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Reinstating flame

Theatre Royal London Opti-myst

There’s no disputing the power of flame. It’s striking, eye-catching and enticing. But using flame as a design element and incorporating it into some spaces can come with challenges around health and safety, cost and building regulations, to name a few.

If you want to restore, change, or make a fireplace operational once again, then heritage sites have more challenges than most. Before the middle of the 20th century almost all rooms were heated by open fires. They can be an integral part of the history of the room and add to its authenticity.  However, with potentially blocked flues, damaged chimneys and unusable grates, it can be difficult to reinstate the fireplace to its former glory and meet all the safety and building regulation requirements.

One way to overcome these challenges is to use electric flame technology. It provides the same authentic experience as real flame; a sense of warmth, comfort and belonging - adding ambience to a space and making people feel welcome. Developed to mimic real flame, these electric fires can be used in a variety of ways and offer much more flexibility than traditional fires.

In addition to the flexibility of electric fire installations, there are also other benefits. There is no requirement for a chimney or flue, the product is safe because it’s cool to the touch and the technology is energy efficient and low maintenance, leading to low running costs. Also, with no real embers there is no risk of a fire starting.

One example of flame technology in action is in the Royal Receiving Room at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Constructed in 1720, the theatre is famed for its interior and is decorated in a Louis XVI style. The dated fireplace was in need of a refresh but most importantly, it needed to be done in keeping with the décor of the room.

The theatre used Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation’s Optimyst flame technology to provide not only a realistic three-dimensional flame effect, but a smoke effect as well. Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation added a realistic log bed and the real fireplace effect was complete.

Electric fires provide all the same effects as real flame. Flame technology can be used to bring back atmosphere and authenticity to your heritage project. The barriers to flame no longer exist.