At Scarlett fireplaces, we stopped offering our services and products for open fires in 2005 because of their inefficiencies and the excessive smoke particulate pollution they create.
We have installed most types of open fires before 2005. Our chimney knowledge came in useful to help these fuel-guzzling monsters suck most of the energy up the flue, polluting the local environment. Even when not in use they continue to rapidly pull warm air from the house. It seems ridiculous to us that; in modern times, with the economic climate, high fuel prices and depleting resources, anybody would consider opening up a hole in the roof of their home to burn fuel in the way our ancestors did 500 years ago. Just for the romance?