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Hearth Regulations for Standalone Wood Burning Stoves

Posted on the 27th June 2018

Hearth Regulations for Standalone Wood Burning StovesA hearth aims to protect the property from your stove. The rules are pretty strict if you are inserting your stove inside a fireplace recess. However, if the stove is a standalone one that will be placed outside the recess, the regulations are not that strict.

So let’s take a look at the hearth regulations that apply for a freestanding stove that’s not being inserted into a fireplace recess.

The Hearth Regulations for Freestanding Stoves

If your freestanding hearth is certified to not heat the hearth beneath it to any more than 100°C, the hearth regulations are easy and simple.

Hearth Thickness

The hearth must be at least 12mm thick and should be constructed of non-combustible materials to offer complete protection to the floor. You can choose from a wide range of materials including glass, slate, granite, concrete and stone.

Dimensions

The hearth plate should offer free space on all three sides of the stove. The boundary of the hearth must be visually obvious so as to warn the occupants and to ensure the floor does not come in direct contact with the stove.

The hearth should measure at least 840 x 840mm and must have a space of at least 225mm at the front of the stove door. However, if the stove is designed in a way that it burns with doors open, there should be a minimum space of at least 300mm at the front.

To be on the safer side, opt for a floor hearth plate that leaves 300mm of space from the stove door.

Those are the two simple regulations that your floor plate must comply with. However, if you are inserting your stove into the fireplace recess, then the rules are quite complicated and very strict.

Hearth Plates for Standalone Stoves

If you are installing a freestanding woodburning stove, then you don’t have to worry too much as there aren’t many rules to comply with as we saw above. Simply ensure that they meet with the minimum thickness and dimension requirements and you are all set.

Whether you are looking to buy a glass hearth plate or a hearth plate made of limestone, sandstone, concrete, Wharfe Valley Hearths has a wide range of hearths to offer that comply with the regulations for hearths meant for standalone stoves.

Explore our online store today and you are sure to find something that meets your taste and requirements. We also offer customisation options. Get in touch with us today for more information.

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A Guide to Buying Glass Hearths

Posted on the 20th June 2018

Hearth plates for standalone stoves are available in a variety of materials including sandstone, granite, limestone, slate, concrete and glass. Glass floor plates are stylish, easy to clean, and very affordable too. No wonder then that they are one of the most popular types of hearths. However, any glass plate won’t do. Let’s take a look at some essential aspects to consider when buying glass hearths.

Hearth Regulations

This is an important consideration. The hearth regulations are pretty straightforward for standalone woodburning stoves that heat up the floor plate no more than 100°C. You don’t need a fully thick constructional hearth. However, the glass plate should be at least 12mm thick.

Moreover, the boundary of the hearth must be obviously apparent so as to ensure the combustible floor is not exposed to the heat produced by the stove. To that end, your glass hearth plate must measure at least 840mm x 840mm with at least 225mm before the stove door. However, if the stove has been designed to burn with the door open, then the frontage should be at least 300mm.

At Wharfe Valley Hearths, all the hearths we sell strictly comply with hearth regulations for your complete peace of mind.

High Quality Glass

Ensure that the glass hearth you are buying is a toughened glass. You might think that all glass is the same. However, that’s not the truth. If the glass is not made of high quality materials, it may crack or damage easily. Be sure to buy from a reliable retailer.

Quality also refers to the finish of the glass plate. Ensure that the edges are polished consistently. Avoid buying a glass plate with unpolished edges as there’s the risk of cuts.

Wharfe Valley is a reputed provider of glass hearths in Leeds. We have a wide range of glass hearths that meet the highest standards of quality.

Price

Although glass floor plates are one of the most affordable among all types of hearths, it is important to ensure that you are paying the right price for your purchase. At Wharfe Valley Hearths, we price our products competitively to ensure you get the best value for your money.

