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Our Range of Fire Baskets
Our comprehensive range of functional and decorative fire baskets come in various sizes and styles, including traditional, period and ultra modern, to suit most types of fuel including solid fuel, log burning and gas, to complete that finishing touch and create the ultimate homely feeling to your room. All Baskets that are shown polished are available in black.

Discolouration
Please note that polished surfaces may change colour after prolonged exposure to heat. Polished brass and cast iron items especially are not recommended for solid fuel fires as some discolouration will occur. For this reason, please select a black finish for solid fuel.

Coals & Pebbles for Gas Fires
Decorative fires can be supplied with pebbles or coals, though coals come as a standard and pebbles are supplied on order and at an additional charge.

Sizes
Check opening dimensions of your fireplace before ordering a fire basket. See the Dimension Charts on our Information Page and/or on our Limestone Mantels Help Page.

Suitability of Fuels
Please note that not all baskets are suitable for gas conversion or for electric fires - if in doubt, please enquire. Please note the following:

  • The Zen fire basket in our Contemporary Range is designed for gas only, but the large model can be used for solid fuel by combining it with the Neon.
  • The Pulse basket in our Period Range cannot be used for solid fuel.
  • The Cottage and Large Victorian in our Period Range are particularly good for log burning.
  • The Swans Nest baskets in our Traditional Range will burn the largest of logs.

Please Enquire for further advice and information.

Fire Baskets
Our comprehensive range of functional and decorative fire baskets come in various sizes and styles, including traditional, period and ultra modern, to suit most types of fuel including solid fuel, log burning and gas, to complete that finishing touch and create the ultimate homely feeling to your room. Please note that polished surfaces may change colour after prolonged exposure to heat. Decorative fires can be supplied with pebbles and coals. Check opening dimensions of your fireplace before ordering a fire basket. Please note that not all baskets are suitable for gas conversion or for electric fires - if in doubt, please enquire.

Stoves
Beautifully designed high quality hard-wearing modern and traditional stoves designed for a variety of fuels including natural gas and multi-fuels.

Buckets
The ultimate finishing touch to accompany you fire grate or stove including decorative and functional models. Our buckets are available in a variety of materials including copper, brass, pewter, black and galvanised finishes.

Fire Screens
A range of elegant screens in a variety of sizes, styles and finished including brass, pewter, black and antique finishes.

Frets
Frets are available for a range of sizes to fit different fireplaces. Materials and finishes include black, brass, antique, highlight and polished.

Mantels
Whether traditional or modern, mantels add an extra touch of class to the fireplace and can be supplied in wood finish, cast iron, limestone, marble and black granite and in a variety of period styles from Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and contemporary stylings.

Companion Sets
A range of co-ordinated sets of hearth tools in a variety of finishes, chosen to compliment your fireplace and add that finishing touch to the hearth. Finishes include black, brass, pewter, black and chrome, black and brass, from traditional country style to high Victorian styling. Fireplaces Our wide range of traditional and modern fireplaces combining quality and functionality in a range of prices to suit your pocket. Our range includes models for log-burning, gas or solid fuels. Finishes for cast iron grates include black, highlight polish, satin polish and full polish.

Combinations
Combined fire places and mantels in various traditional and modern styles in a choice of materials and finishes including wood, stone and cast iron, many with full sized arched openings and adaptable for gas fires and with precast flues.

Tiles & Tiled Inserts
Sets of handmade tiles to fit in fireplace panels to complement our fireplaces and to enhance their decorative qualities. A wide range of patterns is available, from traditional, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and modern styles.

Sizes
The Shire Newton dimensions are with cast back. The Primrose, Bolton, Sutton, Mackintosh, Sheffield and Hamilton listed below do NOT have dedicated cast backs so the corresponding clay brick sizes are shown. These dimensions are designed as a guide only and and there may be slight variations due to the nature of the casting process. No allowances have been made for lintels or back fillings which are an essential part of fireplace installation. If in doubt, please ask us for advice.

Dimensions of Fireplaces

Key to Fireplace Dimensions

Fireplace Dimensions

Key to Chamber Dimensions

Fire Chamber Dimensions

 

Size B* (below in Table 1) is the overall height of the casting, and therefore includes cast iron combinations up to the top of the shelf, but does NOT include stone or timber mantels.

