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Trying to decide between a traditional hearth or a modern wood burner? Check out our helpful guide to make a decision that’s right for you.

Is a house really a home unless there’s a roaring fire burning to keep you warm? It doesn’t get much more homely than curling up by the fire with a cosy blanket and a warminghot drink – maybe even with a cat or dog curled up beside you.

The problem is, there’s just too much choice when picking out a wood burner that suits you. You’ve got to decide between the aesthetics, effectiveness, the price and what fits your lifestyle the best. It’s a LOT to take in, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide!

With the cold hands of winter gripping firmly around our households, now is the best time to pick out your ideal hearth. So, if you want a traditional fire, but you’re not sure what’s right for your home, don’t worry; let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both wood burners and full fireplaces so that you can make a decision that’s right for you:


It might not be the most important factor to consider, but let’s be honest… the aesthetics are probably the very first thing you’ll think about when you’re making a fireplace purchase; after-all fireplaces often become the standout visual feature in any room.

Your home should be a relaxing environment, and of course, there’s not much more serene than the tranquillity of an open fire. With an assortment of different designs to choose from, making sure that your mantel suits you, a traditional fireplace is undoubtedly the cosier option.

Don’t let this put you off the idea of a stove, though! The fact that these are often freestanding can give you much more control and power over how you use it. You can create some incredibly interesting design features with not much more than a stove!



The next thing that you’re likely to consider is the overall price; not just the initial cost of buying a unit, but how much it will cost to run – especially over a particularly bitter winter.

Typically, up-front costs will work out to be much cheaper when you buy a fireplace – however, this doesn’t take into consideration any installation costs. As you may need to have a flue system or even a lining placed into the chimney, installation prices can quickly rise.

Stoves, on the other hand, can actually be up to 80% more efficient using up to a third less wood than a standard fireplace. Sure, the up-front cost will be higher, but a stove is likely to save you money in the long run.


Your lifestyle may also affect your choice; it should be important to make a purchase that complements your way of life, so that you’re getting the most out of your fancy fireplace.

If you spend most of your day indoors, then a fireplace may be more suited to you. Due to the nature of the open fire, you will need to keep a close eye on the naked flames, especially if you have children or pets.

Fireplaces, however, can take a very long time to wind down, and the embers can stay hot for an extended duration. It isn’t recommended to rely on a fireplace for heat, as if you need to head out, you can’t just turn the fire off.

Fireplaces should generally only be used to heat one room of the house. Small fireplaces especially will only throw out enough heat for one room.

Stoves also rely on flames and wood-burning to provide heat – they are, however, much easier to monitor. As you generally have more control of the airflow into the device, you can put out the flames much quicker than with an open fire.

Stoves are perfect if you’re out during the day, but you appreciate the comforting warmth throughout the evening.

If you’re on the road a lot, but still enjoy the appeal of a fireplace, why not consider going electric?

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Safety first

You should always consider the safest options available! Luckily, both fireplaces and stoves are built to strict safety standards, ensuring that you and your family are always guarded.

There will always be a risk when it comes to an open flame, so you should always aim to be careful when you use yours.

Our thoughts

In our opinion, there really is no clear winner! Both traditional fireplaces AND modernised stoves provide excellent heating benefits, along with a subtle yet unmistakable charm.

Whatever you choose for your hearth depends on whichever you prefer; some fireplaces might suit your lifestyle more than a stove would. Similarly, a stove might compliment your way of life more than a full fireplace might.

If you’ve made your decision on whether to purchase a full fireplace or a stove, then good news – you can browse our full range of quality products just here.


Have a warming winter!


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