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An area which is expanding rapidly, Rotherham is a collection of villages, suburbs and countryside which combine to make the historic and culturally diverse borough.
With its feet in agriculture and industry, the borough of Rotherham includes the towns of Maltby, Wath-upon-Dearne and Dinnington. Yet not content with this, it also includes districts such as Canklow, Clifton and Moorgate.
However, with Doncaster and Barnsley so close by, there is a lot of confusion about where the boundaries actually lie. Micklebring and Stainton are technically part of Doncaster, whilst Dearne and Goldthorpe apparently belong to Barnsley, yet all four have a telephone dialling code and postal code for Rotherham!
But whether you live in the heart of Rotherham town centre, a village in the borough such as Bramley or Hoober, or even in one of the borderline areas such as Braithwell, as the colder weather draws ever closer you might be wondering about whether you should install an inset fire in your home.
They undoubtedly offer convenience but can they ever match the appeal and practicality of an outset fire? We take a look at some of the pros and cons of an inset fireplace.
No more mess
Although the beauty of a real flickering flame is unquestionable, you have to ask yourself whether all the cleaning up and hassle is worth it in the long term.
It’s possible to install both gas inset fires and electric inset fires so you can pick a model which provides you with the look you want, without any of the mess.
There are not many households that wouldn’t benefit from saving a bit of money on their utility bills so inset fires score a big win in this area.
Much simpler to fit and install, you don’t need to go to the expense of installing a flue liner or paying a chimney sweep.
And in addition to the installation costs, you won’t need to find, locate and buy logs, coal or other fuel in order to keep your home warm.
Ready supply of fuel
By choosing either an electric or gas fire you have the reassurance of just simply flicking a switch or turning a dial and seeing your fire spring into life.
Residents of Rotherham unfortunately know only too well the perils which Mother Nature can bring. The floods of 2007 left many households cut off with supplies unable to be brought in.
For those individuals with solid fuel fires, not being able to receive their supply of fuel, or seeing their own stash washed away or rendered unusable, disasters like the Rotherham floodwaters of 2007 can be even more catastrophic.
If you’ve ever sat in front of a stove, you will know how quickly the room can become not just warm, but positively tropical. And there’s an almost delicious delight in thawing out cold fingers and toes in front of a wood burner.
Inset heaters undoubtedly tick many boxes but these kind of fires are not as effective as flooding the room with heat as quickly. And this means it can not only take longer, but you can burn more fuel in your bid to take the chill out of the air.
Not as desirable
No matter how expensive a model you buy, an inset fire will never have the same kind of appeal as a more traditional kind of fireplace.
Although they take a bit more maintenance, it’s possible to buy smokeless fuel which produces less residual ash so that the work involved in having a real flame fire is minimal compared to what it may have been in the past.
And given the choice between lazing in front of a stove watching the flames flicker and the wood gently crackle and staring at metal bars, there isn’t really any debate about which would be the most popular.
Not as versatile
Not every kind of freestanding fire is attached to a flue; it’s possible to get freestanding electrical fires too. This provides all the advantages that an inset fire has, plus the versatility to unplug it and move it around at will.
Every type of fire has its pros and cons and inset fires are no different. The final choice you make will inevitably depend on your priorities, space and the access to fuel in your area. But whatever you finally decide, there are plenty of fireplaces for your Rotherham home. This will ensure your home is not just warm but beautiful too.
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