Customisation

Sometimes the standard product might not be your first choice. You might want a glass plate that’s bigger than the minimum size requirements. Perhaps you may want a colour glass plate. Be sure to check with you provider the customisation options.

In Conclusion

There you go. Those are some important aspects to consider when buying a glass hearth. Wharfe Valley Hearths has built a reputation for offering high quality glass plates. So when you are looking to buy a glass hearth in Leeds, look no further. Order online right away.

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Four Amazing Glass Hearth Styles

Posted on the 26th May 2018

Glass hearths make for a wonderful addition to your freestanding woodburning stove. If your woodburning stove is a freestanding model and is certified to heat no more than 100°C, the hearth regulations are straightforward. The plate beneath the stove must be at least 12mm thick.

If you are looking to add a touch of elegance and style to your room, then a glass hearth is a wonderful option. A glass hearth is easy to clean, very affordable and is totally practical. Glass hearths are available in a wide range of shapes. You can pick one that perfectly suits your taste and requirements. Let’s take a look at the four amazing hearth styles you can consider for your space.

Teardrop Glass Hearths

Teardrop Clear Glass HearthsA teardrop glass hearth is perfect when you want to place your stove in the corner of a room. The stylish teardrop shape will ensure your stove stands out and creates a stunning focal point. This is one of the best selling styles at Wharfe Valley Hearths. Whether you are looking for a glass hearth that looks stylish or are looking for a unique shape, look no further than the teardrop glass hearth.

Semi-Circle Glass Hearths

Semi Circular Glass HearthA semi-circle glass hearth is perfect when you want to place your standalone stove in the center of a wall rather than placing it in a corner. It’s big in size and the excellent radius will ensure that any ash or flint finds its way onto the hearth effortlessly. If you want to ensure your floor stays visible, you can choose a clear glass hearth. However, if you want to make a bold statement, you can choose from black or a tinted hearth.

Rectangular Glass Hearths

Rectangular Glass HearthApart from helping you comply with the hearth regulations, a rectangular glass hearth will add an elegant style statement to your space. The big, bold corners will perfectly complement your woodburning stove. Whether you go for the standard size rectangular glass hearth or a bespoke size, you get a glass hearth that’s practical, stylish and bold.

Quadrant Glass Hearth

Quadrant Clear Glass HearthsThis is another great shape to consider, especially if you are looking to place your stove in a corner. A quadrant glass hearth features a simple shape that looks elegant, minimalist and stylish at the same time. It’s perfect for all types of freestanding stoves.

In Conclusion

Glass hearths are available in many other shapes including standard, truncated and square. No matter the shape and colour you choose, glass hearths make for a wonderful option when you are looking for a practical, easy to maintain and pocket-friendly hearth for your freestanding woodburning stove.

At Wharfe Valley Hearths, we offer glass hearths in a wide range of shapes, styles and finishes. Check out the collection right here and place your order online in minutes. We will have it delivered to you in no time.

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The Blue Limestone Hearth

Posted on the 18th May 2018

In case you are new to the entire hearth business, let us just tell you one thing- the purpose of a hearth is simple enough, it’s a slab of glass, granite, limestone and such which is utilised to protect your flooring and carpet against the heat from the fireplace / wood burning stove.

The Blue Limestone Hearth Range in simpler terms is an iconic product range, not only due to its core multi-faceted stone but also due to the overall look which it provides to your living space. The Blue Limestone Hearth has known to become the centerpiece of certain living spaces with contemporary and modern design at the helm of the home design. This natural stone product, complete with its natural markings is indeed a beauty of nature, which not only allows for your floor / carpet to be protected against the ember and ashes which may fall down but also provides a sight to see, with the wood burning stove adorned upon it, in all its glory.

Indeed the contrast of the fire from the wood burning stove and the classic blue tint of the hearth, further adds to the overall beauty of your living space. Especially during the time of festivities when your living space is likely to be adorned by decorations, the Limestone Hearth uplifts the grandeur of your home by providing a contrast through its colour and clear cut finishing.

