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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of a cast iron fireplace?
Owning a gas or solid fuel cast iron fire is an investment in superior heating. Iron is a dense metal with excellent heat retention properties, meaning it captures warmth and continues to radiate it even after the fire is turned off. This residual heat, combined with the strong output of these fireplaces, can warm your home very quickly and with minimal effort.
You can make your interior style more cohesive with a vintage cast iron fireplace. These suites come in various period styles, from Georgian to Victorian, Art Nouveau to Art Deco. If you’re a fan of minimalism, one of our Georgian models will deliver uncomplicated simplicity with its uniform design. Lovers of elaborate patterns and tiled inserts will prefer Victorian cast iron fireplaces. Designed to impress, their rustic designs and simple surrounds are sure to be a focal point.
Households have been using these fireplaces since the 18th century, and for good reason! Cast iron is a hard-wearing metal that’s perfect for the long term. Its heat resistance means it’s very unlikely to crack or be damaged by high temperatures. With their impressive lifespans, a cast iron fire is the perfect way to keep your family warm through several winters.
How long do cast iron fireplaces last?
You can expect a premium cast iron fire to last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. However, some models may last longer than this, possibly spanning several decades. The longevity of the stove can be influenced by factors such as maintenance, usage, and the quality of the stove itself.
When well-maintained, and used with solid-fuel fires can continue warming homes past their expected lifetime. However, it's essential to note that while older solid fuel fires might still function, newer high-efficiency models are more environmentally friendly.
How hot do cast iron fireplaces get?
While an electric one will not be hot to the touch, it can still generate impressive heat output. The iron will retain the fire’s warmth and continue radiating it after the suite is inactive. Gas cast iron fireplaces offer homeowners similar levels of heat output and can cope well with the high temperatures they’re designed to deliver.