firebed at an optimum temperature and allowing the wood to burn more efficiently with a maximum heat rating of 6kW and efficiency of up to 78%. A solid fuel kit is also available for this fire, allowing the flexibility of burning coal or charcoal briquettes while convection channels either side of the fire allow more heat to be evenly distributed throughout the roon. Intuitive controls and a stay cool handle also mean this stove is simple and easy to operate.
The clean unbroken vertical lines of the legs add vertical definition to a stove which sterotypically is a squat little thing, while the large viewing window dominates the front of the stove, affording the maximum possible view of the fire inside. The clean and uncluttered design of the fire also breaks from traditional cast iron fires that may feature decorative details cast into the side of the fire, the convection channels either side of the fire box circulate warm air are discreetly hidden either side of the fire so as not to distract from the crisp lines and clean design of the stove, and with 18 different colours to choose from, you can truly make the FB1 match your home or make it a true focal point by using a colour such as Shimmering Rose (Right)
The Firebelly FB1 is also available with a logbox which raises the height of the stove by 300mm to create a convientient and safe storage location for logs. The design of the logbox is in keeping with the clean and efficient design of the fire and simply bolts onto the bottom of the stove.
The Firebelly FB1 and rest of the Firebelly range is now available from The Stove Megastore
Carron offer a brilliant range of fireplace surrounds in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles and finishes to make sure that there is one that is perfect for your home. Carron have made sure that each fireplace is unique with its original detailing and stylish features to complement the fire that has been chosen.
One of the finest surrounds that Carron offers is the Buckingham cast iron surround which features intricate detailing throughout the header and the legs that show the true quality of the material and the work that has gone into it. The Buckingham is one of the largest surrounds that Carron has to offer with a top shelf of 1730 mm which makes it more suitable for a large room.
Carron have some of the finest materials available with their surrounds such as solid oak, solid pine, cast iron, sheesham and solid acacia. These materials ensure that the surrounds supplied by Carron are amongst the best currently available in the UK.
Some of the more contemporary designs are mainly available in hardwood and come with simple clean designs that would suit any room. One of the best contemporary hard wood surrounds is the Vermont which is made from natural solid sheesham which provides a traditional feel to a contemporary styled surround.
One of the most unique surrounds that Carron has to offer is the Somerset Cast Iron because it is capable of adjusting the legs to change its opening width from anywhere between 940 mm -1020 mm. This feature is extremely useful when selecting a fire because it provides a lot more freedom of choice and also helps when installing the fire so that it fits perfectly into the surround.
All of the surrounds that Carron supply are available with a black granite hearth in a variety of different sizes and also with the options of a tongue and also a slabbed hearth which is required with a solid fuel fire.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Carron are one of the leading British manufacturers by using traditional methods to create some of the finest cast iron products currently available in the UK. The cast iron inserts that Carron produce are available in a wide variety of traditional designs and finishes to complement the quality of the product.
One of the best cast iron inserts that is available from Carron is the Celtic Arch which is available in 4 different polished finishes and comes in a traditional Victorian arched design to suit any home. The Celtic Arch is also available with a choice between a natural gas or an LPG fire as well as a solid fuel option all of which are suitable for a class 1 & 2 chimney.
Each of the cast iron surrounds available from Carron are provided with a black granite hearth available in a variety of sizes and also available with options of a tongue and a slabbed hearth for solid fuel fires.
Carron have created some of the most unique fireplaces available with intricate detailing throughout the insert. The best example of this would be the Carron Rococo Cast Iron insert which features rococo styling in the arch with precise detailing. The styles that Carron have incorporated into their fireplaces range from Georgian designs circa 1840 to late Victorian design circa 1905 which truly shows the tradition of Carron.
A lot of Carron cast iron inserts are available with tile options so that you can customise the look of the fireplace to how you want it. There is a large variety of tiles that have been made available by Carron to make sure that you can choose exactly the one you want. A number of these tiles can also be purchased so that they can be changed to suit your room if you redecorate or simply fancy a change.
Carron cast iron inserts are a quality product and some of the finest cast iron inserts available, they are currently available from the Fireplace Megastore.
