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Fireplaces are a means of surrounding an appliance with a decorative feature commonly used to frame an open fire, stove or inset fire. They come in three different material types such as stone, marble or timber. Fireplaces are available as a shelf and beam or surround variant.

Non combustible fireplaces are also an option to meet the distance to combustibles as well as looking very realistic.

Please note: Fireplaces are commonly known as a term to describe the whole containments of a heating appliance installation not just the surround.

It can be very difficult to find the perfect fireplace as there are many different designs, regulations and material variants that can alter your decision.

This is why we have compiled this ultimate guide for 2021 to help you choose the best fireplace. A fireplace can be the perfect addition to your home.

Why buy a fireplace?

Fireplaces are a fantastic choice for your home – many customers select them as a handsome piece to add character to their property; but they are so much more.

As well as framing your appliance beautifully they do serve a purpose. They allow the heat to be deflected, this is very beneficial if you want to add a tv above or place items on your surround.

Fireplace Cost

The cost of a fireplace varies enormously depending on a range of factors, including the variant of fireplace, size of the fireplace and design type.

Small beams can be purchased for as little as £150-£300 and can be even cheaper when bought as ex-display pieces. Stone & marble fireplaces are set at a slightly higher price point ranging from £800+ with more elaborate pieces available for considerably more.

Cost is a big factor when choosing your fireplace and needs to be weighed up against your preferred type. If you’re set on a type, not to worry! There are many styles available on the market at different price points.

It’s a great idea to talk through your needs with our experts – they can help you to understand which type of fireplace is right for you.

Fireplace Types

We look more into the different types of fireplaces:

Stone Fireplaces

Stone fireplaces can come in traditional or modern designs and can be the perfect focal point to any home. We supply and install manufacturers such as Chesney’s and FDC Fireplaces in Reading, Berkshire. Our limestone fireplaces range can be used to frame a wood burning stove, multi-fuel stove, electric stove or gas fires.

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Marseilles Stone Fireplace

Moreover, we supply and install Aegean Limestone fireplaces and surrounds which is fine grained and infused with thousands of minute fossils. We also work with Portuguese Limestone fireplaces which is a light cream coloured material, naturally veining and fossils throughout. Moreover, we also stock Chamot Limestone fireplaces which are a slightly darker shade of cream along with Sandstone fireplaces also.

Furthermore, you will find a large range of stone fireplaces for sale today at Bonfire Stoves & fireplaces in our Reading, Berkshire showroom near London. Available to get a quote and buy complete with a surround, back panel and hearth, you can find everything you need for a beautiful new stone fireplace right here.

Marble Fireplaces

Marble fireplaces are timeless and become a key centre point to any home. We supply and install in Reading, Berkshire near London. Modern and traditional micro marble and natural marble fireplaces, mantels and surrounds. A micro marble fireplace has a charm and elegance of traditional marble, and is much more resistant to damage and stains – and they’re more affordable, too! Marble fireplaces can be framed around wood burning stoves, multi-fuel stoves, electric stoves and gas fires.

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Marble Fireplace

Moreover, we have a fantastic selection of natural & micro marble fireplaces from the highest quality manufacturers, including FDC Fireplaces and Chesney’s. We have one of the largest ranges of styles and designs on offer in our Berkshire showroom, so whether you want modern marble or something more traditional, you’ll find it right here.

In addition, we also offer complete package deals. Take a look at our micro marble and natural marble packages which contain a hearth, back panel and gas fire or electric fire.

Timber Fireplaces

Wooden fireplaces can be a mantle or beam form, whatever suits your framed wood burning stove, multi fuel stove, electric stove or gas fire. They slot into most homes with ease and are very popular due to how popular they are. They offer a traditional feel but with a modern twist. The stylish lines work extremely well in brand new spaces as well as cosy cottages. Come and visit our showroom for more examples of Berkshire fireplaces.

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FDC Lincoln Timber Fireplace Surround

Additionally, our wide range of wooden fireplaces in our showroom which is situated in Berkshire, Reading near London includes all designs and finishes including oak, pine and other solid wood solutions from FDC Fireplaces. Our solid wood range is designed to appeal to many people but you can be confident that choosing us for your oak fireplace will mean a perfect match as well as looking totally unique in your home surroundings. Wooden beams and mantles can be false (cast concrete) which look very realistic or real wood. Come and visit or showroom for a better idea!

Fireplace Manufacturers

There are many fireplace manufacturers around the world that produce high quality fireplaces with a range of stone, marble and timber.

It can be tricky trying to find the best brand for your requirements. This is because manufacturers offer varying types, designs, and uses, so choosing the right one is imperative.

Some of the most popular fireplace manufacturers:

  • Chesney’s – High quality stone fireplaces
  • FDC – More affordable stone, marble and timber fireplaces in a range of designs.

How do you install a fireplace?

We would recommend using a HETAS or Gas Safe Registered installer to guarantee your installation is safe, complies with distance to combustibles and UK building regulations.

Fireplace Requirements

Fireplaces must comply with distance to combustibles and comply with building regulations in the UK. The building regulations are designed to keep you and your family safe.

The easiest way to make sure it complies is to get a specialised HETAS installer, they will be able to make sure your installation adheres to all current regulations.

There are no UK building regulations for the size of the fireplace opening and anything that specifies the air gap around a stove, these are displayed in manufacturers stove instructions, which should not be ignored!

The fireplace opening itself should not contain any combustible materials. Plasterboard is a combustible material.

Non combustible wood beams are an available option. They’re moulded and painted to look like wood and are very realistic.

Fireplace History


Can I place a TV above my fireplace?

Yes you can! Just make sure to check every so often to see if your tv is getting too hot.


  1. Dipika Annecchiarico

    Do you do bespoke surroundings for fireplaces?

    Do you come and measure up/quote us?


  2. Yes we do! Please get in contact with us via email ( or phone (0118 970 1717) and we can quote you accordingly.

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