Hydrofire’s Online Flue Price Calculator

Instantly get a quote for your fireplace flue with the first calculator of its kind in the world Why endure the effort if there’s a simpler solution? That’s exactly what the Hydrofire team offers you with our online flue calculator.  Instead of the usual effort of trying to manually determine […]

Sustainable ways to keep the home cool/warm all year-round

Central heating is something many of us associate with homes in the northern hemisphere. Is it becoming more popular in SA? Yes – year on year it is becoming more popular and we are finding that clients are becoming more educated about the process. As electricity costs climb and prices […]

What Not to Burn in Your Wood Burning Fireplace

It may sound like simple logic to some, but many do not realise that a wood burning fireplace is very different from an open fireplace when it comes to how fuels are burned. You may be able to throw in paper, old wood and various other things into an open […]

The Worst Place to Install Your Built In Fireplace

Whether installed in a bedroom, living room or even a kitchen, a built in fireplace offers plenty of value to any home. This type of fireplace is installed into the wall, as the name implies. Unlike freestanding fireplaces which can be placed anywhere, these fireplaces require professional installation. In this […]

Why Invest in a Wood Burning Fireplace Before Winter?

Is it really worth investing in a wood burning fireplace before winter? One of the biggest mistakes that people make when purchasing fireplaces is assuming that winter is the best time to purchase their fireplace. In reality, this time can be the worst time. Because the majority of sales take […]

Wood Stove vs Gas Heater

If you have been thinking about investing in a wood stove for the upcoming winter, you may be wondering how this heating option compares to a gas heater or fireplace. A recent Hydrofire heating comparison helps you determine the cost of heating your home in South Africa, but what else […]

When is the Best Time to Get a Wood Burning Stove?

With the arrival of spring, now is a good time to think about getting a wood burning stove. If you assumed that winter was the best time to think about fireplaces, you may be surprised to know that this is actually the worst time. As so many people rush to […]

5 Things to Avoid When Buying a Wood Burning Fireplace

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, […]

Top Tips for Heating With Wood Stoves

Heating with wood stoves might seem the same as heating with any other type of fireplace. In fact, closed combustion fireplaces require a little bit more thought in order to get the optimal level of heating. While that doesn’t mean that they are overly completed or fussy, it simply means […]

Complicated Clovelly Fireplace Installation

Essentially this installation involved removing the existing inefficient open fireplace and replacing it with one of our cast iron built in closed combustion units. Since the space was very narrow the fireplace chosen was the Strasbourg fireplace. This unit is only 550mm wide therefore is ideal for situations where space […]

Wood Burning Fireplace Showcase: Premium Edition

The Hydrofire Premium Edition includes some of the finest wood burning fireplaces available. This range includes both free-standing and built-in models, all of which are imported from Europe. Every single fireplace at Hydrofire comes with a stringent CE certification. You will always have full peace of mind knowing that the […]

Top Tips for Choosing a Built In Fireplace

If you have been daydreaming about adding a modern built in fireplace to your home, you may be wondering how to choose a style that flawlessly integrates into your space. Whether used in the living room, dining room, bedroom or even a bathroom or kitchen, this type of wood burning […]

Enclosed free-standing fireplace

Although in many installs free-standing fireplaces are installed in open spaces where they are exposed. They can also be a great feature in a home when installed in an existing opening. One of our customers decided to replace his open fireplace with one of our free-standing Deluxe E fireplace. As […]

How Do Closed Combustion Fireplaces Differ from Open Fireplaces?

