From the graceful early Victorian era to the exuberance of Art Nouveau, our range of Classic Fireplaces is one of the most comprehensive available, so whether you want to restore a period house to its former glory or even create an authentic look for a modern home, there is a wealth of models to inspire you.
All Stovax Classic Fireplaces take their inspiration from 19th Century designs. We also pride ourselves on the fact that each remains an individual masterpiece, authentically hand-cast to the same specification as Georgian and Victorian originals, and extensively finished to display a wealth of intricate detail.
In several cases, however, we have added a modern slant to the designs to make them even more appropriate for today’s lifestyles so there are now three types of fireplace from which to choose:
Insert fireplaces are so called because they have built-in firebacks and are designed to be inserted into chimney openings measuring approximately 36” x 36” (915 x 915mm) or larger. In appearance, these can be either completely cast or cast with slots for decorative tiles. The former are generally earlier designs whilst cast iron fireplaces incorporating two vertical ceramic panels became particularly fashionable from the mid-1880s onwards.
By making discreet alterations to three designs of Tiled Insert, Stovax has created traditional looking fireplaces that allow you to enjoy the added efficiency and economy of convected heat whether using solid fuels or a gas fire. It is not surprising, therefore, that these are amongst our most popular models.
Convector fireplaces draw cool air through the grate, heats it in a specially developed convection chamber and diffuses it into the room through an unobtrusive outlet above the hood. The result is a heating efficiency twice that of a traditional open fire!
Unlike an Insert fireplaces, which is complete with a fireback and grate, a front is literally that. Cast fronts came to the fore in the Hanoverian era and were designed to reduce, obscure or embellish a larger chimney opening. A fire basket is usually placed behind the front.
Tiled fronts, on the other hand, were developed by Stovax to allow the Victorian style of fireplace to be installed against a 22″ high x 16″ wide chimney opening with Milner tapered firebrick. Many homes constructed between the 1920s and 1980s, and some built since, have this type of chimney. To maintain the authentic look, the tiles are positioned at a slight angle to the face of the fireplace. This means that it stands forward of the chimney breast by 25/8″ (67mm). Most wooden and stone mantels have a rebate which can be adjusted to suit this depth.
Every Stovax Classic Fireplace is available in traditional matt black. In addition, many models are offered with the option of polishing, a skilled and authentic period technique which shows off intricate decorative detailing to quite stunning effect. According to the design, the finish may be either highlight polished or fully polished.
All Stovax tiled fireplaces are supplied complete with your choice of 10 tiles from the wide selection displayed on our Classic Fireplace Tiles page. However, there is a small supplementary charge if you prefer the particularly impressive, hand decorated tube-lined tiles.
Stovax offer an excellent selection of mantels to complement the Classic Fireplaces. In a choice of six historic designs from Georgian and Victorian times, each beautifully carved solid stone mantel can be made in your choice of Limestone or Antique White Marble. These stone mantels are made up of high-quality limestone and antique white marbles designs, each piece truly unique by virtue of the naturally occurring veining, subtle tonal differences and indeed even small fossils that may be found in the limestone.
These stone mantels are very heavy and correctly installing them is essential to prevent serious injuries. They must be installed in accordance with our installation instructions and we also recommend that you view the Best Practice Guide for advice on the best practice for the safe installation of stone fireplace surrounds.
Every Stovax wood mantel utilises high-quality timbers sourced from renewable plantations and each is carefully selected for close, even grains and freedom from blemishes. The timber is also thoroughly kiln dried to prevent it warping or cracking in the widely varying temperatures around the fireplace.
The range of Stovax wood mantels offers you an exceptionally large choice of handcrafted mantels, available in 16 different styles which are perfectly matched with 12 different finishes.
Manufacture of each individual mantel is undertaken by skilled craftsmen, ensuring timber colours are evenly matched and that every mantel is an individual piece of workmanship-a point of particular attraction is in an age of mass-produced conformity. Where you specify a stain finish, these are designed to enhance the character of the wood grain to the full.