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High-efficiency fires for a warmer winter

Whether gas, electric or combustible, these energy-efficient stoves combine form and function

Promotional Feature By Caroline Rodrigues |

It’s time to warm up your ideas on heating. Whether you’re looking for a statement stove or fire for a new self-build house or simply upgrading the heating in your home, the latest high-efficiency fires offer an energy-efficient heating solution that will revolutionise your room design.

1. Inset log fire

Every home deserves a beautiful focal point, and what better than a real fire? As well as providing abundant warmth the Riva2 wood burning inset fire range from Stovax has tempting good looks to catch the attention. Available in four sizes, this inset fire includes the latest cutting-edge Ecodesign combustion systems. This ensures it will deliver a high-efficiency burn with minimal emissions. A smooth sliding control makes it easy to adjust the air flow for a lazy flame, or a vivid roar. With the innovative ‘Ri-Ignite’ boost mode, igniting logs is effortless, even from a small ember.

high-efficiency wood burning stove inset into chimney breast in renovated home

The Riva2 wood burning inset fire by Stovax

2. Suspended fire

If you have a large open plan space, a statement hanging fire would be the absolute highlight. With a circular front and cylindrical body the Nordpeis ME 5.8kW wood burning stove is certainly eye-catching and it’s efficient, too. Alternatively, for the fuss-free convenience of electric heating, the Orbit electric fire by Onyx has ultra-contemporary styling. The high-efficiency fire has an exposed flame effect and lifelike oak logs to enjoy with or without the heat. A fully adjustable bracket allows for fitting to a vaulted or angled ceiling and once installed, the fire can be rotated up to 340° to alter the viewing aspect.

contemporary wood burning stove suspended from ceiling in large modern home with mezzanine

The Orbit electric fire by Onyx

3. Contemporary multi-sided fireplace

A multi-sided fireplace offers a stylish focal point, with panoramic 180° views of the flames so that warm glow can be experienced around the room. A great example is the Gazco Reflex 105 multi-sided gas fire. It incorporates advanced technology, creating a truly stunning gas flame effect almost indistinguishable from a real wood burning fire. Dual independent burners allow you complete control over this high-efficiency fire and underneath the lifelike logs, the ember bed is brought to life with Gazco’s EmberLight LED up-lighting, offering year-round ambiance to enjoy with or without the flames. An optional kit allows the fire to be altered to a two-sided model which would suit a corner installation.

high-efficiency fires: multi-sided gas fire that looks like a real wood burning stove

The Reflex 105 multi-sided gas fire by Gazco

4. Electric media wall fireplace

One of the biggest electric fire trends, and one that’s showing no signs of slowing down is the media wall. This involves creating a faux wall to integrate TV and games consoles alongside a statement fire. Although some building work is required for the structure, installing a high-efficiency fire into the surround is relatively straightforward. The new generation eReflex range by Gazco slots in beautifully, and comes with a choice of fuel effects. Since these highly efficient electric fires are WiFi enabled, you can control them using your iOS or Android device as well as the remote handset.

If you want to create moods and effects, premium electric fires from the Onyx Avanti range go above and beyond, as they can mix or match two different colour choices for both the flames and fuel bed lighting. You can even control the flame flicker speed. And to add to the ambiance, an optional mood lighting kit of colourful LEDs can connect to the Avanti and eReflex ranges. Fit the strip around a TV or underneath shelving and adjust the colours using the fire’s remote handset or app.

high efficiency electric fire inset into a media wall with smart tv that looks like artwork

The new generation eReflex electric fire by Gazco

5. Freestanding stoves

Last but not least is the tried-and-tested method – a freestanding stove or fire. For sheer convenience, select a small electric stove such as the Gazco Chesterfield 5. It can be positioned almost anywhere there is a plug socket available. If you prefer real flames, wood burning models come in various options and sizes, including contemporary Stovax Studio Air Freestanding stoves.

The Studio Air 2 Freestanding stove by Stovax

Find out more

Contact your expert Stovax & Gazco retailer to explore the range of high-efficiency fires and stoves suitable for your home.