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Fireplaces That Are Uniquely Engineered & Designed

Our fireplaces are engineered using heat-retaining technology that provides you with a wood-burning fireplace that offers excellent heating capacity far beyond that of a normal combustion fireplace. Unlike conventional slow combustion fireplaces, we specialise in the construction of custom designed ceramic masonry fireplaces. Long used in central and northern Europe the concept of masonry heaters is relatively new to South Africa. The full ceramic structure of the fireplace stores the energy it generates and provides it as radiant heat long after the flames have gone. Our range of custom designed wood burning fireplaces will efficiently warm up your home, and will add great value to your home thanks to the stylish looks of all of our unique designs. And yes, all of our Designer Fireplaces are also eco-friendly fireplaces.

Masonry Heater internal

The ceramic combustion and heat storage chambers: the larger the living area the more heat storage chambers are required

Our Ceramic Masonry Fireplaces use a maze-like chimney that is created out of ceramic firebrick to release both gases and smoke from the burning of wood in a slow deliberate fashion. This allows the ceramic firebrick to retain as much of the generated heat that is created by the escaping gases and smoke as possible. In fact, each and every one of our Ceramic Masonry Fireplaces that we build are carefully and uniquely designed for the exact interior space that they are being built to heat. This ensures that only the smallest amount of heat escapes and all of our Ceramic Masonry Fireplaces hold 80% more heat than any conventional fireplace built using ferrous metals such as cast iron. Their heat conductivity is also 1/45 that of iron or steel, which helps to ensure that our unique fireplace builds efficiently heat a home for up to 6 to 12 hours after the initial fire has stopped burning.

Why Choose a Ceramic Masonry Fireplace?

Ever wondered how Europe survives its cold winters? This is thanks to the use of masonry fireplaces that are used to warm interior spaces through the use of radiant heat. These masonry heaters “capture” the heat from the periodic burning of fuel, in the case of our Ceramic Masonry Fireplaces this is wood, and then radiate it back into a home or workspace at a constant temperature over a long period of time. By doing this, these fireplaces are designed for your unique heating requirements and offer the following benefits:

Light the fire once day – no constant wood reloading required
Large area heating capacity – keep your family warmer for longer
Wood ash removal only 1-2 times per year – easy to clean and maintain
Always have a clean fireplace window – enjoy the feeling of a real wood fire

The cycle of short firings and long periods of heat-release mentioned above help ensure that Ceramic Masonry Fireplaces that we build are a much more convenient option for heating a house with wood that the more conventional steel fireplaces so often found in South African homes. This is because you can typically light a fire in the evening when you return home from work, and thanks to the glass doors that are fitted in our fireplaces you can enjoy the ambience of a real wood burning fire. Then, overnight and throughout the next day when the fire is no longer alight the radiant heat generated by the Ceramic Masonry will still be warming the house, ready for the cycle to start again next evening.

What is a Ceramic Masonry Fireplace?

A Ceramic Masonry Fireplace is a freestanding fireplace that is made of masonry such as ceramic brick or firestone. It consist of a firebox as well as heat-exchange channels that help to provide additional surface heating areas. The fire in a Ceramic Masonry Fireplace burns much hotter than in a metal stove. Not only does this help to lower the emissions rate during the combustion process, making them very eco friendly, but when not being fired the extra heat generated is slowly released over time as it is radiated from the heat trapping masonry.

Although it is a well-known fact that masonry takes a little longer to heat than metal, once ceramic masonry is warm it is able to radiate this heat over a much longer period of time. It also radiates this heat at a much lower temperature than metal fireplaces, which makes them incredibly child friendly. In parts of Europe and North America even beds are sometimes built adjoining the masonry stove. This is made possible thanks to the fact that the heater’s exterior surfaces are cool enough to touch safely, even when they are generating heat.

Fireplaces With a Proven History!

The idea behind radiant heat fireplaces can be traced as far back as 5,000 B.C. when massive blocks of masonry were used to retain heat and foreshadowed what was to become the earliest forms of fire hearths. But it was not until about 500 years ago that the first kachelofen were designed and built with the purpose of heating a relatively large home. In fact, the skill needed to build these amazing natural heat fireplaces was so valued that it became a distinct trade and the master masons who built them became known as ‘hafnermeisters’.

For Fireplaces in Cape Town, Contact Us

To request a free assessment from our Designer Fireplace Team in Cape Town simply fill in the “request an assessment” form at the top of this page, or call us directly at our offices in Somerset West. With our many years of experience in the construction of fireplaces, we will design and build the perfect heat-retaining ceramic fireplace for your home or business.