This rich and warm dark colours of the American Walnut would be prefectly complimented with the Black Granite Hearth and back panel. The deep black colour of the granite brings out the almost red colourings of the American Walnut and highlights the natural wood grain patterns.
For an even more contemporary touch this fire is available with optional downlights with a 25mm rebate, these would really add a contemporary touch with the downlights illuminating the back panel, hearth and fire and further drawing the eye to this stunning focal point.
Please note the above image features the Bemodern Sensation and not the Flavel Windsor Contemporary HE,
Image displays surround in American Walnut with Black Granite Heath & Back Panel
Monday, 9 August 2010
When purchasing a gas fire you will see a number of fires with HE or High Effiency in the title, but what is the difference between these and the normal ones? and how does a fire get HE or High Efficiency in the title?
But what is the difference between a normal and a HE fire?
The second is a convector box, this is a channel that goes around the back of the firebox, allowing cold air to be drawn in at the bottom of the fire, warmed as it travels around the back of the fire and then allowed to leave at the top of the fire. This utilises the natural convection of air to circulate the heat around the room. The glass front also holds the hot air from the fire for longer allowing more of the heat to be transferred to the air circulating around the back and increasing the efficiency further.
Friday, 6 August 2010
The Kinder Fires Passion HE Hole-In-The-Wall gas fire is a highly contemporary gas fire, available in Champagne or Polished Silver, The Passion is suitable for class 1 or 2 chimney or flue has a high 87% efficiency rating and develops 4.3kW of heat energy from the dancing flame effects on either coal or pebbles. The Kinder Passion is a glass fronted, natural gas fire that comes as standard with a Flame Supervision Device that will turn the gas supply off if the fire goes out or becomes unstable and a fully automatic remote control. This fire is semi-inset into the wall and has a protrusion of 110mm into the room, with an inset depth of 70mm. The frame takes influence from the Bauhaus and Cusit movements, using strong lines and sharp contrast to draw the eye into the fire in the center and become a focal point of the living space.
The Revolution is a Glass-fronted, high-efficiency fully inset gas fire from Kinder Fires. It is incredibly efficient with an efficiency rating worth boasting about at 93% and producing 4.3kW of both radiant and convected heat to to help take that wintry edge off and create an warming ambiance in most sized living rooms. The Kinder Fires Revolution comes with a plain effect black fire back and features a full-depth, realistic coal fuel effect. The Revolution is available in Brass, Silver, Brushed Steel or Black, in either standard, Chamfered or Cast Iron finishes, these finishes compliment the variety of frets available with the fire, also available in Silver, Brass or Black. This highly efficient fire is only available running on natural gas with either manual control or a fully automatic remote control. The Kinder Fires Revolution is a balanced flue fire, designed for homes without a chimney or flue but have access to an external wall, the fire also comes with the Flame Supervision Device as standard to cut the gas supply if the fire goes out or becomes unstable. With the large variety of trim and frets this fire is ideal for any living room as it can have either a more traditional or contemporary look depending on the finish and fret detail.
The Kinder Fires Concept is an open-fronted, hole-in-the-wall style fire which is also available to go onto a hearth, suitable for a class 1 or 2 chimney or flue. This modernist fire features a dancing flame natural gas flame on a realistic log fuel effect in front of a contemporary reflective curved black interior, this helps emphasis the flame effect in the center and adds to the quality feel of the fire. The Kinder Fires Concept Gas Fire comes standard with a sequential, battery operated remote control and is available with either Black sides and silver fret edgings or with silver sides and edgings. The adjacent image displays the Kinder Fires Concept fire with Silver sides and Fret edgings, this creates a very modernist fire with the two vertical silver pieces framing the fire and making the flames and realistic log fuel effect the focal point of the fire.