Semi Circle Blue Stone Hearth
Semi Circle Blue Stone Hearth

In addition to this, though the weight of the stone along with that of the stove ought to hold the hearth place, negating the usage of any sealants / fixing material, however it may be required in some places. Though once again, these sealants may cause the colour of the stone to change overtime or may mark the stone, therefore be sure to consult with professionals prior to having sealants / fixing materials applied to blue limestone.

Further to this, we provide this product variant in a number of designs including the small semi circle, the teardrop, the inset curve and such.

In case you require any assistance, with respect to choosing as well as queries regarding your Limestone Hearth or any of our other product variants you can contact us via call 01937 574379 (option 4) and / or email, hearths@wharfevalley.co.uk dedicated team members ready to provide you with assistance, for the same.

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Three Things you Didn’t Know about Glass Hearths

Posted on the 12th May 2018

When we think of hearths for stoves, commonly the options of slate, granite, limestone or sandstone come to mind, though these traditional hearths for stoves are at times the more expensive option and in some cases may not fit well with the modern interior of your contemporary home. The new trend amongst people whilst seeking out hearths for stoves, are the glass hearths, ideal for wood burning stoves, which are proving to be the more stylish option for some individuals. However, having said that, there are certain things you may not be aware of with respect to glass hearts, which are mentioned, as follows.

Types of Finishing

Tinted Black Standard Glass Hearth
Tinted Black Standard Glass Hearth

Contrary to popular belief apart from the usual clear glass hearth which is available with us here at Wharfe Valley Hearths, we also provide smoked (tinted) or black finishing to the glass hearth. The tinted / smoked glass hearth still provides a slight view of the floor underneath however it adds more so to the modern finish of the hearth, complimenting the contemporary set up in your home. Whilst the black finishing is not the only colour which is provided by us rather we provide painting services, if you require a particular colour, in order to suit your individual needs and requirements (in order to process this we will need your RAL colour code and you can speak to one of our helpful team members, who will guide you accordingly).

Variety of Glass Hearths

Glass hearths are available in an array of shapes and designs starting from the traditional, standard rectangular glass hearth and on to even circular and inset hearths, which can be respectively utilised as per your individual requirement. In addition to this, the Teardrop Glass Hearth is another popular design, whereby the hearth features a curved front and is the perfect fit for corners, adding to the aesthetic appeal of your individual space. You can also have glass hearths with clipped corners to provide your space with a unique look, with the hearth for your stove becoming the focal point. Not to mention, if you require a particular sized glass hearth, you can opt for our bespoke service for clear and coloured option, with size options extending to a maximum of 1000mm x 1150mm.

The Slightly Less Expensive Option

This may not be known to many of you, but here at Wharfe Valley Hearths, apart from the circular glass hearth, our prices for glass hearths do not exceed three hundred pounds unlike its counterparts. One of the limestone hearth’s extends to three hundred and ten pounds, while one of the sandstone hearth’s extends to three hundred and thirty five pounds; whereas the glass hearth (once again, with the exception of the circular glass hearth) does not extend beyond a particular range. However, that is not to say that the counterparts of glass hearths ought to be ruled out, though if you are in search of a slightly less expensive option, then the glass hearth is the one to go for.

For further information and / or assistance, you can contact us through call 01937 574379 ( option 4 ) and / or email, hearths@wharfevalley.co.uk; and talk to any of our team members for guidance on how to choose the best hearth for your stove.

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Where on ‘Hearth’ Do I Begin

Posted on the 4th May 2018

As a first timer of buying hearths, the plethora of options available when it comes to hearths may leave you confused as to which one to buy- you may be asking yourself, do I really need one? And, if I do, which one should I opt for? Though, not to worry, here at Wharfe Valley Hearths we not only aim to provide you with the best quality of products, but also aim to assist you in choosing the best option for yourself. Therefore, we will start with the basics;

What is a Hearth?

