It’s that time of year again; winter is almost upon us and autumn is nearly over, which means we can finally start to get our winter clothes out: coats, jumpers and scarves. It also means we can begin enjoying quiet nights in the living room, with our fire burning whilst watching our favourite shows on TV; it’s a time to unwind, relax and get comfy, almost as though we start to hibernate!

What this means, however, is that we need to ensure that our fireplaces are fit and ready for this winter season; an unclean, poorly kept fireplace, and even possibly a blocked chimney flue, can all spell disaster for any home preparing for chilly winter nights.

Replacing an out of date fireplace

Here at Fusion Heating, we supply a wide range of different types of fire places and stoves. The best preparation for winter could possibly be replacing an older generation of fireplace with one that is modern, in-keeping with the latest stylistic trends and, most importantly, is as safe and as environmentally friendly as possible. The exterior of your fireplace is the area you and your visitors see first; if yours is looking tatty with age or unkempt, we have the solution for you. We currently supply a variety of Marble Fireplaces, Stone Fireplaces and Cast Iron Fireplaces, depending on your stylistic tastes. These can be fitted into your home by our professional fireplace fitters, and they come in a variety of heights, widths and depths to suit your existing stove’s dimensions. Replacing the exterior of your fireplace can be a great way of updating your living space and keeping it fresh, especially at the winter time when the visitors at your home increases due to Christmas.

Replacing an old or ailing stove or wood burner.

As your fireplace ages, it can begin to show external signs of wear and tear, specifically with the stove or burner. This could be increased soot deposits causing unsightly messes on your hearth, ungainly stains on the stove or burner itself or rust and general damage. There can also be signs of wear and tear that can’t be seen, issues that can make your stove or burner unsafe for use; issues with flues can potentially be dangerous. At Fusion Heating, we supply stoves ranging from Wood Burning Stoves, Inset Wood Burners, Gas Stoves, Electric Stoves, Inset Log Burners; a variety to suit your needs and the effect you want to create in your home. You can browse our range, as well as the range of hearths that we on offer on our website, we’re sure you’ll find something that can suit you. Updating the aesthetics and the working body of your fireplace this winter, perhaps to a modern and contemporary Inset Wood Burning Stove, is a great idea to ensure your living space looks good and is safe throughout the festive period.

Tips for maintaining your fireplace

This winter, we would recommend a series of simple measures to ensure your log burning fireplace is working safely and correctly. Hiring a chimney sweeping service to ensure your chimney is clear of debris and soot is a great idea, as well as assessing any damage your chimney stack may have. We also recommend you don’t overload your fireplace, a small fire creates less smoke and ensures it doesn’t get too hot. Another good tip, especially with it being the Christmas season, is to use a fireguard to ensure protection from wayward sparks.