TABLE 1: CAST IRON FIREPLACES
Model
Finish
Sizes
(in inches)
Cast Back
Chamber Size
(in inches)
Fires Available
Class 1
Class 2
Multi-
flue
No Flue
BK
H/L
F/P
A
B*
C
D
E
F
G
H
 
A
B
C
N.Gas
N.Gas
N.Gas
Electric Inset
Electric Pict Flame
Barcelona
*
 
*
29
39
13½
23¼
     

36

Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ4
 
Bolton
*
*
 
37
37
17½
21½
31½
33
 
No
20
23
9
NG8
 
MF1
PJ8
 
Celtic
*
*
*
30½
39¾
17½
26¼
     
36
Yes
22
28½
NG2
CT2
MF1
PJ2
 
Cheltenham
*
*
 
39½
40
24½
29
31¾
33
 
Yes
29
33
13
NG18
   
PJ18
 
Chester
*
*
 
37¼
37½
16¼
23
34¼
35½
3
 
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
CAST2
Coronet
*
*
*
36½
36½
15
26
25½
31½
3
 
Yes
17½
26
NG19
 
MF1
PJ19
 
Crown
*
*
*
40
40
17¾
26
33½
33¼
 
Yes
22
28½
NG2
CT2
MF1
PJ2
 
Daisy
*
*
 
23
37¾
13½
23
     
30
Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ14
 
Derby
*
 
*
38
41
16
23
     
45
Yes
17
28
9
NG5
   
PJ14
 
Edwardian
*
 
*
43½
48
16¼
21½
     
48
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
CAST2
Fitzwilliam
*
*
 
41½
40½
30
29
36
36
2
 
Yes
33
30
14
NG6
   
PJ6
 
Galway
*
*
 
37¼
37¼
16¼
22¼
34¼
35½
3
 
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
CAST2
Hamilton
*
*
 
38¼
38
16½
22½
31¾
34½
 
No
20
23
9
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Liberty
*
*
 
35¼
46
16
22
     
42
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Lytton
*
*
 
37
37
17½
26
31
32¼
 
Yes
22
28½
NG2
CT2
MF1
PJ2
 
Mackintosh
 
*
*
38
38
16½
22¾
32¼
31¼
1
 
No
20
23
9
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Merrion
*
*
 
41½
40½
29½
27
32½
33½
2
 
Yes
33
30
14
NG6
   
PJ6
 
Northmoor
*
*
 
37
37
16¼
22¼
34¼
35
3
 
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
CAST2
Paris
*
*
*
30
40
13½
21¼
     
