Changing your fireplace for a more energy-efficient option

 Changing your fireplace for a more energy-efficient option

I currently have an open fire with a fireback and fireplace and a standard chimney in my front room.

I am considering changing it to a more energy-efficient option.

I have three options:

1. Insert a stove with new fireplace;

2. Put free-standing stove on a new granite hearth and keep the existing fireplace;

3. Install gas-effect fire (there is a gas supply close by) with a new fireplace.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of the three options and which would be the best option in your opinion?

Also, will I need a soot box installed in the existing chimney breast if I go for option 1 or 2 to clean the chimney?

Thanking you in advance Tony, Raheen, Limerick 

Hi Tony, thanks for your detailed question. It is amazing to be getting a stove query at the beginning of summer.

The whole discussion of stoves is a very interesting one. Believe it or not, in many new builds, people are opting to fit either an electric stove or, indeed, none at all.

The reality here is that, in a new build, your house is so well insulated and airtight that you only need a stove for effect and that if you fit a stove that is too powerful, you will literally need to dump the excess heat generated.

Kieran McCarthy: ‘In many new builds, people are opting to fit either an electric stove or, indeed, none at all.’

Fitting a stove can also negatively affect your BER rating if you opt for a fossil fuel source.

With regard to your questions, I am assuming you live in a house built some time ago.

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