Photos of festive fireplaces (Christmas 2018)

As usual, we have been asking our customers and social media followers to feed our twin loves of fireplaces and the Christmas period by sharing photos of their festive fireplaces with us.

And as usual, lots of you have very kindly obliged by showing us how you’ve got your hearths, mantelpieces and surrounding areas decked out for a cosy Christmas.

We’ve received photos of woodburners, multi-fuel stoves and electric fires adorned with a variety of Christmas decorations for the festivities. They look great.

So light the fire, put your feet up and enjoy a well-deserved mince pie as you browse through a selection of festive fireplaces.

From Tricia Edwards. Looks like some festive viewing atop the festive fireplace.
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Christmas opening hours for Gr8Fires.co.uk

Office closed 12.45pm on Thursday, 20 December.
Reopening 9am on Wednesday, 2 January

As you have probably noticed, Christmas is fast-approaching. Our cut-off date for Christmas deliveries has now passed, with a final dispatch of appliances from our warehouse taking place yesterday.

If you ordered before 11.59pm on Sunday, 16 December, your items will be on their way and due with you before Christmas. Continue reading

Last order dates for Christmas 2018 delivery from gr8fires.co.uk

No doubt you’ll want to be warm and cosy at Christmas. If there is something you need from us that is going to help you to stay warm and cosy this Christmas, please get your order in as soon as possible.

If you would like an item to be delivered before Christmas, please place your order before 11.59pm on Sunday, 16 December (the earlier, the better). This will allow us to prepare your order for a final pre-Christmas dispatch from our warehouse on Monday, 17 December.

Ordering by this date doesn’t 100% guarantee Christmas delivery – stock levels, bad weather and other circumstances affecting the delivery companies we work with might still intervene – but, assuming nothing out of the ordinary affects the delivery schedule, all items ordered before midnight on Monday morning will be with you in time for Christmas.

So, whether you’re planning a last minute job to install a wood-burning stove or multi-fuel stove before St Nick arrives, you want to upgrade your electric fire or you need to stock up on stove parts and accessories to get your appliance ready for the busy festive season, this weekend is the time to do so.

In fact, why not place your order now (before it slips your mind, as things tend to do at this time of year). You can shop for what you need at gr8fires.co.uk and we’ll get anything you order on its way to you as quickly as possible.

Happy Christmas to you.

Can Santa Claus fit down a wood-burning stove flue pipe?

One of the biggest concerns raised by our customers before they buy wood-burning stoves from us is whether Santa Claus will be able to get down a wood-burning stove flue pipe to deliver Christmas presents.

Obviously, a woodburner is a lovely addition to any home, but would you want to install one at the expense of having presents to open on Christmas morning? Probably not.

The good news is that, despite the difficulties that might be presented to Father Christmas, he is perfectly capable of delivering presents via a stove flue pipe. Indeed he has been successfully delivering to homes with woodburners for centuries. Woodburners are currently enjoying a significant resurgence, but they have been used to heat homes for hundreds of years.

Although most flues are between five and eight inches in diameter, Santa will still be able to access any property with a woodburner. Many modern homes that have gas fires or open fireplaces with masonry flues will have access of a similar diameter.

Many newer properties have no chimney breast or fireplace at all, and Santa is still able to deliver to those.

Our understanding is that, given his previous record of getting stuck in open fireplace chimneys, Santa now prefers to uses his magic powers to squeeze himself into even homes with unlined chimneys to avoid any mishaps so those with wood-burning stoves are no different .

One consideration for stove owners on Christmas Eve is to remember to leave the door of their woodburner ajar to allow Santa easy access one he has come down the flue pipe.

As with open, gas and electric fireplaces, Santa will certainly appreciate any mince pies and drinks that are left near to wood-burning stoves on Christmas Eve.

If you’re happy to go ahead and buy a woodburner now you know Santa will still be able to deliver presents to you, you can browse our range of stoves at gr8fires.co.uk.