One of the nicest things about winter is snuggling up in front of the fire and having a cwtch. We round up the latest fires and fireplaces available in North Wales.
As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the focus of the home is once again on the fire. The focal point of the living room at any time of day, it comes into its own in the evening as you snuggle down in front of the flickering flames…
If it sounds idyllic, that’s because it is. What many people don’t realise when they first begin researching a fire however is the sheer choice available. The first major decision to make is whether you want a solid fuel (real) fire or a modern (gas or electric) version.
There are pros and cons to both, of course. A natural fire has a certain charm to it and is very cheap to run once installed – you just need to factor in the cost of the fuel itself, whether this is logs or coal, and any kindling. The downside is that once the fire is roaring away you need to wait for it to die down – which isn’t ideal if you suddenly have a hot flush. You also need to build the fire in the first instance, and be prepared to clean it out – a real fire can be a very messy affair indeed.
Log burners are a modern solution to the “real” fire. A glass door provides you with the desired ambiance, yet keeps the fire (and the ash) contained. And improved technology means that the glass is kept increasingly clear by drawing air down the inside of the door in order to prevent soot and other combustion particles from coming into contact with its surface – meaning that cleaning is kept to a minimum.
But, whether you go for a traditional open fire or a log burner, you will need to have your chimney swept prior to lighting your first fire – and once a year from then on.
Since there is quite a lot to consider when installing a log burner, your best bet is to utilise one of the local companies that specialises in this area.