Thinking about investing in a wood burning fireplace? This type of fireplace is without a doubt one of the best investments you can make for your home, offering a low-cost method of heating along with plenty of style. Buying your first fireplace can be a little bit daunting at first, especially if you are not exactly sure what to look for and what to avoid.
To avoid wasting money or making a choice that will not provide optimal value, it is essential to have all the info you need to make an informed decision. In this mini guide, we will share some tips on what mistakes to avoid when browsing and selection wood stoves.
Avoid These Wood Burning Fireplace Mistakes
Some of the things that you don’t want to do when purchasing wood burning fireplaces include the following:
- Not considering existing structures. If you have an old fireplace already in your home, this is the simplest place to install your new fireplace. This is especially true in the case of built-in fireplaces that require sufficient structure to be placed within your wall. Using an existing brick chimney will help to reduce the cost, time and hassle of a massive installation, or doing a lot of masonry work.
- Buying the wrong size. It is also a good idea to be very sure of the size you will require. A large fireplace will work well in a larger room, but it will take up space in a small room, resulting in a cramped, uncomfortable room. Likewise, if you have a small room, a very small fireplace may not provide sufficient heat. Read our guide to calculating fireplace size to get an idea of what to consider when determining the ideal size.
- Choosing the wrong fireplace for your needs. On a similar note, it is a good idea to think carefully about your requirements. Both freestanding and built-in fireplaces have numerous advantages and considerations. Steel and cast iron also have unique properties. You may find that a classic one sided fireplace works best, or you may need a double sided or corner fireplace. Think carefully about the area where you will place the fireplace, to determine the best solution for your needs.
- Purchasing a poor quality product. One of the most important things to avoid is purchasing products that are low in quality. The best fireplaces are made in Europe by manufacturers that have specialised in their craft for many, many years. You should have a guarantee of quality in the form of a laboratory test certification. If the manufacturer is unable to provide any such assurance, it will be impossible to know if the fireplace has been made according to stringent quality guidelines.
- Forgetting about fire wood storage. While not technically part of buying the wood stove itself, it’s also a good idea to think about how you will store wood for your stove. This type of fireplace is closed combustion. It requires extremely dry wood that has not been exposed to the elements. Wood that has been left outside or allowed to have moisture seep into it will not be suitable for burning. As such, you may want to think about investing in an indoor wood rack that can hold sufficient wood to last you through the winter.
Now that you have a better idea of what not to do, we hope it will be easier to find the perfect fireplace. To view our range of high quality imported European wood burning fireplaces, browse our catalogue or contact us today for further information.