How to choose a fireplace | Yeoman Stoves

How to choose a fireplace

There are many options when it comes to choosing a fireplace, so it might seem a bit daunting to begin with. Here are some simple questions to ask yourself, which should help to narrow down which is the fireplace for you.

What style do you like?

Is your room being completely redecorated, or are you choosing a fireplace to suit your existing décor? If you have a blank canvas in front of you, then you might just want to decide on the style of your fireplace based on whether you want a modern look, or a more classic room. If you have already chosen your interior design, then think about whether a contemporary stove, such as the Yeoman CL5 gas log burner, would fit your taste – or whether you need to look at a traditional design.

Do you have a chimney?

If you have a chimney, and it is suitable for your installation, your options are open to all fuel types. If you do not have a chimney, don’t panic! There are other options available to you.

If you have a chimney

Think about what fuel type most suits your lifestyle. Do you want real flames from a wood burning fire? If the answer is yes, then you can look at real wood burners such as the Yeoman Exe. This stove also offers the option of a boiler to provide domestic hot water.

Alternatively, do you want the flame-effect of a wood burner, but don’t want to stock logs or have to physically light the fire when you want to use it? Think about gas or electric options.
Gas log burners often make a great choice as they visually look almost identical to a real wood fire, but run on gas and can be switched on or off at the touch of a button. Electric wood burners make an ideal solution for ease of installation as they only require connection to the mains supply to be able to function – they offer a very realistic flame effect, and provide localised heat that can also be instantly turned on or off.

If you don’t have a chimney

Real log burners need a flue for combustion gases to escape. If you do not have a chimney, you may be able to have a flue system installed, which acts the same way as a conventional chimney. Speak to your local retailer for costs of installation, and for further information head to our useful page about the Stovax Professional XQ flue system.

Gas log burners typically need a chimney to function if they are ‘Conventional Flue’, but there is an option for homes without a chimney. Some stoves and fires, like the CL5 Highline from Yeoman, come as ‘Balanced Flue’ versions. A balanced flue gas fire negates the need for a chimney at all, so if you do not have a chimney in your home, this may be an option available to you.

Balanced flues work with glass fronted stoves and fires, and vent directly through an outside wall, using a dual walled pipe. Air for combustion is drawn in through an outer pipe, while combustion gases escape through the inner pipe. Ask your local retailer if a balanced flue stove or fire would work in your property.

The easiest option of all if you do not have a chimney is to opt for an electric stove or fire like the Exmoor. No chimney is required at all, which cuts down the cost and hassle of installation. Simple plug in, and enjoy your stove!

What size stove do I need?

Once you have decided on the style and fuel type, you can check the size of stove you can have in your room with your retailer. There are numerous factors that will affect the size of fireplace you can have in your home:
• If you are installing a stove into an existing inglenook, your installer will be considering how far away your stove is from the wall and the distance to combustibles, which may determine how large a stove you can have.
• If your stove is freestanding, your installer will be considering the general space in your room and distance to combustibles.
• In all cases, the age of your house, the condition of the windows, etc will all play a part in the heat output you need for your room to achieve a comfortable room temperature.

Your expert retailer will be able to advise on the requirements for your home.

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