Another stunning Hole-In-The-Wall style fire from Kinder Fires is the Proclaim Hole-In-The-Wall fire running on natural gas. This stylish and contemporary gas fire is suitable for class 1 chimney or 400mm, 4” lined or twin wall flue, The Proclaim is also available in a balance flue version for households who do not have a chimney or flue. Both the High-Efficiency, conventional flue and the balanced flue versions are glass fronted with the HE version giving out 4.3kW of heat and the balanced flue version emitting 5.5kW of heat. Both these fires have the benefit of emitting both radiant and convected heat which helps the warm air circulate around the room and create the sought after effect of sitting in front of a warm fire. The fires are both available in either Black & Stainless Steel or Bronze & Champagne with the balanced flue fire also available in All Black, The Proclaim can either feature a Cream or Black fire back with a realistic log fuel effect and comes standard with a fully automatic remote control.
Kinder Fires also produce the Kinder Fires Camber, this inset gas fire runs on natural gas and is suitable for class 1 or 2 chimneys and flues, both precast and prefabricated. The Kinder Fires Camber is available in Champagne trim with a Cream ribbed back or in Silver with either a Black or Cream ribbed fire back with a pebble fuel effect. This fire features a stainless steel burner for exceptional reliability and performance, generating 3.3kW of radiant heat and can be upgraded with a fully automatic remote control. This contemporary inset fire combines simple and effective design with impressive performance and reliability to ensure maximum value for money.
The Cameo is another quality fire that is produced by Kinder Fires, The stunning Hole-In-The-Wall, High-Efficiency, Balanced Flue fire running on natural gas comes with a ultra-realistic log fuel effect that showcases the dancing flame effect. Much like the Kinder Fires Caesar, the Cameo features a Flame Supervision device to shut off the gas supply if the fire becomes unstable or goes out. The Kinder Fires Cameo is available in Black & Black, Black & Silver or Bronze & Champagne with each of these available with either a Black or Cream ribbed fire back and features a hand held remote control as standard. This High Efficiency gas fire develops 4.2kW of maximum heat output. The stylish two-colour designer frame helps draw attention to the realistic dancing flames in the center and help make this Hole-In-The-Wall gas fire the focal point it deserves to be and ideal for any modern living space, particularly in a property where there isn't the space for a traditional fireplace and surround.
A great example of a balanced flue gas fire from Kinder Fires is the Kinder Fires Limours Balanced Flue Gas Fire. The Kinder Limours is Kinder's first example of a dedicated balanced flue gas fire. This fire can be run on LPG or natural gas and features a balanced flue system, this makes the fire suitable for properties without a chimney or flue but do have an exterior wall for the fire to be flued through. This glass fronted fire is 79% efficient and gives out 4.2kW of heat while featuring a stylish rock aggregate fuel effect with safety features such as the Flame Supervision Device and Oxygen Depletion Sensor.The advantage of this fire is it can be hung on the wall to minimise building work or can be fully inset with an additional frame. The Limours is finished in a modern and contemporary graphite finish with minmalist Stainless Steel Frame to break up the solid graphite finish and add to the modernist feel.
Oasis High Efficiency
The Oasis HE is a high-efficiency, glass-fronted fire from Kinder Fires. The Oasis HE is 89% efficient and develops 4kW of both convected and radiated heat, this fire runs on natural gas and is suitable class 1,2 and prefabricated flues and chimneys. Featuring a realistic coal fuel effect and with ten different trims to choose from and sixteen frets, there are 160 total ways to style this fire and even more choice with the optional slide or automatic remote control. The Kinder Fires Oasis, with the 160 different ways to design this fire could be styled to suit most living spaces with traditional or contemporary furnishing.
This stunning piece of fireplace design is the my favourite of the Kinder range and it is the Kinder Fires Eden HE Hole-In-The-Wall Gas fire. This fire features a dancing flame effect on either contemporary white stones or traditional log fuel effect behind a glass front. Designed to be a contemporary and minimalist fire, The Kinder Fires Eden comes as standard without a trim, preserving the minimalist design although Slimline and Deluxe metal trims are available, with the slimline trim offering a simple polished metal frame or the deluxe trim using four separate pieces of polished metal to frame the fire and create a mode cubist feel. The Eden develops 5.2kW of heat energy running on Natural Gas or LPG and is suitable for a class 1 or 2 chimney or flue. Much like other fires in the Kinder range such as the Passion HE or the Caesar the Eden features a Flame Supervision Device and an Oxygen Depletion Sensor.
