Fireplace Hearths

We can supply hearths in a variety of styles for gas or solid fuel use.

A fireplace hearth is a fire-resistant area placed around a fire. It is important when ordering a fireplace and hearth to know what type of appliance is going to be used. A hearth material and construction suitable for a gas fire may not be suitable for a solid fuel fire

We can supply hearths in a variety of styles and materials for gas or solid fuel use. If your fireplace is purely for decorative use then you can have any kind of hearth you like.

What Hearth Shapes are Available?

Flat Backs

Flat back Hearths are for use when the fireplace opening is level or just in front of the brickwork of the chimney.

Kicks

Kicks or tongues accomodate fireplaces openings that step back behind the wall line of the chimney breast.

Back Hearths

A back hearth is an outsized kick for where the chimney breast has been opened up to take a stove of firebasket. They can be attached to the front hearth or be a separate piece depending on the size and shape.

Cut Outs

A cut out is required when the fireplace system is fixed in the floor and is forward of the chimney e.g. Baxi Burnall underfloor and similar systems.

Boxed and Lipped

Boxed and lipped is the standard format for slate, limestone and marble hearths. The top of the hearth overhangs by 0.5 inches (1cm) at the front and either side.

Boxed Flush

Boxed flush slate, limestone and marble hearths have the vertical returns of the hearth are the same size as the top piece (this costs £10 more than the boxed and lipped price).

Fireplace Hearth Sizes

There are strict regulations governing the size of a fireplace hearth.

Floor Level Gas Fires

With living flame gas fires, the hearth needs to ensure that it is difficult for someone to lay a carpet right up to the fire.

To this end the regulations (bs5871) insist upon either a 50mm (2 inch) raised hearth or fixed fender.

The depth and width of the hearth or fender can vary with each particular gas fire, but 300mm depth (12 inches ) in front of a standard (16 inch) fire and 750mm width (30 inches ) would be a good guide as a minimum.

Solid Fuel Fireplaces

With an open fire it is recommended that the hearth be 18 inches deep. If there is a fixed fender then there is no defined limit.

For firebaskets with an open fire the hearth is recommended to be 18 inches in front of the fire as with all solid fuel fires. If there is a fixed fender then there is no defined limit.

We can supply separate back hearths for use with fire baskets.

Solid Fuel Stove
The hearth should extend 12 inches in front of any open access to the fire in the stove.

We can supply separate back hearths for use with stoves

Mantels and Hearths

If your fireplace has a mantel then the hearth size can vary.

The mantel can stand on the hearth or the hearth can sit between the mantel legs or the mantel can have "cut outs inches .

If you have exposed floorboards then the hearth should fully cover the constructional hearth to avoid seeing the concrete. If your fireplace has a mantel then the hearth size will vary depending on whether the mantel stands on the hearth or the hearth sits between the mantel legs

Our Standard Sizes
A Standard Size Hearth is 54 inches x 15 inches x2 inches thick
with or without a kick (a tongue extending back) but all other sizes are available.

Individual Hearth Tiles
Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.

The Constructional Hearth

The Constructional Hearth is a flat area of fireproof material (usually concrete) in a wooden floored house that should finish flush with the floorboards around where the fire is to be fitted.

The Decorative Hearth

On top of this constructional hearth sits the Decorative Hearth which is what usually refer to as a Hearth. This hearth is usually made from stone, slate or ceramic tiles.

Stone Fireplace Hearths

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Unslabbed Granite hearths are not suitable for use with solid fuel as the intense heat generated may cause cracking

Slabbing
Slabbing is the method of filling the underneath of the hearth with reinforced concrete. This provides a stable base for the tiles or stone and the steel reinforcements help spread the heat more evenly so that the slate or granite is not subject to heat stresses which might cause it to crack.

Tiled Fireplace Hearths

Our Slabbed Tiled Hearths are available in a range of colours in high quality glazed ceramics - suitable for all types of fuel including gas and solid fuels. These hearths are available in flat back and in tongued back models.

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Glazed Fireplace Tiles are high quality"double-fired inches tiles available in 4 inches or 6 inches sizes in the following colours

Burgundy, Victorian Blue, Basalt Black, Ivory, Victorian Brown, Teapot Brown, Victorian Green, Steele Green, Midnight Blue and
two Mottled tiles

Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.

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Tiles can be cut to make herringbone patterned or cross bonded hearths

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Quarry Tile Hearths

Quarry Tiles are a robust unglazed tile that is hard wearing

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Our quarry tile hearths are available in black, terracotta and offwhite and can be made with or without a border

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Fenders

Edwardian style fender

We can also make fenders from 6x3 inch tiles with 3 inch x 3 inch corners or from 4x4 inch tiles to any size

Our other Websites

We currently operate three Other Websites

Vic Fires.com

UK suppliers of original and reproduction Victorian fireplaces and accessories.

Twentieth Century Fires

UK manufacturers of Art Deco fireplaces with an extensive collection of original deco stoves and fires.

Edwardian Fireplaces

UK manufacturers of Edwardian fireplaces and stockist of original Edwardian fireplaces and mantels

Wood Pellet Stove

Wood Pellets and Wood Pellet Burning Stoves

Address

Vesta Works
Greg Street
Reddish
Stockport
SK5 7BS
UK

Telephone:

+44 (0)161 42 990 42