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Brand Spotlight: Valor Fireplaces
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Brand Spotlight: Valor Fireplaces

Posted on Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Starting from humble beginnings in a small factory in Birmingham in 1890, Valor Fireplaces has evolved to become one of the most trusted and well-known names in the domestic fireplace industry. Valor were able to stay abreast of changes in consumers behaviour by relying heavily on research and development. In understanding the needs and wants of customers it has stood them in good stead over the years and they have been hugely successful in what they do by launching products which have...Read More

Brand Spotlight: Be Modern
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Brand Spotlight: Be Modern

Posted on Friday 18th of September 2015

In 1963 two young entrepreneurs came together with their idea to create a new business venture which was named Modern Trends. It wasn’t until 1964 that Be Modern launched on the back of it with the idea that it was human psyche’s need for a hearth as a focus for family life. In 1964 there was a reluctance to produce fireplaces, as the assumption in 1963 was that high pollution levels would lead to the extinction of traditional fireplaces. But their determination and drive certainly...Read More

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Fireplace
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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Fireplace

Posted on Monday 13th of July 2015

One great thing about installing a fireplace is that it's nearly always worth the effort. It's a tough task, but having that rustic, time-honoured image of flickering flames coupled with a natural source of heat? Easily, it's a worthwhile endeavour. It definitely helps though if you undertake this task with a good mind for what can go wrong, and so for this entry of the First Choice Fireplaces blog, we're covering 5 of the biggest mistakes to avoid when installing a...Read More

What Can You Do With A Fireplace During Summer?
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What Can You Do With A Fireplace During Summer?

Posted on Wednesday 24th of June 2015

As gratifying as they can be in the cold winter months, many people are put off from installing a fireplace for fear that it will do nothing but collect dust when the weather turns warmer. It's true that an unattended fireplace can become a bother when it's time to light up again, but there's also a lot that can be done with that little box of space when it's too hot to enjoy its primary purpose. In this entry of the First Choice Fireplaces blog, we're going to explore some of the things...Read More

Decorating Your Fireplace for Christmas
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Decorating Your Fireplace for Christmas

Posted on Monday 15th of December 2014

We all know that the fireplace is the heart of the home.  In winter, and particularly so at Christmas, this is extremely poignant as it is a safe bet that the fireplace will be a big part of creating a wonderful warm welcome for you and any visitors to your home. A fireplace is beautiful in its own right, but how do you Decorate Your Fireplace for Christmas? We have some great ideas to inspire you to create a wonderfully festive focal point this Christmas.   Read More

Guide to Energy Efficient Fires
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Guide to Energy Efficient Fires

Posted on Tuesday 18th of November 2014

With winter well and truly on the way now, our thoughts have turned to heating and creating a pleasant atmosphere within our homes.  However, the cost of energy continues to rise, and with concerns about the longevity of our supply of fossil fuels, energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind. Thankfully in recent years there have been great advances in this area, making heating your home less painful for your wallet.  

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