36
Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ4
 
Pembroke
*
 
*
38¼
40½
17½
26
     
48
Yes
22
28½
NG2
CT2
MF1
PJ2
 
Primrose
*
*
 
36½
42
16½
22
     
42
No
20
23
9
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Prince
*
 
*
37¼
37¼
13¾
21¾
29¾
34¾
3
 
Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ4
 
Princess
*
*
 
37¼
37
13¼
21¼
30¼
35
3
 
Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ4
 
Radley
*
*
 
38
38
17¼
26
31
32¼
3
 
Yes
22
28½
NG2
CT2
MF1
PJ2
 
Regal
*
*
 
36½
36½
14¼
26
25½
31½
3
 
Yes
17½
26
NG19
 
MF1
PJ19
 
Sheffield
*
*
*
38
38
16½
22½
35¼
34½
 
No
20
23
9
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Shire Newton
 
*
*
40½
40½
25
25¼
   
 
Yes
33
30
14
NG6
   
PJ6
 
Sovereign
*
 
*
37
37
15¾
22
34½
35¾
3
 
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
 
Sunburst
*
 
*
29
39
13¾
23¼
     
36
Yes
15
24
5
NG4
CT4
MF1
PJ4
 
Sutton
*
*
*
36½
36½
15
21½
25½
31½
3
 
No
18½
22½
9
NG10
 
MF1
PJ10
 
Traditions
*
*
 
38
38
18
23¾
35
33¼
3
 
Yes
23
26
13
NG17
   
PJ17
 
Tregaron
*
*
 
30½
39¾
17½
21½
     
36
No
20
23
9
NG8
 
MF1
PJ8
 
Tulip
*
*
 
37
37
16¼
22¼
34½
35
3
 
Yes
19
24½
NG9
CT9
MF1
PJ9
CAST2

Chamber Sizes
Please note that chamber size dimensions are in addition to the relevant rebate size quoted above. Please check that the mantel you choose has the appropriate rebate. Chamber sizes given for Tiled Inserts and Arches are for cast iron backs. For clay Milner backs add 2 inches (2") to the width and two inches to the depth and reduce the height by two inches.

Dimensions of Mantels

Dimensions to Measure mantels This diagam shows the various dimensions of a typical fireplace mantel. Caption letters refer to "Sizes" Columns in Table 2: Mantels (below):
TABLE 2: MANTELS
TIMBER
 
Sizes
(nominal - in inches)
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Lincoln 48"
48
44½
33
35
45
7
1-3
Lincoln 54"
54
45½
36
36
49
7
1-3
Henlow
54
43½
36
36
48
1-3
Bedford 48"
48
46½
34
36
45
1-3
Bedford 54"
54
46¾
36
36
49½
1-3
Roundel
44½
41
28½
32½
39½
6
1
Corbel
53½
44
35½
35½
47
9
1-3
Danesbury
53¼
46½
35½
35½
48¼
1-3
Grand Corbel
54
46½
36
36
51
1-3
Meridian - straight shelf
51¾
43¾
35
35
48
1-3
Gallileo - curved shelf
54
43½
36
36
48
6-7½
1-3
LIMESTONE / MARBLE
Amesbury
48
42
30
32
44
Cranbourne
44
39
24½
26½
40
Durrington
48
42
30
30
44
Ridgemoor
48
40½
24½
26½
44
Classic
56
45
36
36
54
8
Cameron
54
42½
36
36
50
10
Gothic
57½
40½
32¼
28¾
50
George IV
54
43½
35¼
35¼
50
10
William IV
65
49¼
39¾
39¾
58
10
CAST IRON
Churchill
54
47
36¼
36
50½
3
Gladstone
58
46½
35¾
36
52¼
8
Palmerston
48
50
31
35
42½
10¼
3

Measuring Hearths

Diagram for Measuring Hearths

How to measure your Hearth

1). We need to know from you:

  • A. Left hand depth of hearth;
  • B. Width along front of hearth;
  • C. Right hand depth of hearth ;
  • D. Height of hearth (from carpet or floor) to top face of hearth.

2). For some Fenders (eg. Rococo or Club
Fenders) we also need to know:

  • E. Distance from front leg of fire surround to the wall (or skirting board);
  • F. Distance from side of hearth to the fire surround

Care& Maintenance

STORAGE: Polished areas should be regularly greased or oiled with a non-flammable preparation for storage until placed in the working fireplace.

DISCOLOURATION: Polished Brass and Cast Iron is not recommended for solid fuel fires, or some slight discolouration may occur as a result, though this will not affect the serviceability of the product - where there is a doubt, we would recommend that you choose black products for use in solid fuel situations.

TEMPERING: New Cast Iron Fireplaces that are to be used for burning solid fuels must be gradually tempered by initially burning small fires. Cast Iron Fires accept no responsibility for any damage incurred by failure to follow this procedure.

TILE CRAZING: Shading and crazing are inherent characteristics of glazed and ceramic tiles.

CRACKING IN MARBLES: It should be understood that many coloured marbles have inherent hairline cracking, particularly in more "figured" or highly patterned marbles. Such marbles have a greater need for reinforcement, repair and filling in one form or another. Modern fillings, however, can be virtually undetectable and should in no way be considered as "faults" - this is in the nature of the material.

UNIFORMITY OF PATTERNS: In marble quarrying, considerable variations in patterning are common, as colours and veining may vary from one piece to another. For this reason, very close uniformity of pattern is not always possible, and should not be expected. Also, for the same reason, sometimes marble has to be in two or three pieces, and is impossible always to match graining or to conceal joints.

 


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