Your fireplace ….. how it all started…..
For centuries fireplaces have been a central household feature, however their primary function historically was for cooking rather than heat. Ancient fire pits were sometimes built in the ground in the centre of a hut or dwelling and smoke ideally escaped through holes in the roof but was more than often blown back into the room. Chimneys, invented much later, partially fixed this problem and were more successful at venting smoke outside. With the promise of food as well as heat, the dancing flames and crackling sounds from the fire were also regarded as comforting and an essential part of any home.
The most primitive form of fireplace was in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, where it consisted of a central hearth and a rising lump of stone, slightly hollowed in one face, which formed a backing to the fire. An iron hanger to hold a pot was suspended from above.
Today, whilst most homes no longer have open fireplaces, the vast majority still choose to create a stylish and relaxing environment with a fire or stove forming the fireplace in the main living area. A combination of innovative design and state-of-the-art technology provides warmth and efficiency to complement any style of home.
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