If you’re new to the market of stoves and / or more specifically new to the concept of hearths for stoves; hearths are essentially heat resistant products (materials include limestone, sandstone, slate, granite, concrete or glass) which are utilised to cover the floor around a fireplace or wood burning stove. The main aim is to protect your flooring and / or carpeting against the potential flammable material which could fall upon it and to protect your flooring and / or carpeting from the heat which emanates from these fireplaces or wood burning stoves.

Different Hearth Products on Offer

Our range of Glass Hearths are gaining popularity due to their clear cut design and the element of style which is added to the space as a result of their fine finish- you can find all information pertaining to glass hearths thorough our previous blog post, ‘Why Go For Glass Hearths’.

Semi circle Black Granite Hearth - Main
Semi circle Black Granite Hearth
Granite Hearths also form part of our wide array of hearth products which we have on offer, along with other stone options. The granite hearths allow for the convenience of an easy to clean surface, which can catch the embers and / or ashes which may fall upon it thereby protecting your flooring and carpets alike. These granite hearths are usually 20mm thick however 30mm is also available on offer as result of the bespoke services which we offer along with its delivery. These granite hearth variants include honed, flamed and polished granite hearths. Sandstone Hearths too are a part of our product range, which are available in the colours of grey, golden and beige, which can be chosen keeping in mind the design and style for which the hearth is required. They too share the attributes of the granite hearths, whereby they provide protection from ash spillages which may occur, hence protecting your flooring or carpet.

These are just some of the products / types of hearths available in terms of the material, which can once again be as per your requirement, due to our bespoke services. However, a point to be noted here is that, as with all of our hearth products, at the time of installing the wood burner, be sure to have it lifted and placed carefully in its place so as to avoid any marks which may appear on the hearth, if it is dragged across. In addition to this, it should be ensured that at the time of handling the stone, the individual who is doing so ought to have clean hands in order to avoid marking your clean cut hearth.

For further information you can contact our team members, who can equip you with the details our entire product range along with recommending which product variant may be the perfect fit for you ( call 01937 574379, option 4 and / or email, hearths@wharfevalley.co.uk).

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Why Go For Glass Hearths

Posted on the 27th April 2018

Hearths are gaining popularity as key interior design elements with their visual impact adding to your home’s overall modern design and construction. They may cover the entire wall around a fireplace or may just cover a part of it, along with covering the floor space in front of it, allowing for ashes, embers or even falling pieces of wood to fall upon it rather than on to the surrounding carpet or wooden floor. This not only protects your floor against damage, but at the same time allows for safety against the potential flammable threat which arises if the aforementioned fall to the floor. Not to mention, especially during the winter time, members of your household and even visitors have a chance to huddle around the fireplace, becoming warm and toasty in the process. Adding to this, though in most cases you may not pay attention to the material of the hearth, provided it fulfills its basic purpose, as mentioned previously however in some cases it becomes a necessity to look for that ‘something extra’ as at times the simple slab hearths do away from the overall interior look of your house, with a part of your floor being covered up by the opaque slab.

Teardrop Clear Glass HearthsHere come the Glass Hearths, which have been introduced for the first time within the UK here at Wharfe Valley Hearths; ideal for wood burning stoves, these high quality glass hearths add a touch of grandeur to your home whilst allowing for the look of your floor to be maintained, due to its transparency. The premium quality 12mm toughened glass, used for Glass Hearths, is heat resistant, which further makes it the best material for choice in case of combustible flooring.

Since the Glass Hearths for stoves are non combustible in nature thereby allowing for your floor to be protected against the heat emanating from your stove along with any deposits, from the same.

Still unsure as to why you should go for Glass Hearths? Don’t worry, here at Wharfe Valley Hearths, we believe in providing the best service and advice to our customer i.e. you. Therefore, we can resolve any confusions or misgivings you may have, with respect to Glass Hearths or any of our other product ranges. Being a pioneer company within the UK to think outside the box and introduce the Glass Hearths, we further go one step ahead than all other competitors in providing constant consultations to ensure your chosen Hearth is to your liking and is in accordance with your requirements.