If you’re in the market for a fireplace, you may be wondering whether it is best to go with a closed combustion fireplace or an open fireplace. Aside from the obvious differences such as design, many are unsure what the difference is between these two in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness […]

Steel vs. Cast Iron Wood Burning Stoves

Until recent years, cast iron was the only choice available for wood burning stoves. Today however, homeowners are blessed with a wider variety of stove options than ever before. Both cast iron and steel stoves have advantages and disadvantages, from their appearance to their heating ability, longevity and price. Which […]

Free-standing fireplace installation in Stellenbosch

One of our free-standing installs was on a winery farm house just outside the city. The install was done in a span of two months since the house was under construction. The unit was to be installed on the bottom floor of a double storey mansion. We drilled through the slab […]

Fireplace in new Newlands house

After the enquiry we met the building team on site and discussed how the unit was to be installed while they were still busy with the brickwork. We gave them specifications on how we wanted the stand to be built thus with an opening in the middle for oxygen supply […]

Built-In vs Freestanding Wood Burning Stoves

The two primary choices for wood burning stoves include freestanding and built-in. Both of these fireplaces offer a number of advantages, from cost-effective heating all the way to visual appeal. Deciding on which option is right for your home comes down to a number of factors. Some prefer the look […]

5 Reasons to Invest in a Wood Burning Fireplace in 2017

With a brand new year around the corner, 2017 is a good time to invest in that wood burning fireplace you have always wanted for your home. Wood stoves are proven to provide a cost-effective heating solution for your home during the winter months. Even during the times that they […]

Closed combustion fireplace in Rondebosch

Due to inefficiency of open fireplaces, most people are getting to replace them with closed combustion fireplaces which are highly efficient and safer to use. One of Hydrofire’s units is the Orleans which has a flat top thus making it possible to fit in limited spaces and still gives adequate […]

DIY Firewood Storage Ideas

One of the biggest factors in how well your wood burning fireplace performs is the quality and dryness of the wood. The problem is that most South Africans buy their wood in the winter, after the wet season has begun. Most supermarkets and firewood sellers do not store their wood […]

Hydrofire at Cape Homemakers Expo

Hydrofire was proud to successfully host an exhibition stand at this year’s Cape Homemakers Expo, where we displayed our spectacular range of wood burning fireplaces and flues. This year’s exhibition took place from 15 to 18 September 2016 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre). As one of the […]

What to Do With Your Wood Stove During Summer

Your wood stove has seen you through the cold winter, as well as the rainy spring evenings when the temperatures have dropped. Soon, summer will arrive in South Africa, bringing with it endlessly hot days and warm nights. Needless to say, once summer arrives, you may not use your fireplace […]

Why Now is the Time to Consider a Wood Burning Fireplace

While we may be making the move into summer here in the Cape, now is the perfect time to consider a wood burning fireplace that will see you through the cooler spring days, autumn nights and winters to come. One of the biggest assumptions that many people have about wood […]

Top Reasons to Consider Central Heating for Your Home

Central heating offers an extremely effective way to warm your entire house or office, using a single boiler stove system. While some systems use hot air or oil, water is one of the most efficient ways to provide heat throughout an entire building. The way it works is surprisingly simple. […]

Choosing Your Heating Solution With Hydrofire

Selecting the correct heating solution –whether it’s a fireplace, radiator or braai- is a vital aspect of ensuring the enjoyment of many hours of warmth and comfort, in your own home with maximum ease and efficiency. Hydrofire is an innovative, solution-oriented company that prides itself in providing helpful insights, accurate […]

Calculating The Correct Fireplace Size

The most effective and consistent method of comparing the heating capability of a selected fireplace is by looking at the nominal power in Kw of each fireplace. Every heating company uses a slightly different method of calculating the required heating for a specific area. At Hydrofire we have carefully selected […]

Freestanding vs Built-in Fireplaces

Another important decision to be made is whether you would prefer a built-in or freestanding fireplace. Generally, a freestanding fireplace adds a little bit of old school charm to a room and is much easier to install because it only requires flue pipes to be run through your ceiling and […]

Insulated vs Single Wall Flues

The two types of flue systems commonly used in South Africa, are single wall (non-insulated) flues and double wall (insulated) flues. The single wall flue is a simple stainless steel duct. When hot gases move through the non-insulated flue, its outer surface becomes extremely hot. This is not ideal if the […]

