Wood Fire Surrounds Suitable for Solid Fuel Fires

We have an option on all our surrounds for making them suitable for solid fuel fires and HE gas fires. This is a fantastic option, (unique to Fires and Surrounds) that allows you to have the beauty of a real wood fire surround but the heat and atmosphere generated by a real fire.

To build our surrounds suitable for Solid Fuel and HE Fires we have to make varying amounts of alterations, this depends on the style and shape of the surround, so to cover this cost, and keep things simple, we have a flat rate of £55

All our surrounds, from all our ranges, can be made suitable for real fires, but you must make sure that you take advice and follow either HETAS or Gas Safe requirements.

Some frequent questions that we are asked are answered below, but please feel free to call us if you would like more information.

What is a Solid Fuel Fire or HE Gas Fire?

A solid fuel fire is either an open fire burning coal or wood or a Stove, again burning coal or wood. These fire types generate a large amount of heat and this heat can warp or twist the fire surround. With veneered finished surrounds, (our Modern and Classic range) the veneer can start to peel away from the surround.

An HE (High Efficiency) fire is a gas fire that gives out over 4Kw of heat. These generally have glass fronts and will be labelled HE, Balanced Flue or Power Flue. Just to confuse things there are some gas fires that give out less than 4Kw but are still labelled HE Fires, these are ok without upgrading, but if you are not sure, please call. 

To be clear you do not need to worry about the heat energy input, it is the output heat that we are concerned with.

Does a Gas fire with coals need a Solid Fuel Upgrade?

No, if your gas fire does not have a glass front and does not give out more than 4Kw, you do not need to upgrade the surround.

What does a Solid Fuel Upgrade Include?

Where required we alter the way that the surrounds are built to strengthen joints and stop twisting and warping. 

If the surround is veneered we will swap some areas to solid Oak, these will be the areas that we feel are susceptible to the increased heat and again varies from surround to surround.

We guarantee that if the surround has been fitted in accordance with HETAS guidelines with a certificate that the surround will be covered under our warranty. In the case of HE fires, fitted by a Gas Safe Engineer with a fitting certificate.

Do you make the surround fire proof?

We are not making the fire surround fireproof, we are simply strengthening it and covering it under our warranty, you must follow guidelines and your Stove or Gas Fires manufacturers instructions.

Do we have to have the upgrade?

If you think that the heat given off from your fire is not going to damage the fire surround, or don't want to follow HETAS or Gas Safe guidelines that is fine. However, this will invalidate your warranty and we will not fix or replace any surround that has been adversely affected by the increased heat.