Category Archives: Help and Advice

What Does a Fireplace Hearth Do?

Working in the fireplace industry there are certain facts about fireplaces I tend to see as so obvious they don’t need to be explained. Every so often someone asks an unexpected question, which of course makes me wonder how many … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Safety Tips From Fire Service

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service recently issued some safety guidance in the wake of a number of house fires linked to wood burning stoves. Substantial energy price rises in recent years, coupled with the struggle to cope with … Continue reading

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Ash Disposal Tips for Open Fires and Woodburners

There’s nothing like the ambiance and comfort of a real fire, but decades of reliance on central heating seem to have left some gaps in our understanding of fire safety. I’ve seen too many news stories lately about house fires which started … Continue reading

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Real Christmas Trees – Essential Safety Tips

I recently saw the above fire safety video which gives a shocking demonstration of the dangers of a real Christmas tree catching fire. The video shows two living room fires filmed in a laboratory – the rooms are fully furnished but … Continue reading

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Want a New Woodburner for Christmas?

As we’re well into November I thought I’d better address an issue which comes up year after year – people waiting until the last minute to buy a woodburner for use at Christmas. A new woodburning stove is an important purchase, and … Continue reading

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Flat Wall Fireplace Solutions

Once upon a time every new home would be built with fireplaces for cooking and heating, but the proportion of houses built without any fireplace or chimney has been steadily increasing since the advent of central heating and introduction of … Continue reading

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Flueless Gas Fire Facts

Although flueless  gas fires are relatively new to the UK, they have been popular in other parts of the world for many years, especially Japan (approx 40 million in use), the USA (approx 20 million in use) and Australia. Flueless gas fires, … Continue reading

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