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The History of Fireplaces

Since fire was first discovered during the Stone Age, the creation of fireplaces and advances in technology have enabled us to enjoy the benefits of fire safely in our homes. What was once considered primarily a source of heat to cook food on, the use of fire has since become a stylish focal feature in a home.

Here, we will briefly guide you through the history of fireplaces and how the functionality and style of fireplace designs have changed throughout the years.

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Stone Age

The discovery of fire during the Stone Age was a pivotal point in human history, as the ability to start and control fire played a major part in human evolution. Ancient fireplaces were located in areas where a fire could be started and contained to ensure complete safety in a controlled environment.

The Celts

During 500 BC, the Celts created fire pits in the centre of their small huts to emit heat, with smoke escaping through a hole in the roof.

The Roman Era (43 AD)

The Roman Era saw a significant advancement in fireplace design as the Romans started to use portable hearths to hold and carry fires from room to room, similar to modern heaters.

Medieval England (450)

Fireplaces reverted back to the early stages of their design following the fall of the Roman Empire, with English peasants using central fire pits in their huts for cooking and warmth. Similar to the technique used by the Celts, smoke was expelled through a hole in the roof when the fire was in use.

1066

The introduction of two-story houses opened doors to new fireplace technology; fire pits were replaced with fireplaces which were moved to the outside wall. In turn, chimneys were invented to create a draft and expel the smoke up and out of the building, which gave people the option of having a fireplace on different floors.

1678

1678 saw the invention of the fireplace grate by Prince Rupert of the Rhine. He discovered that elevating the frame used for holding firewood allowed for better air circulation underneath it which, in turn, helped fuel the fire and increase its efficiency.

1742

The invention of the Pennsylvania Fireplace by Benjamin Franklin in 1742 was groundbreaking. Franklin created a freestanding cast iron stove which was designed to double the heat output whilst using a quarter of the fuel. Not only did this improve the safety of having a fire in the home, but it also increased the overall heating efficiency.

Following this, in 1796 Count Rumford designed a fireplace which incorporated a tall, shallow firebox. Its simple yet revolutionary design was far more efficient at burning wood and expelling smoke.

1900s

During the 1900s, emphasis shifted from using fireplaces as a source of heat to their stylish design. In 1968, the first suspended, 360 degrees pivoting fireplace was invented which paved the way for more innovative designs.

From the 1980s onwards, homeowners started looking for more environmentally friendly, cost-effective fireplace options. The popularity of wood burning stoves and pellet appliances grew, as more and more people wanted sustainable ways of generating the most heat for the least amount of money.

During the 1980’s and 90’s, there was a huge development in the design of both living flame and flame effect gas fires. As technology progressed, this saw major improvements in the safety, energy consumption and overall efficiency of gas fires which, in turn, increased their usability.

In 1995, the first electric fireplace was introduced, which created the ambiance of an authentic wood burning flame effect without any toxic greenhouse gas emissions or mess.

Today

All of these technological developments throughout the history of fireplaces have contributed towards the high performance, energy efficient fireplace designs we have today. As such, there are a plethora of different fireplace options available to complement any home configuration, including:

– Gas stoves
– Balanced flue fires
– Log effect fires
– High efficiency gas fires
– Electric fires
– Hole in the wall/built-in fires

Whether you are looking to replace your existing fireplace with a modern design, or are buying a brand new fireplace for the first time, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts here at The Fireplace Studio today. Simply give us a call to talk to one of our team or visit our showroom to view our designs first-hand.

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  • Anonymous

    First time service on my gas fire, great job from start to finish, would definitely recommend

    1 week ago

  • Lisa Pinfield

    Fantastic service from start to finish. Excellent advice in the showroom through to the survey and then to the fitting. Fitters were extremely polite..., communicated with me throughout to ensure I was happy with everything and very clean and tidy. Very professional and thoroughly recommended.

    2 weeks ago

  • R Mace

    Price & products were very good.The installation was very efficient from start to finish.Both fitters were very amiable & professional. Thanks.

    1 month ago

  • Doug.Kennett

    This was the sixth fireplace showroom visited, and we found it to be an excellent company in every aspect - professional, highly competent, readily pr...oviding comprehensive quotations whilst in their showroom for various options, and sticking to the price and installation date when the order was placed. The calibre, skill and craftsmanship of the installation team were all exemplary.

    3 months ago

  • Riswan Yarkhan

    Fireplace Studio, are amazing! We had a very precise brief, and Andy went above and beyond to exceed our expectations. If you need a new fire, i w...ould highly recommend Fireplace Studio. They are clearly experts in this field, and this is evidence their service and execution.

    4 months ago

  • Mr Raynor

    The whole experience was effortless. From Andy the knowledgable, friendly salesman to the fitters, who couldn’t have been more approachable and acco...mmodating. The finished article looks wonderful. Well pleased. Thoroughly recommended. A job really well done - thank you

    4 months ago

  • Anonymous

    We have just had a new gas fire fitted, we are delighted, the fitter came on time and carried out the work. He put down dust sheets and left everythin...g very clean and tidy. The whole process has been excellent from our initial enquiry at the Studio in Bramcote to the fitting of the fire. Many thanks.

