Beginner's Guide


Fireplace Suite Diagram To get you started on your fireplace journey, this beginner guide will take you through the basic parts of a fireplace.

What you see to the right is a fireplace suite. As you can see, a fireplace suite is a complete fireplace that consists of four basic components: an inset fire (either electric or gas), a surround, a back panel and a hearth.        

Fireplace suites are great if you want a complete, no fuss fireplace that you can simply take out the box and assemble straight away (or in the case of our pre-assembled suites, you can simply plug in and enjoy).

Aside from suites, our catalogue also features standalone fires, surrounds, back panels, hearths, and surround sets (a surround plus a back panel and hearth) – perfect for those who want to replace a part of their existing fireplace, or simply want to mix and match from the catalogue.

Always check the specifications to be certain what is compatible with what, and if you're ever in any doubt don't hesitate to email or ring us for advice.

Suite Breakdown

Electric Inset Fire
The Fire
The most important part of your suite is of course your fire. We sell a selection of electric, gas and solid fuel fires, all of which offer varying styles, heat outputs and flame effects. Which type of fire you buy depends on your personal preference, although it's generally agreed electric fires are the cheapest and easiest to set up. See our electric fire guide here.
Fireplace Surround
The Mantelpiece
This is the bit that goes around the outside of a fire and gives that feeling of grandeur. We offer surrounds in a huge variety of materials, veneers and finishes, from oak veneered MDF to beautiful botticino marble. Check out our surround guide for more information.
Back Panels
The Back Panel
The bit people often forget about, the back panel sits snugly between your surround and wall, with a cut out in the centre into which you can ‘inset ‘ your fire. If your wall does not have a cavity, then you may need to purchase a surround with an adjustable rebate to allow you to inset the fire within the suite itself.
The Hearth
The icing on the cake, the hearth sits at the base of the fireplace, and has traditionally been used to protect the floor and wall from damage. Different types of fireplace will require different hearths, so make sure to check the specifications before purchasing.