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Do you have to inset a fire into a fire surround are there any other options?

April 20, 2011

In some cases you may be looking to simply use your fireplace as a focal decorative part of your home, and not as a primary source of heat. In such a circumstance you may decide to place ornaments or candles in the centre of your fire surround rather than an insert gas or electric fire.

Conventional fireplaces

Conventionally gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces alike are made up of a fire surround with an inset fire. The fire can be varied as it simply fits into a standard 16.25 inch wide x 22.25 inch high opening. Hence, the opening cut out can be used to inset virtually any fire in the market

Important points to note

1. In most cases the back panel of your fire is not seen, and for that reason is manufactured in a rough manner. If you will be placing an ornament or candles in the cut out then the you should clearly specify this when ordering and ask for the inner cut out to be polished and left neat as this area will be exposed

2. To create the effect shown below you will need to have a chimney or cavity within the wall. This sort of effect cannot be created on a flat wall. It is possible to build out a stud wall in the room which will act like a false chimney breast if you really want to create this effect

3. If you are not having a fire, then it would be a nice touch to specify fireplace down lights. At Creative Fireplaces, all our marble fire surrounds are made to order, and it is possible to have down lights fitted in all our designs (please remember to specify when ordering.