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Broseley have all the tools necessary to research, develop and construct high quality stoves time and time again and never fail to deliver the best product possible time and time again.
Most recently Broseley Fires have released 3 stunning additions to their comprehensive range, 2 of which are balanced flue versions of already highly successful stoves, the Canterbury stove and the Lincoln stove.
Broseley fires have also introduced an electric version of the supremely desirable Serrano 3 cast iron stove.
The appearance of these stoves alters only slightly to the multi fuel and or conventional flue models, the main reason for expanding the already successful range of stoves is so that homes without a class 1 chimney or class 2 prefabricated flue can have access to such outstanding cast iron products.
Basic hint...if you can smell gas its not good!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
If you do not have a chimney at the property, but do have an exterior wall where the fire is to be situated then a balanced flue would more than likely be ideal for your needs.
The balanced flue gas fire system was invented in Holland during the 1930's by Drugasar engineers, and this system has since been adopted by numerous companies as it results in an energy efficient fireplace that is safer to and more reliable than traditionally flued fireplaces.
The balanced flue system is based around a fire that is sealed from the room itself, this means that unlike traditionally flued fires that use quite a large 'draw' of air from the room to fuel the fire, this hot air then rises up out of the chimney, reducing the amount of heat that enters the room and reducing the efficiency of the fire. Traditionally flued fires are typically around 40% efficient, which means a over half the heat generated from the fire and over half the gas burned is wasted up the chimney or flue.
Balanced flues operate by using two concentric flue pipes, the inner pipe is used to transport the exhaust gases out of the property while the outer pipe is used to draw in the fresh air, warming the fresh air as it travels through the pipe, allowing for much greater efficiency as the air is preheated and ready to burn. This flue system utilises natural air convection to draw the fresh air in , this typically gives an efficiency of at least 70%, meaning that at least 30% more gas is being converted into heat for the living room rather than being wasted up a chimney. This not only means that less heat is wasted but it also means that less money is wasted on gas that could merely be contributing to global warming.
These twin walled, concentric pipe system can allow a lot of flexibility regarding the location of the fire as bends and extentions can be added to the flue system, subject to requirements. This allows fires to be designed with large viewing windows as well as two or three sided fires such as the Drugasar Metro XTL Balanced Flue Gas Fire which allows the fire to be viewed from 3 sides and could serve as a dramatic room divider.
Balanced flue fires are available in a wide range of fires, they can be traditional inset fires such as the Flavel Raglan, this fire is designed to fit a standard opening in a fire surround, the traditional fret detailing at the front of the fire in either brass or silver would compliment a traditional wood surround and granite or marble hearth.
The Flavel Raglan develops 80% net efficiency, double that of a traditional open fire, this equates to a maximum heat output of 2.8kW, enough to nicely warm a standard sized living room. The fire also comes with a realistic coal fuel effect and a remote control as standard, this means that not only will this fire help warm the room during the cold winter months but will also harmonise with a more traditionally furnished house.
The Drugasar Metro 100 Slimline Balanced Flue Gas Fire is a very contemporary "Hole-In-The-Wall" style gas fire. As Drugasar engineers invented the balanced flue system in 1930's their balanced flue systems and fires are second-to-none with high-quality that is the signature of DRU fires, Only the best balanced flue gas fires are produced by Drugasar.
The Metro 100 is a masterpiece of simplistic design, the frameless design allows the fire itself to become the centre of attention in any room without overpowering surrounding decor, The popular letterbox format is designed to create the ultimate showcase for the flames within while The unique Vario Burner System produces tall, realistic flames for a stunning three-dimensional effect around the white pebble or twix fuel effect.
The stunning design of this fire doesnt detract from the basic use of a fire, to produce heat, this fire is 70% efficient and develops an impressive 6.5kW of heat, more than enough for most living spaces. The Metro 100 is also easy to operate and use thanks to the thermostatic remote control that allows you to adjust the flames and temperature of the room from the comfort of an armchair or sofa, this fire would look magnificent in a modern and contemporarily furnished living room.