Which of your rooms can benefit from a fireplace?

If the steady approach of the New Year has you weighing up whether to get a new fireplace installed, you may have some queries. People often ask whether or not they can install a fireplace in their kitchen, bedroom, or conservatory. Often, there is the misguided opinion that you can only install a fireplace if you have an existing chimney in your living room! However, there are other options that you can take advantage to get a fireplace in the room you would like it.

Where can electric fireplaces be installed?

An electric fireplace can provide you with bundles of freedom, allowing you to install a fireplace in any room of your home, on any wall. It does not matter if the wall you would like your fireplace to be in is exterior or not – all it needs is a connection to your electricity supply. Without a chimney or a gas supply, your electric fireplace can grace any wall of your home, whether this is upstairs or downstairs.

Electric fireplaces are often used as an alternative to a wood burning stove, with the benefit that you can also turn on the illusion of the fire without the heat. This makes them a great option throughout the summer months, as well as turning on the heat in the winter for that cosy feeling.

Where can gas fireplaces be installed?

Gas fireplaces are slightly more complicated than electric fireplaces, but they can offer the same freedom. A lot of the time gas fireplaces need to be installed on an exterior wall, as this allows the fumes to be expelled through a pipe to the outside. A gas fireplace can sometimes be installed on an internal wall, as long as there is an outlet available.

This will be a flue that can vent through the ceiling of your desired room, through the rooms on the upper floor and take fumes out through the roof. This will allow you to have your gas fireplace in any room you like. It’s a good idea to check with the experts whether this is possible in your property– they will be able to advise you on the best course of action!

Where can I install a wood burning stove?

For wood burning stoves, an existing chimney is ideal. However, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a chimney already – other steps can be taken. The alternative option to a chimney is a twin wall flue system. A twin wall flue system is a series of pipes which are wrapped in insulation. These pipes sit within an outer tube, which keeps the flue temperature warm enough to draw the fumes through the pipe to be expelled outside. There are two types of these flue systems that could work for your home:

  • Internal twin wall flue system – An internal flue system runs through your ceilings and walls of the upper floor and up through the roof.
  • External twin wall flue system – The pipes from the flue system will be connected to the stove and then exit the property through an external wall. The pipes will run up the side of the house to expel the fumes a safe distance away.


There are various benefits to both of these options, and it is something to discuss with the fireplace experts when you enquire about installing a fireplace in your home! These various options allow your home to benefit from a fireplace in any room you would like, whether it be a gas, electric, or wood burning fireplace. There’s no reason to limit yourself to the living room! If you’d like to enquire about a fireplace for your home, contact Fiveways Fires & Stoves on 0208 127 4747 or email .