Typical open fireplaces in many British homes are often too small to accommodate a free-standing wood burning stove. Freestanding stoves are designed to have air circulating all around them, and it is especially important that there is as much space above a stove as possible with, ideally, at least 100mm on either side and 25-50mm behind.
Fortunately, many chimney breasts are wide enough that they can be opened up to really make the most of the installation. (Alternatively, the stove can be positioned in front of the chimney breast, with the flue connecting back into the chimney.)
Our recommended teams of highly experienced installers have built many bespoke fireplaces for customers, from traditional rustic brick-and-beam constructions to sleek, clean-lined modernist installations to fireplaces with beautiful made-to-measure limestone or marble fire surrounds.
At the showroom we carry large stocks of specialist-sourced beams, bricks, tiles, hearth materials, fire surrounds and everything you might require for your new fireplace.
For more pointers on whether or not your fireplace could be opened up, see our blog post: https://www.woodburners.com/about-us/blog/2019/02/28/opening-up-fireplaces-what-is-possible/