Choosing the Perfect Fireplace for Your Wood Burning Stove
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Choosing the Perfect Fireplace for Your Wood Burning Stove

If you have a wood burning stove and are in search of the perfect fireplace to complement it, you've come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the best fireplaces that are specifically designed to enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your wood-burning stove. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern style, we have options that will suit your taste and meet your needs. Let's dive in and find the perfect fireplace for your log burner.

Contents

Determine the Type of Fireplace You Want
Popular Fireplaces for Wood Burners
Consider the Size and Style of Your Wood Burning Stove
Choose the Right Material for Your Fireplace
Decide on the Installation Method
Consider Additional Features and Accessories
Have You Considered Gas or Electric Fireplaces?

 

Determine the Type of Fireplace You Want

Before you start shopping for a fireplace for your wood-burning stove, it's important to determine the type of fireplace you want and understand which fireplaces are suitable for log burners. There are several options to choose from including traditional open fire baskets, inset stoves and freestanding wood burners. Each type has its own advantages and considerations, so take some time to research and decide which one will work best for your space and preferences. Consider factors such as the size of your room, the amount of heat you would like the fireplace to produce and the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Once you have determined the type of fire you want within your fireplace, you can start exploring different models and designs to find the perfect fit for your home.

 

Popular Fireplaces for Wood Burners

Here you’ll find some of the most popular fireplaces and fire surrounds that our customers regularly pair with a wood burning stove. We’ve included durable limestone & marble surrounds that require minimal clearances to your log burner and each has its own charm and character. We’re here as always to help make your fireplace-buying decision that little bit easier.

Fradswell Inglenook Limestone Fireplace
£1,695.00
Gallery Brompton 56" Limestone Fireplace Surround
£559.00
Gallery Ellastone Fireplace
£1,999.00
Gallery Richmond 54" Carrara Marble Fireplace Surround
£889.00

Consider the Size and Style of Your Wood Burning Stove

When choosing a fireplace for your wood burning stove or fire, it's important to consider the size and style of your stove. The fireplace should be proportionate to the size of your stove to ensure proper ventilation, clearance and heat distribution. Additionally, you'll want to choose a fireplace that complements the style of your wood burning stove and the overall aesthetic of your space. For example, if you have a rustic or traditional style stove, you may want to opt for a fireplace with a classic design or ornate corbels. On the other hand, if you have a modern or contemporary log burner, you may prefer a fireplace with a sleek and minimalist look with clean lines. By considering the size and style of your wood-burning stove, you can find a fireplace that not only functions well but also enhances the visual appeal of your living space.

 

Choose the Right Material for Your Fireplace

When selecting a fireplace for your wood burning stove, it's important to choose the right material that will not only withstand the heat but also complement the overall design of your space. There are several fireplace materials to choose from including limestone, marble timber & cast iron. Each material has its own unique characteristics and aesthetic appeal. For a classic and timeless look, limestone & marble fireplaces are popular choices. They provide a luxurious feel to any space and they are a great choice for complementing a cast iron wood burner. Not only do limestone fireplaces make an incredible statement piece but the material is also incredibly heat resistant, so it will stand the test of time. 

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional then fireplaces that are made from cast iron or timber are an excellent choice. Cast fireplaces are sure to last for a considerably long time when browsing through various home magazines you’ll often find cast iron fire surrounds from the Victorian period still in regular use.

If you prefer a more modern and sleek look then a stone fireplace will do the trick here too. Make sure you pick a design that has a simple and minimalist style that can add a contemporary touch to your space. Ultimately, the choice of material for your fireplace should align with your personal style and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve in your home. If you’d like to read more on the different types of fireplace surrounds read our dedicated blog below.

Everything You Need to Know About Fireplace Surrounds

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Decide on the Installation Method

Once you have chosen the material for your fireplace, the next step is to ensure your installation takes place safely and according to building regulations. Stone fireplaces are heavy and often require professional installation. 

We’ve found that customers who use an installer with industry knowledge and qualifications find their fireplace installations run smoothly. Lots of builders should be able to fit fireplace surrounds, hearths or cast iron inserts, but we suggest using a qualified heating specialist for the more technical aspects. For example, a Hetas installer is qualified to fit your log burner to the current building standards and will provide you with a certificate as proof that the installation meets all the relevant installation criteria.

 

Consider Additional Features and Accessories

In addition to choosing the right fireplace for your wood burning stove, you may also want to consider additional features and accessories that can enhance your fireplace experience. Some popular options include:  

  • Fireplace Hearth: If you have a freestanding fireplace, you’ll likely need an inner and outer heath. You may want to consider adding a hearth with a stylish pattern or think about a tiled hearth that will fit with your interior. Your hearth will extend in front of your fireplace protecting your flooring from sparks and embers.  
  • Fireplace Screens: A fireplace screen can add a layer of safety by preventing sparks from escaping the fireplace and potentially damaging your flooring.  
  • Firewood Storage: Consider adding a firewood storage solution near your fireplace to keep your wood organised and easily accessible; this might include a wicker basket or log holder.
  • Fireside Tools: A set of fireplace tools, including a poker, shovel, brush and log tongs can make it easier to tend to your fire and keep your fireplace clean.  
  • Fireplace Chamber: Pre-built fireplace chambers can greatly improve the look of your fireplace, especially if the stone in your recess is aged and weathered. You’ll find lots of different style fireplace chambers available that create the perfect backdrop for fire baskets and stoves.
  • Stove Fan: To increase the heat from your log burner you may wish to consider buying a stove fan. A stove fan pushes warm air from the stove into your room resulting in less heat escaping through your chimney.

Here is a selection of some of the most popular products our customers purchase alongside a fireplace and wood burner.

Gallery Red Herringbone Fireplace Chamber
£559.00
Set of 3 Granite Basket Slips
£189.00
Gallery Slabbed Black Granite Hearth 54" x 15"
£249.00

Have You Considered Gas or Electric Fireplaces?

If you’ve managed to read our fireplace guide this far and have decided fitting a wood burning stove with a fireplace isn’t for you there are a good amount of alternative options in the market that can look just as classy and on-trend as a log burner.

Gas stoves & electric stoves can look just as cosy when positioned within a fireplace surround without the mess or maintenance that a wood burner demands. These heating options are certainly worth considering especially if you have an existing gas supply to your fireplace or you’re looking to save money and avoid the installation fees associated with fitting a log burner; if this is the case then an electric stove might be the perfect choice for you.

Whatever you decide if you’re still in the market for a new stove, we hope our guide has helped you on your way to choosing the fireplace that your home deserves. Here at StovesAreUs, you’ll find a huge range of fireplaces and stoves to suit almost every interior so it's now time to make your choice! 

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