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A history of fire

Posted on: 20th March 2020

Pre-human 420,000,000 BC — The first fire Long, long before hominins roamed the Earth, our planet was little more than a clump of barren wasteland. Finally, at around 4 billion years after its formation, Earth began to sprout plant life. The emergence of plant life induced a rise in oxygen levels. After oxygen levels exceeded 15%, conditions were adequate for a fire to start. All that was needed was a source of ignition. LIGHTNING!  Lightning was the main source of ignition before hominids roamed. As plants grew and oxygen levels rose, lightning would strike the Earth and begin the world’s first…

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Why You Should Use an Accredited Fireplace Installer

Posted on: 29th May 2019

Getting a new fireplace is an exciting purchase, an addition to a home that is both luxurious and practical at once. However, there are risks associated with the purchase of a fireplace; namely the use of an unaccredited installer. While using an unaccredited installer may save you some money up front, the long term consequences could end up costing you a lot more. In this piece, we’re going to look at why you should use an accredited fireplace installer. What accreditations are there? There are a few accreditations that installers can achieve, and looking for these when choosing an installer can…

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Wood Burning Stove Safety Tips

Posted on: 1st April 2019

Wood burning stoves can be an idyllic way to keep warm in the colder months. The idea of sitting in front of a crackling stove is a lovely one, and if you’ve got a wood-burning stove then you’ll know first-hand how good they can be. However, although it looks beautiful and creates a fantastic ambience in any room, you’re still dealing with fire, and that means that there are a number of safety considerations to keep in mind. Safe installation The installation of a wood burning stove must be done to the letter. Firstly, it’s recommended that your stove is installed…

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The History of the Fireplace – a Timeline

Posted on: 20th February 2019

The evolution of the fireplace has been staggering since they first started appearing in homes hundreds of years ago, so the team at Rotherham Fireplace Centre have decided to collate the various iterations of this beloved feature into a timeline. The History of the Fireplace – a Timeline Medieval Era: Fire pits As the caption suggests, Medieval buildings used a fire pit for heat. Built in the middle of a room, there was a hole cut in the ceiling to allow the smoke to escape. 1185: The development of the chimney As two-floor buildings became more popular, homeowners moved their fireplaces…

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How to clean your fireplace and surrounds

Posted on: 18th January 2019

A home is said to be a good reflection of your personality and so, think about what your surroundings say about you. How do you like to live? Do you enjoy natural, earthy colours or do you prefer vibrant pops of colouring? How do you like to decorate? Are you clean and tidy? For many, the heart of your home is where the fireplace is, if you would agree then it’s likely that you will want to know how to maintain its beauty and how to keep it working to its full capacity. Whatever type of fire you have and whatever…

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Creating a Child Safe Fireplace

Posted on: 2nd November 2018

The fireplace may be the heart of the home – a place we gather in the late afternoons and straight through to the evenings – but, for our little ones, it’s an alluring display of flickering lights. Unfortunately, children are unaware of the dangers a fireplace presents and therefore will not hesitate to explore further until the heat or flames cause serious harm. To ensure your family are safe and protected from your fireplace, child safety measures are a must. This month, Rotherham Fireplace Centre are here to offer you security tips to keep your children safe and your fire in…

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Reasons to choose a limestone fireplace surround

Posted on: 1st November 2018

Deciding on your favourite fireplace is hard enough, so it’s more than normal to feel stuck for ideas when it comes to choosing fireplace surrounds and fireplace mantles. With such an extensive range of products to go through, it can be difficult to know what’s the most durable, stylish and suitable for your home. The Rotherham Fireplace Centre are here to offer some simple advice to help you make your decision. This article will offer you insight into our most popular, multi-faceted material, limestone. Limestone fireplace surrounds are elegant and warm Limestone fireplace surrounds and mantels provide homes with a warm…

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Bedroom Fireplace Ideas

Posted on: 1st August 2018

Older houses, particularly Victorian ones, traditionally feature a fireplace in the bedroom. This is because the fireplace was considered to be the heart of the home and not to mention, a wholesome and attractive characteristic that was embraced by the affluent. In large Victorian properties, the fire would provide an immediate source of heat in bitterly cold winters, and although a bedroom fireplace may seem unusual today (what with central heating), there’s no reason why it can’t still be a ‘wow’ factor within your home. Whilst it can be tempting to block fireplaces up or disguise them, why not try working…

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Marble vs Limestone Fireplace Surrounds

Posted on: 23rd March 2018

By choosing the perfect material for your fireplace surround, your fireplace can become the heart of your living room. No matter what kind or style of fireplace you have – whatever manufacturer, fuel type or size – your surround should be the ideal complement to your chosen appliance. You’ll find that marble and limestone are two of the most popular materials for fireplace surrounds, so in this article we’re looking at both to see if there’s a clear winner between them. Limestone fireplace surrounds In terms of interior design, limestone surrounds are the versatile choice. Limestone is elegant, smooth and neutral…

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10 Tips to Save Energy at Home

Posted on: 12th December 2017

Energy efficiency has become a keen focus for the modern homeowner; once you start to pay attention to how much energy a home uses, and how much is wasted each day, you realise that there are actually some easy ways to tackle the problem, instead of just tolerating it. In this article, we’re giving you 10 energy saving tips to help make your home more efficient, economical and comfortable for you and your family. You can also check your current energy efficiency, using our energy efficient calculator. Tip 1: Use energy saving appliances Older homes are more likely to have outdated…

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