Closed combustion fireplace: The perfect indoor fireplace solution

If you are considering options for an indoor fireplace, a closed combustion fireplace is an extremely popular choice. This product is typically a closed system unit that usually contains a glass door. At Fire and Gas Lifestyles, closed system fireplaces are part of our extensive product range – and we have some of the most stylish options available to suit our clients’ needs.

Closed combustion fireplaces are traditionally more costly to install than open fireplace units, mostly due to the complexity of its installation, but in the long-run a closed system conserves costs by using less wood and offering durability.

Whilst an open solution converts only about 30% of its fuel into heat, closed combustion solutions are designed to minimise the loss of heat and to use its fuel as efficiently as possible. Hot air is first circulated within the unit before it is expelled through the flue, which means that it generates more heat.

As a homeowner, you may feel that a closed fireplace does not offer the same ambience – but with the range of modern designs available today, this is not true! Modern units are fitted with large fire-resistant glass doors that allow you to enjoy the fire regardless.

Open vs. Closed Combustion for Indoor Fireplaces:

Many people may think that the only genuine option is an open fireplace, but this is simply not true. This option has just as much to offer! In fact, closed combustion systems have become a popular choice in homes around the globe, not only due to their fuel efficiency, but also their ability to fit in with any kind of interior design style – whether modern or traditional.

These fireplaces also generate more heat because they are closed. The glass or metal door prevents the fireplaces from sucking warm air from the room and letting it out the chimney. Thanks to the high combustion temperature, fuel burns clean and intensely, and it hardly creates any smoke. Typically, these units only lose about 20-25% of the heat it generates.

An open fireplace, on the other hand, is not as efficient in generating heat. Most only manage to achieve a 30% heat efficiency. Some homeowners also do not like the smoky smell that is often associated with an indoor, open fireplace. Within a residential environment, it is also more of a safety hazard as sparks and burning coals can escape and cause injury or major fire damage. Where pets or children are concerned, this is definitely the way to go! Also, when only considering heating efficiency, these mostly outperform open options.

Our Closed Combustion Product Range

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Why we recommend closed combustion fireplace systems…

Besides being a safer option for indoors, especially for homeowners with young children, a closed combustion fireplace is also beneficial because:

  • It is sealed and therefore smoke emissions are minimal
  • It is safer as the risk of sparks causing a fire are limited
  • It is ultra-durable
  • Of its eco-friendliness due to reduced carbon emissions
  • It is an economical, fuel-efficient choice as they burn for longer and require less wood
  • It limits the amount of clean-up required as the amount of ash is less and would therefore only need cleaning after its been used a few times

At Fire and Gas Lifestyles we offer a vast range in assorted styles, designs, shapes and colours. We even offer freestanding and built-in indoor fireplaces to meet your specific residential limitations and requirements. And, with the range of styles we have available, there is a suitable option for every budget.

Our products are sourced from various local and global brands which we have chosen carefully to ensure that we only offer the best selection of products to our clients. Some of our imported brands include DG Fires (Dik Geurts), Dru, Nordica, Dovre, and many more. Expect nothing but quality and longevity when relying on us for installation.

Browse through our various closed options, or contact our team to discuss your requirements.

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