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Advice On Choosing A Hole In The Wall Fire
Although often contemporary looking, hole in the wall fires have actually been around for many years. Their popularity has grown in recent years due to a number of significant changes in the way fireplaces can be installed. Traditionally hole in the wall fireplaces required a hearth to be mounted on the floor in front of the fireplace even thought it was possible to install the fireplace up in the wall. However today, selected designs have been officially test and approved to be installed without the need for a hearth.
Hole in the wall fires usually come in just two main types; gas fire insert units and self contained units. There are hole in the wall fires available for both Class 1 (typically brick built chimneys found in houses build before 1970), Class 2 (flue box/chamber connected to a 5” internal diameter pipe or flexible flue liner) and Precast flue systems. In most cases hole in the wall fires are designed for the use of gas as the fuel source. For those who do not have a chimney there are a number of wall fires available with a Power Flue or Balanced Flue option.
When choosing your hole in the wall fire it is worth considering the heat output you require. If you are using your fire as a secondary heat source alongside central heating, most fires on the market should be able to meet your requirements. However if you require your fire to be the main source of heating in your room then it is worth shopping around for the right one.
Wall fires or hole in the wall fires are particularly ideal if space is at a premium or if you do not want a traditional surround hearth. Most hole in the wall fires are positioned 3-5 feet of the floor on the wall and so they are able to free up valuable floor space. Many hole in the wall fires feature modern design and styling. They can fit well into both modern and traditional homes making a dramatic statement and adding a contemporary feel to any room. They are a real stylish alternative to any contemporary setting. Described as ‘a truly modern centerpiece for contemporary living’ the hole in the wall fire brings an added sophistication to the cosy living room fire and offers a great alternative.
Prices and designs can differ enormously. There are many fires, fuel types and finishes to choose from. Materials for hole in the wall fires include granite, marble, corian, metal and stone with brushed or polished steel amongst the popular finishes. Hole in the wall fireplaces also come in a range of materials in all shapes and sizes and many fireplace consultants will provide you with the option of a made to measure fireplace.
Whilst many hole in the wall fires do not require a hearth, it is still best to seek the expert opinion and advice of a fireplace consultant or corgi engineer prior to purchase.
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