Your Fireplace Choices Explained

Your Fireplace Choices Explained

Whether you are restoring a period house to its former glory, or adding a touch of heritage to a modern home, Stovax’s Classic Fireplaces will inspire you. From the gracefulness of the early 1800s to the exuberance of Art Nouveau, our cast iron fireplaces add warmth and elegance to any room or living space. Traditional designs can be combined with the modern technology of our Convector fireplaces, for heating twice as efficient as an open fire. And for ultimate convenience, you can even opt for a realistic Gazco gas fire with remote control.

Choosing your fuel type

flamesTraditional Solid Fuel
For unmatched authenticity, coals or logs offer the beautiful natural flames our ancestors enjoyed. Each of our faithful fire and fire basket reproductions can be selected to burn solid fuel, and with logs from sustainable plantations, your classic fireplace becomes a carbon neutral energy source.

The convenience of gas
All of our fireplaces and fire baskets are available as highly realistic gas fires. Offering a superb combination of flames and glow, they can even be enjoyed without a chimney if a balanced flue option is selected. For classic looks with modern convenience, many of our gas fire options have the option of our Command remote control.

Cast Iron Craftsmanship

Cast IronInsert 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.

Convector Fireplaces

Convector Fireplaces
Taking our Victorian and Art Nouveau Inserts and making a series of discreet modifications, we have designed convector fireplaces to provide dramatically increased heating efficiency whilst preserving traditional looks. Offered in both solid fuel and gas versions, Convector fireplaces draw cool air in through the fire’s grate which is then heated in a specially designed convection chamber.

Heated air is diffused into the room via a barely noticeable outlet above the hood, making it twice as effective as a conventional open fire. The result is a rare blend of period elegance and modern capability, and not surprisingly some of the most popular models in the Classic Fireplaces range.

Fireplace Fronts

Working from original designs, we have developed this versatile range of Victorian and Art Nouveau reproductions to provide either a front or a complete solid fuel or gas insert fireplace as desired. Tiled and cast fronts became fashionable during the Hanoverian era and were made to either obscure or embellish a larger chimney opening. Our specially designed fronts can be easily installed against a 22” high by 16” wide chimney opening with the existing Milner tapered firebrick found in many homes constructed between the 1920s and 1980s.

Alternatively, each Victorian and Art Nouveau design is available with an optional cast back with grate, for a complete solid fuel fireplace, which can be inserted into the chimney opening. Both fireplaces can also be selected as a gas fire with remote control.

Traditional Finishes

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.


SurroundsOur range of London cast fronts surround the fire for a uniform, finished look, which complements both our wood and stone mantels. Made with the utmost care to ensure they precisely match the cast iron Georgian originals they recreate, these beautiful surround options are offered in matt black or polished finishes and can be used to create either a traditionally styled or contemporary fireplace.

Tile Options

Stovax Tilesoffer a wide selection of fireplace tiles to choose from for use with its range of tiled fireplaces. These are illustrated Classic Fireplace Tiles page. If desired, there is the impressive, hand decorated tube-lined tiles shown on tube-lined tiles for a period fireplace that seamlessly recreates the charming styles of the 19th century Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.

View our full range of Classic Fireplace Tiles.

Stone Mantel Options

Stone Stone Mantelshas been a traditional mantel material since the medieval times, whilst marble has been used for more than 300 years. Based on authentic period originals, Stovax stone and marble mantels are available in six classic designs in either the clean look of antique white marble or the gentle warmth of natural limestone. Each mantel is truly unique by virtue of the naturally occurring veining, subtle tonal differences and indeed even small fossils that may be found in the limestone in particular. Both stone mantel alternatives are elegant and durable and feature hand-finished craftsmanship.

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.

View our full range of Stone Mantel options.

Wood Mantel Options

Wood Mantels

Stovax offers a wide choice of wood mantels to complement the many period fireplaces. Most are designed to fit all models but the Chatsworth, with its grand proportions and larger opening, is particularly recommended for use with the Adelaide inserts.

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.

View our full range of Wood Mantel options.

Cast Iron Mantels Option

Designed Cast Iron Mantelsto epitomise the styles of their period, these exacting reproductions will add presence and grace to any 19th Century inspired interior. Based on the popular Combination Fireplace which dates from around 1895, Stovax has produced an intricate and appealing mantel that is ideal for the smaller setting. It can be teamed with an appropriate insert or used with a more modern, 16” (405mm) wide fireplace opening to bestow a genuine Victorian look.

View our full range of Cast Mantel options.

Our range of Fireplace Choices