How To: Build A Fireplace Surround

Our cast iron built-in fireplaces include two components of heating, namely convection and radiation. The radiation heating comes through the glass in the form of infrared waves, but for the convectional heating to work correctly and not only heat the space directly around the combustion chamber, but the entire room,, there is a component ofRead More

Choosing Your Heating Solution With Camino Fires

Selecting the correct heating solution –whether it’s a fireplace, radiator or braai- is a vital aspect of ensuring the enjoyment of many hours of warmth and comfort, in your own home with maximum ease and efficiency. Camino Fires is an innovative, solution-oriented company that prides itself in providing helpful insights, accurate advice and a wideRead More

Calculating The Correct Fireplace Size

The most effective and consistent method of comparing the heating capability of a selected fireplace is by looking at the nominal power in Kw of each fireplace. Every heating company uses a slightly different method of calculating the required heating for a specific area. At Hydrofire we have carefully selected 40 Watts/m³ as the workingRead More

Freestanding vs Built-in Fireplaces

Another important decision to be made is whether you would prefer a built-in or freestanding fireplace. Generally, a freestanding fireplace adds a little bit of old school charm to a room and is much easier to install because it only requires flue pipes to be run through your ceiling and roof cavity. In most cases,Read More

Insulated vs Single Wall Flues

The two types of flue systems commonly used in South Africa, are single wall (non-insulated) flues and double wall (insulated) flues. The single wall flue is a simple stainless steel duct. When hot gases move through the non-insulated flue, its outer surface becomes extremely hot. This is not ideal if the flue needs to runRead More

Beware Galvanised And Mild Steel Flues

Purely because of the low price, some people opt to use galvanised or mild steel flue pipes. However, for closed combustion fireplaces these materials should be avoided at all costs. Closed combustion fireplaces produce a higher concentration of corrosive gases than open fireplaces and the Acetic Acid produced as the wood burns will eat throughRead More

3 Ways to Start a Fire

There are a few ways to start a fire, each having more or less the same result if you are using dry, good quality wood. Everyone has their own tips on how to start a fire. Some swear that there is only one way (their way, of course) and that all other ways are aRead More

How to Keep a Wood Burning Fireplace Clean

If you have been wondering how to keep a wood burning fireplace clean, you may already know that a clean fireplace is a well-functioning fireplace. But, while the cleaning process is always important to ensure that you enjoy your fireplace for many years to come, it is even more important to ensure that you stayRead More

Avoiding Wet Wood

During winter finding a dry firewood supplier can be often tough, which is why storing your own wood is sometimes the best option. You should avoid using wet logs wherever possible for the following reasons: The moisture in the logs decreases their ability to create heat for burning and effectively warm the room. Most ofRead More