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Frequent Questions


What fireplace best suits the period of my house?

The Georgian period 1714-1837; fireplaces were the focal point of the room with elegant fire baskets, hob (register) grates, with decorative fronts depicting swags, urns and medallions.


The Victorian period covers 1837-1901. Early and Mid Victorian fireplaces were very ornate and ostentatious becoming slightly simpler towards the end of the period. Complete cast iron fireplaces were very popular in a wide range of styles� also fireplace inserts both arched and tiled with marble, wood or slate mantels were common.


Art Nouveau
The Art Nouveau style was popular from the early 1880�s until 1914. There were two distinct looks; sinuous, curvy lines with stylised flowers, leaves, roots, buds and seedpods and the more noticeable vertical lines and linear look of Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Arts & Crafts
The Arts & Crafts Movement, 1860-1910 was started by English designers and artists who wanted to return to well made handcrafted goods instead of mass-produced items. They shared the same ideas as Art Nouveau with an emphasis on individual designs influenced much more by nature; typical styles included butterflies, birds and stylised flowers. Copper and pewter were also popular. Famous designers include William Morris and William de Morgan.


The Edwardian style covers the period 1900-1920. At the beginning of the Edwardian period most fireplaces would still of been the typical cast iron insert with tiles, the main difference from Victorian ones being that they were much plainer with minimal decoration. Edwardian fireplaces were often tall and slender. Canopy on legs were also popular with large panels, which were set on either side of the canopy at an angle, which suited the size of the mantel. Complete tiled fireplaces became more popular later in the period.

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Will I need a hearth and what types of hearth are there available?

If you are going to use your fireplace you will need a none combustible hearth that is a minimum of 15� (380mm) deep and 2� (50mm) high. For use with solid fuel you can choose either a matt back quarry tiled hearth or slabbed (sectioned) matt black granite. If you are not going to have a solid fuel fire you can choose a one-piece slate hearth. Click here to go to hearths


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Can I choose different tiles for my fireplace?

Yes you can choose a different set of tiles from our selection or if you see some in another fireplace on our website. There may be exceptions to this when tiles are original to a fireplace it may not be possible to remove them. There may be a surcharge when choosing some tiles.

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Can I have a gas fire in an original fireplace?

Almost all of our fireplaces can have a gas fire, providing the grate isn�t too small.

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How much is UK delivery?

We have a set price of £85 charge per delivery to the UK mainland up to Glasgow and Edinburgh and £95 within the M25. Prices anywhere else on application. We also offer a personal delivery service in our own vehicles where it is possible to specify a particular date, price on application.

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How much is overseas delivery?

Overseas customers will be charged a flat rate of �300 when ordering; this is a guide only and a final adjustment will be made when we obtain a shipping quote. If for any reason the quote in not acceptable we will give a full refund .

Quotes include; packing, insurance and VAT but do not include customs and local taxes.

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How long will delivery take?

Delivery is usually within 14 days, in a lot of cases quicker.

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Is my delivery insured?

Yes all our deliveries are fully insured.

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Can you arrange shipping?

Yes we can arrange worldwide shipping at competitive rates, price on application.

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How do I look after my fireplace?

The best way of cleaning your fireplace is with a clean shoe brush, this will restore the shine. If your fireplace comes into contact with moisture, apply grate polish with a clean cloth, allow to dry then buff with a shoe brush.

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What fuels can I burn?

Traditional coal and logs.

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Can you recommend a fireplace fitter?

We can often recommend good fitters when you purchase a fireplace from us.

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Can you alter a fireplace to my specifications?

Yes we offer an alteration service where we can alter a fireplace to your specifications. Some of the more common requests may be; to change the size of a shelf, the height or depth of the fireplace, the back damper plate, ashpans and ashpan fronts. These services are only available when purchasing a fireplace from us.

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I am restoring my fireplace, do you sell spare parts?

Sorry no parts available.

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I have an opening in my wall; can I buy a fireplace to fit?

We recommend you buy a fireplace you like and then adjust the opening as required. It is not uncommon and a simple to task to alter the lintel and the size of the opening.

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How do I decide what size fireplace I need?

This is a very much a personal choice, originally fireplaces were very large and dominated the room as they were the main feature and the sole source of heat. Generally speaking if you have a room that is 12ft square you may choose a fireplace with a 36� shelf, a room 20ft x 12ft would need a fireplace with at least a 48� shelf. These are guidelines only and your ceiling height and chimneybreast need to be taken into consideration. We suggest you either draw the measurements on the wall or make a piece of cardboard to the approximate size of your chosen fireplace.

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I am planning to visit you showroom, what measurements do I need to bring with me?

The width and height of your chimneybreast and the size of your room. The fireplace you choose need to fit proportionally in the room as apposed to fitting in your existing opening.

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What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit/debit cards, cash and cheque. All cheques must be cleared before collection.

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How can I secure a fireplace?

You can secure any fireplace for 7 days with a 10% deposit, which is refundable within 7 days.


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Shipping:  For deliveries throughout England and Wales �85 and �95 within the M25  - this is a charge per delivery not per item. Please select this from your delivery options.

For the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Isle of Wight, Northern Island and the rest of the World we will advise delivery charge prior to dispatch.


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