As well as being a source of warmth, a well-chosen fire can become a real feature in a room. Yet with so much choice available, it can be difficult to know which type of fire will suit you and your home, and this is where we can help.
Choosing the right fire
From traditional to ultra-modern contemporary, B&Q offer a wide choice of electric, gas and solid fuel fires and stoves in a range of different colours and styles, as well as a wide selection of surrounds, hearths and finishing touches which will both complement your fire, and create the mood, atmosphere and look you want.
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a new fire, and at B&Q we provide a wide choice to suit all types of home. For the contemporary look we have a superb range of sleek, ultra-modern fires and surrounds. However, if you’re looking for something a little more classic, many of our traditional style fireplaces have been based on period designs.
Once you have chosen the style of fireplace, you will need to establish which fuel option best suits your requirements - gas, electric or solid fuel. If you would like a gas or solid fuel fire, the type of chimney you have in your home will determine which fire is most suitable.
The type of chimney or flue you have in your home will usually dictate the type of fire you can have.
|Types||Look for||Choose from|
|Brick Chimney|| || |
|Pre-fabricated flue|| || |
|Pre-cast flue|| || |
No chimney or flue
If you don’t have a chimney or a flue you can choose any electric fire, or, if you fancy a gas fire you can choose one of our flueless options. Flueless fires remove harmful gases via a catalytic converter. This results in a highly efficient fire since no heat is lost through the flue. Please note that flueless fires are only suitable for certain sized rooms and require adequate ventilation.
Remember to consider
Another factor you may want to take into consideration when choosing your fire, is how much it will cost to run. To calculate the running cost, please multiply the heat input of the fire by your gas/electricity tariff* (heat input x pence per Kw/hr = running cost).
Types of Fire
Our range includes fires that work with different types of fuel; from gas to electric and solid fuel, including wood. Each type of fire offers its own benefits, which can be an important deciding factor.
|Types of fire||Explained|
|Gas||Create the warmth and reliability of a coal fire with gas. Clean, efficient and bringing instant heat to your home.|
|Electric||Electric fires allow you to bring the warmth of a flame effect to a room with or without heat. A clean and instant alternative.|
|Solid Fuel||Solid fuel, either wood or coal, lets you enjoy the warmth and look of a real fire. Bring ambience and comfort to your home throughout the winter months.|
|No mains or gas?||Again we have the solution. Selected gas fires are also available in LPG options.|
Mix and match
We have a whole range of styles and designs to choose from, but if you still can’t find one that suites your needs, why not mix & match to create your own unique fireplace?
With hundreds of different fires and surrounds to choose from, the options are endless. In just 3 easy steps you can create the perfect focal point for your home, and to help you visualise the end result.
Fire and fireplace installation
At B&Q we can help transform your home with our guaranteed fire installation service. Replacing your existing gas or electric fire couldn’t be easier.
- Your installation is covered by a 1 year fully transferable workmanship guarantee
- All our gas fires are fitted by CORGI registered installers holding a valid certificate of competence
- Competent tradesmen who are Part P compliant undertake all electrical work
- All of our installer’s work is regularly checked to ensure our highest standards are maintained
No matter what trends have inspired you, we are sure to have a fire surround that will help you achieve the look you want. We have surrounds made from marble, wood or stone in a range of finishes. Our surround sets are packages comprising of a Surround, Back Panel and Hearth. You will need to choose a suitable inset fire to complete the look.
From left to right: Rustic marble, traditional wood and modern stone.
At B&Q we have a fantastic range of fire accessories to help you look after your fire, store your fuel and provide a safer environment for children and pets. Why not invest in a teardrop companion which acts as both a focal point and a great storage accessory, or a decorative fire screen for added protection which is great to look at?