For further details on Glass Hearths or upon any of our available products, you can reach us through the ‘Contact Us’ option along with contacting us directly via call, 01937 574379 ( option 4 ) and / or email, hearths@wharfevalley.co.uk.

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Choosing Your Hearth

Posted on the 28th January 2017

The hearth is an important part of the fireplace construction and set up and the hearth can be made of or covered in a number of different materials. Most foundations for fireplaces and hearths are made of poured concrete slabs. You can cover these slabs with slate, tile, stone or just about any other non-flammable material like our most popular glass hearths.

The hearth foundation is often an extension of the base of the fireplace or it is a separate concrete slab that is poured to extend the area put from in front of the fireplace. The reason for the addition of the hearth is twofold- one it helps prevent fires by giving an area for sparks, embers, and logs to fall or roll onto without setting everything round it on fire; and two is gives people a place to sit close to the fireplace in order to enjoy the warmth and comfort of the roaring fire.

Usually the biggest challenge that is seen when it comes to the construction of the hearth is planning ahead enough so the floor of the room is at a level compared to the hearth so the connection of the two transitions cleanly and neatly. Sometimes this is addressed by making the hearth raised, almost like a small ledge of bench that surrounds the fireplace and gives a place to sit and a place to catch embers before they fall down onto the floor. Another option is to have the hearth and floor at basically rue same level and use a small beveled strip of finishing material to seal the seam between the hearth and the floor to give it a clean and neat finished look and feel.

Many different materials can be used to cover the hearth and give a beautiful finished look:

Semi circle Riven Slate HearthSlate is a wonderful choice and is a very popular material for a fireplace hearth for a number of reasons. It is one of the most durable, it is easy to care for and clean, it resists heat well, and also has a nice clean look to it.

Tiles comes in a number of styles and colors so it is easy to find a look that blends well with the rest of the room and home décor. Tile is also fairly easy to clean and holds heat well without getting too hot.

Marble slabs are becoming more and more popular with modern home constructions that include a fireplace hearth. It is elegant, classy, easy to clean, resists wear and tear, adds value to home, and has many color options.

Concrete is the basic foundation for almost all hearths and it also makes a nice simple finish for a hearth too. It is durable, heat resistant, affordable, and can look nice as a rough or polished finish.

There are other options available for hearths and any fire proof material could be used. To learn more about the options that you have to choose from or for help deciding what the best choice may be, contact us today! We would be glad to help!

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Introduction to Fireplace Hearths

Posted on the 14th January 2017

When you hear someone use the term hearth, it generally is being used to refer to the masonry work that covers the floor and chamber inside and around a fireplace or wood burning stove. This masonry construction is designed to allow for ashes, embers, and flaming piece of wood that may fall or rollout of the fireplace or stove to fall on stone rather than on flammable materials such as wood or carpet. The word hearth may also, in many contexts, indicate the fireplace as a whole and abstractly has come to represent the warmth and safety of a family unit. There are many different types and styles for hearths but they all help our family stay safe and warm while enjoying a roaring fire in the chilly fall and winter months.

Square Clear Glass HearthsHearths are generally constructed from stone, brick, cement, or tile. “Hearth materials may come in a variety of colors and styles. Rustic-looking fireplaces may use hewn rock. Contemporary fireplace design may incorporate limestone, marble, sandstone, or even synthetic composite products. Each has a different level of heat resistance, and some materials are better than others, depending on the intended use of a fireplace or wood-burning stove” (WiseGeek). However, here at Wharfe Valley Hearths, we were the first UK company to think outside the box. That’s when we started to sell Glass Hearths for stoves

It may cover part or all of the wall around a fireplace, as well as the floor in front of it. Many hearth designs also feature a mantle above the fireplace which traditionally is used to display photos and other décor ad to hand stocking on at Christmas time. For wood stoves, the hearth may be simple tile, stone, or ceramic slab that the stove sits on. The slab will extend for a few inches around all sides of the stove to catch falling ashes and embers.

