Terminology Explained

Back Panel

There are different types of back panels for the different types of fires & fireplacegas (material used: granite, natural marble, micro-marble, solid wood, MDF), electric (material used: Granite, natural marble, micro-marble), coal/wood burning (material used: unique back panel manufactured for coal/wood burning products).

The back panel is the part of the fireplace that protects the back wall from heat damage.


The header is purely decorative, it serves no purpose, it can be used to display objects.


Much like the back panel, the hearth provides protection to the walls and floor from heat damage. There are different types of hearths for the different types of fires – gas (material used: granite, natural marble, micro-marble, solid wood, MDF), electric (material used: Granite, natural marble, micro-marble), coal/wood burning (material used: unique hearth manufactured for coal/wood burning products).

Lipped Hearth

A hearth with an overhang to create a lip.


Usually associated with traditional fireplaces, a corbel supports a mantelpiece/shelf. Corbels are normally made from metal, stone or wood.


Lights that gives a warm glow from the underside of an overhanging shelf. These lights are fitted to the underside of the mantel which makes an easy experience when replacing the bulbs. The downlights are quite small not spoiling the design of the fireplace. Although easily fitted – they can be tricky, we recommend you ask for advice on this if you come into any trouble.

Bevelled Edge

Bevels add to the design of the fireplace, this where two surfaces meet at an angle. Beveled edges are available on some of our fireplaces, the bevelled edge adds a soft edge to which would have been a clean-cut edge.


Chamfers are used to make a symmetrical sloping edge, this adds to the design of the fireplace making the edge neat, giving the fireplace a nice look overall.


A decorative piece usually located at the centre of the mantel/header of the fireplace.


Risers are used on many parts of the fireplace, for example, the hearth etc. Risers add depth to different parts of the fireplace.


A support often found over doors, windows, and fireplaces. It is usually made from concrete, timber, stone or steel. The lintel is a decorative architectural element is every fireplace that supports the structure and adds design.


A stage is a platform on which the fire sits up on. The stage is within the legs and the surrounding fireplace.


A slip is part of the surrounding fire that usually resembles the design of the back panel.


A veneer is a thin decorative piece of wood that is applied to MDF for added design to the fireplace.


A bioethanol fire produces a clean flame unlike a gas fire which doesn’t, but it functions the same. As it produces a clean flame there is no need for venting, it creates no soot or ashes. Bioethanol installation is an easy process.


A blower increases the efficiency of the fire, most electrical fires have a built-in blower which makes them a great option for an efficient fire. This device transfers the heat away from the fire increasing the efficiency.

Cast Effect

A paint finish that recreates the effect of cast iron.

Cast Iron

Cast Iron is used as decoration to the fireplace – back panels, etc. This is usually made from iron or an iron-carbon alloy.

BTU (British Thermal Unit)

British Thermal Units are the standard heat measurement in Britain and they are described as a unit of energy required to heat or cool one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.


Rebates are simple and can be simply done.  A rebate is a space from the wall to where the back panel is. Most rebates are usually 1 inch but can be more.


This is usually used to describe feet, corbels etc. It is a feature to the surrounding fire for a pleasing look and design.

Flame Effect

A fire that simulates real fire, meaning it’s much safer than an open flame, still giving the aesthetic pleasure, a real fire gives.

Flame Effect Only

Found only on electric fires, it gives the effect of a real fire. The cost of this is the same as a small lamp meaning the cost is very low, no worrying about running up the costs as this is very efficient.

Inset fire

Inset fireplaces are much smaller than their counterpart free standing fireplaces, meaning they are great for smaller rooms. Inset fires give a clean and tidy appearance that overall improves the design of the fireplace.

Outset fire

Outset gas fires have a very high-efficiency rating. They sit in front of the fireplace on the hearth allowing more heat to be released into the room.


Micro-marble gives a more consistent finish than natural marble, whilst still giving the look of natural marble.

Natural Marble

Natural marble contains blemishes and veins giving it its own unique look. It is inconsistent with the micro-marble design which gives its distinctive design. Marble is usually used as back panels and hearths but is not appropriate for all types of fires.


Venting is used in every coal/wood burning fireplace and some gas burning fireplaces as the harmful gases produced need to be disposed of. There are different venting requirements for different types of fireplaces.

Wall Mount

Wall mounted fireplaces are much smaller than free standing fireplaces, meaning they are great for smaller rooms. We advise that you don’t have is it a frequently visited area as if knocked it can be damaged, like any other fireplace.

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