    4 months ago

  • Roger Grimes

    I had a DRU Gas Fire installed; the staff were very professional, from showroom to final installation. Thank you Michelle, Andy, Keegan, Dean and Adam.... They instilled confidence that they knew the product and did a professional installation. I am most happy with the finished job, I would use the company again and recommend them without hesitation. I am also pleased I went to a local family owned business I was also pleased I went to a local family owned business.

    4 months ago

  • Jody Chatfield

    Brilliant service from start to finish, love my new fireplace, workmen were just as good to deal with as the staff in the shop. Would highly recommen...d these peeps.

    5 months ago

  • John And Pam Darby

    We have no hesitation in awarding top marks to the Fireplace Studio. From the start of the process, from visiting the outstanding showroom at Bramcote..., to the completion, with the installation of our fireplace, the service was outstanding. We received impartial but constructive advice, without any pressurised selling, on the type of fireplace most suitable based on our requirements. The installation went so smoothly and the finish is superb. We are delighted and consider that the cost has been fully justified. Thank you Andy, Dean, Keegan and Adam for all your assistance

    5 months ago

  • Anthony Duncalf

    excellent company staff brilliant work fantastic highly recommendable

    6 months ago

  • Janice Ecclesfield

    We have just had our new electric fire fitted and are over the moon with it. All the chopping out was done yesterday ready for the fire to be fitted a...nd today after 4hrs it was and looks beautiful. I cant praise the workmanship enough all the fitters were polite and left no mess. I would definitely recommend this company.

    6 months ago

  • Customer In Derby

    We went in search of a fire before Christmas & attended several retailers. We came across The Fireplace Studio & visited the showroom. Due to the type...of flue we have there were not too many choices, but even so Katie at The Studio was very attentative, listened & gave us several options that we had not considered. We went away to think & she told us not too rush as it was a expense that would need to be right, she also said that she & other staff were there should we have any questions when discussing the way forward. A week later we visited again to have a look at the options, this time we spoke to Graham, again lots of advice & we were listened to. At that point we decided to purchase a fire plus the surround. The price was reasonable within the budget we had set. A date arranged, the staff turned up on the day that they stated in January, the fitters were polite, considerate of your home & as clean as they were able to be due to the work being undertaken. They showed us how to work it & checked to see if everything was as it should be. We were very pleased with our purchase. A couple of days later we found that when turning the gas fire on the flames were higher one side than the other. We got in touch with the showroom & straight away it was sorted, again the fitter turned out to check it, but it looked as though it was a fault at the manufacturers. A new part was ordered, fitted the day after it was delivered to The Studio & checked by the fitter. Excellent customer service, staff, fitters & price. We are very happy with our purchase & would recommend The a Fireplace Studio to anyone.

    7 months ago

  • Brian And Sybil Allt

    Our old fire needed replacing and having seen your web page, we called in the showroom. Very impressed with what we saw and not pressurised at all....your Fitter came today and installed the new fire. We are so pleased with it. It certainly gives out plenty of heat. We will certainly recommend you to friends Brian and Sybil Allt

    8 months ago

  • John Nicholson

    From beginning to end it could not praise them high enough. Knowledgeable salesperson with advice, the surveyor was punctual and left us no doubt abou...t what to expect and the two fitters were efficient, clean and went through the working of the fire thoroughly. A big thank you to all involved. As for the fire itself, well it is just beautiful

    8 months ago

  • Sue & Terry Stagg

    Excellent service from start to finish, a huge thank you to Keagan, Dean and Adam for a really professional job of fitting our fireplace/fire. Sue &...Terry

    8 months ago

  • Dennis And Julie. Sandiacre

    We are absolutely delighted with the installation of our gas log fire. keagan, Richard and Adam did a brilliant job. We would highly recommend the Fir...eplace studio for your fireplace. Thank you.

    8 months ago

  • Mrs Caroline Edmunds

    Hello we are new to the area and I found the shop by a google search and the excellent reviews. Having had terrible problems with previous tradesmen o...ver another fireplace in a different room, it has been lovely to use the Studio. From the first time we went and met Katie and then phone call to various people including Andy, to the assessment by John and then today John and his teams fitting I cannot fault the service and knowledge. The fireplace looks amazing and is the first finished thing in our renovation, very tidy as well in their clearing up and looking after my naughty dog when she escaped! Thank you all! would thoroughly recommend this firm.

    8 months ago

  • Tracy Shield On

    The professionalism show by all their staff was second to none , beautiful fire installed by the lovely Keegan who is excellent @ his job & can, t do...enough to help make installation a seamless job thank you all .

    11 months ago

  • Mrs M

    All went smoothly. Very happy with whole service.

    1 year ago

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