Traditionally, hearths came to be because any people did their cooking on and around the fireplace and needed a flat safe place to put pots and pans without catching the floor on fire. Also, many buildings and homes were once heated with wood stoves and fireplaces and hearths allowed for the heat to be held in the room and also gave families a place to site close to the warmth without the risk of being burned. Everyone from the rich to the poor had hearths if they had fireplaces or stoves but naturally the more well-off a family was the nicer their fireplace and hearth would be so for some a nice hearth was a sign of social status as well as a practical way to stay warm and a place to prepare food.

Hearths come in many shapes and sizes, and are made using a variety of building materials. Larger ones are often found in larger homes with large living rooms in order to give more area for the family to gather around the fireplace.  Hearths today are often considered to be a key interior design element for a room, especially up north where fireplaces are common. The visual impact that a fireplace and tile or stone hearth can give is a popular design choice in modern designs and constructions, making them a popular option that more and more homeowners are including in their home’s design and décor.

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Fireplace Safety for the Winter Season

Posted on the 7th January 2017

Winter is upon us and while this is the most joyous time for many families, there is a hidden risk that comes with the cooler temperatures and snow fall. A roaring fire on the hearth and the beauty of the fireplace make this season extra special. But before enjoying your fireplace this winter it is important to make sure that all components, including the hearth, mantle, and chimney are all inspected and ready to go.

Hearth Cleaning and Inspection

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends getting your chimney cleaned and inspected annually before the active burning season sets in. There are several hazards that can turn the enjoyable fireplace and hearth into a health and safety hazard for you and your family and your pets. The most dangerous involve the buildup of soot, creosote, and glaze, all of which can pose a serious fire risk and also can poison the air of your home if not properly removed and cleaned out.

Soot is the well-known byproduct of chimney fires and is composed of a black flaky or powdery substance. It is created by the incomplete burning of logs and is made up mostly of amorphous carbon and a small amount of actual ash. The less ash present in the mix, the more dangerous soot is. This is because the carbon is very flammable and can catch fire up in the chimney if burning embers from the fire are carried up and ignite on the soot.

Creosote is another common substance that can accumulate in the chimney and fireplace and create a fire hazard. Creosote is smoke and vapor residue that is left over from wood that is not burned completely. A highly flammable material, creosote may look like soot at first but it is a harder deposit of dark flaky material in your chimney liner.

Glaze is another major fire and safety hazard in the fireplace and takes on the form of shiny, tar-like substance which creates black puddles in your chimney. Glaze is more difficult to clean and remove because it is thick and sticky and it’s a more dangerous fire hazard due to the fact that there is more of it in a small area. Glaze has also been known to create icicle-like deposits that can form over the fireplace or along the inside walls of the chimney.

A final fire risk that needs to be checked is for any problems with the fuel line if you use a gas fireplace. The most common issue with the fuel line is cracks or breaks in the line which can cause gas to leak into the home and cause a major fire hazard. A fuel lining crack should be repaired before using the fireplace.

Other Fire Prevention Tips

  • Make sure there are smoke alarms on every level of your home and that they are checked monthly and the batteries changes as needed.
  • Get a carbon dioxide alarms to alert your family to the risk of cab on monoxide poisoning which is a critical precautionary step, since the deadly gas has no smell.
  • Dispose of ashes carefully and ensure they are properly cooled so as to not start a fire by dumping hot ashes inappropriately.
  • Burn only seasoned firewood or logs in your stove because the less moisture your firewood contains, the less soot and creosote buildup there will be.
  • Do not forget about cleaning and taking care of the hearth as it is an important part of your fire place safety set up and help keep your home safe from fire risks.