Stainless Steel Flue Variations

There are three types of stainless steel commonly used for the manufacturing of flues, namely 430 grade, 304 grade and 316 grade. However, not all flues are made equal and when shopping for flues, one should be sure to take into account the type of steel used to manufacture it. […]

Beware Galvanised And Mild Steel Flues

Purely because of the low price, some people opt to use galvanised or mild steel flue pipes. However, for closed combustion fireplaces these materials should be avoided at all costs. Closed combustion fireplaces produce a higher concentration of corrosive gases than open fireplaces and the Acetic Acid produced as the […]

Imported European Flue Regulations

The imported flues we sell at Hydrofire are manufactured according to the highest European standards to ensure the best quality and safety, while still being extremely well priced. Since July 2013, the Construction Products Directive (CPD) has been changed and has become a regulation (CPR). Accordingly, adequate chimneys are considered […]

The Cost of Heating Your Home in South Africa

If you have ever used a wood burning stove, or you have known someone who has had a closed combustion fireplace for a few months, you may already know that this is one of the most effective, affordable ways to heat your home. But, what you may not know is […]

How to Start a Fire in Your Fireplace or Braai

There are a few ways to start a fire, each having more or less the same result if you are using dry, good quality wood. Everyone has their own tips on how to start a fire. Some swear that there is only one way (their way, of course) and that […]

How to Keep a Wood Burning Fireplace Clean

If you have been wondering how to keep a wood burning fireplace clean, you may already know that a clean fireplace is a well-functioning fireplace. But, while the cleaning process is always important to ensure that you enjoy your fireplace for many years to come, it is even more important […]

Avoiding Wet Wood

During winter finding a dry firewood supplier can be often tough, which is why storing your own wood is sometimes the best option.   You should avoid using wet logs wherever possible for the following reasons: The moisture in the logs decreases their ability to create heat for burning and […]

Burning Freshly Cut Wood

More complex than one might think, preparing and burning freshly cut wood is a process that involves three stages that occur simultaneously: Evaporation Water in the wood evaporates until the weight of the logs halve. After proper seasoning (drying), the weight of the logs decreases by an additional 20%. Why […]

Buring – Are You Doing It Right?

After some practise, you should get the hang of how to use your fireplace effectively and efficiently. Here are five signs that you’re doing it right: Burning should be accompanied by visible flames during the whole cycle, until the logs transform into embers. This helps to ensure that smouldering and […]

Prepping & Storing Wood

When lighting a fire in your fireplace, it is important to only use natural, chemically untreated, as well as wooden briquettes without adhesive glues. The logs should be completely dry, so ideally they should have been stored in a dry, well-ventilated place for at least one year. Storing and preparing […]

Refuelling Your Fire

As you may know, once your fire is alight and blazing, it needs to be refuelled to maintain its heat. The burning cycle of a log is the time it takes from the kindling of the stack of firewood to transform into a layer of embers. Each cycle can ensure […]

The Kindling Process

The purpose of kindling is to warm up the walls of the fireplace combustion chamber, pipes and chimney, so that the optimal conditions for roaring fire are created without unnecessarily opening the door several times. Kindling Preparation: Remove any ashes from the grate to enable maximum air flow in from […]

Burning Refuse

Burning refuse may seem like an easy and logical way of getting rid of household garbage while creating extra warmth, however burning rubbish can lead to unpredictable consequences. The contrasting materials in the dry logs and rubbish react when they burn together, however this burning does not destroy these dangerous […]

Burning With Wood – The Sustainable Choice

Vital for our continued existence is a process called photosynthesis whereby plants absorb carbon dioxide and water from the atmosphere and soil and, using the sun’s energy, decompose these compounds into carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Hydrogen and oxygen are then used for the tree to grow, and surplus oxygen is […]