Firebacks

Firebacks are used to contain the fire and prevent damage to the structural brickwork of the chimney. They can be highly decorative as in some cast iron backs or highly functional as in the case of the traditional Milner fireclay design.

In deciding which type of fireback to have there are two important factors to note.

1 The fuel you will be burning

For Gas there is no restriction as to materials. The full range of ceramic fibre, fondue, cast iron and fire clay is available.

For Modern Smokeless Fuel you will need to have either a fondue or a fireclay back as the heat and fumes from the fire will be too aggressive for ceramic fibre and cast iron.

For Wood a Devon fireback is available which comes with a purpose designed bottom piece that is hollowed out so that the wood can burn more slowly on a bed of ash.

2 Appearance

Original Georgian and Early Victorian fires tended to have cast iron firebacks and often the decoration of the insert was continued through to the fireback making it an important feature.

Later fires started to use cast iron frames with fireclay bricks inserted or drop in plates of cast iron where the heaviest wear takes place. Eventually the cast frames were dropped in favour of the longer lasting fire clay mouldings, sometimes imprinted with a makers mark.

Fireclay starts as a yellowish colour but soon ages and darkens with the soot.

Fondue firebacks are made from a high alumina cement using ground fireclay as a filler and usually start as a pale grey colour.

No matter what fuel and what materials are used in your fireplace they will need to dry out thoroughly before you light a fire. It is best to build up the size of fire and length of time it is on gradually after a new installation as any residual moisture will try to evaporate when it gets heated with sometimes drastic consequences.

Cast Iron Fireback for a 16 inch insert

Cast Iron Fireback for a 16 inch fireplace insert

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This cast iron fireback is suitable for solid fuel, electric or gas fires

It will fit most reproduction or original cast iron fireplaces that have tiled panels and a 16 inch wide opening.

Height 24 inches
Width 16.75 inches (not including the lugs)
Depth 8 inches

£85

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    16.75 inches (42.5 cm)
  • Overall Height
    24 inches (60 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    8 inches (20.25 cm)
Cast Iron Fireback for a 14 inch insert

Cast Iron Fireback for a 14 inch insert

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This fireback is the most commonly used back for 14 inch opening cast iron fireplaces such as the Barcelona etc.

£80

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    16.5 inches (42 cm)
  • Overall Height
    23.5 inches (60 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    6 inches (15 cm)
  • Opening Width
    13.75 inches (35 cm)
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Cast Iron Fireback for a 14 inch insert with solid fuel kit

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This fireback is the most commonly used back for 14 inch opening cast iron fireplaces such as the Barcelona etc.

The solid fuel kit comprises a grate, ashpan (with handling tool) and a flue flap.

£110

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    16.5 inches (42 cm)
  • Overall Height
    23.5 inches (60 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    6 inches (15 cm)
  • Opening Width
    13.75 inches (35 cm)
Cast Iron Fireback for a 14 inch insert

Cast Iron Fireback for a 16 or 17 inch arched insert

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This is the generic fireback used on arched cast iron fireplaces such as the Lytton, Radley and Crown Arch etc.

It is shown with a gas flue flap.

A solid fuel kit (£25 extra) comprising a grate, ashpan (with handling tool) and a flue flap is also available to suit this fireback.

£80

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Height
    28.5 inches (72 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    7 inches (18 cm)
  • Opening Width
    17 inches (43 cm)
  • Opening Height
    26 inches (66 cm)
Devon Fireback Devon Fireback

Devon Fireback

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The classic Devon fireback is made from fondue filled with ground fireclay and is designed specifically for wood burning.

The hollowed out base section means that the wood burns on a bed of ash which is much more fuel efficient and slower burning than on a raised grate.

Devon firebacks are available in either 16 or 18 inch fire opening sizes.

The 18 inch base is used for both the 16 inch and 18 inch top piece

The price includes the base

16 - 18 inch £125

  • Size of 16 inch Top piece
  • Overall Width
    19.5 inches (50 cm)
  • Overall Height
    24 inches (61 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    12 inches (30 cm)
  • Opening Width
    15.75 inches (40 cm)
  • Size of 18 inch Bottom Piece
  • Overall Width
    21.5 inches (53.5 cm)
  • Overall Height
    4.5 inches (11.5 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    14.5 inches (37 cm)
Milner Fondue 12 inch Fireback

Milner Fondue 12 inch Fireback

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Milner Firebacks for Solid Fuel made from heat resistant fondue concrete with ground fireclay.

12 inch £50

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    15.5 inches (39.5 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    8 inches (20 cm)
  • Opening Width
    11.75 inches (30 cm)
Milner Fondue 14 inch Fireback

Milner Fondue 14 inch Fireback

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Milner Firebacks for Solid Fuel made from heat resistant fondue concrete with ground fireclay.

14 inch £55

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    17.5 inches (44.5 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    8 inches (20 cm)
  • Opening Width
    13.75 inches (35 cm)
Milner Fired 16 inch Clay Fireback

Milner Fired 16 inch Clay Fireback

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This is the most common fireback of all. It is made by a high temperature firing of selected fireclays.

A throat forming lintel (£25 extra) and a solid fuel kit (grate, ashpan and tool - £34 extra) are available if needed.

16 inch £60 (fired clay)

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    19 inches (48 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Opening Width
    15.5 inches (40 cm)
Milner Fired 18 inch Clay Fireback

Milner Fired 18 inch Clay Fireback

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This is a wider version of the 16 inch fireback above. It is made from a high temperature firing of selected fireclays.

A throat forming lintel (£25 extra) and a solid fuel kit (grate, ashpan and tool - £34 extra) are available if needed.

18 inch £70 (fired clay)

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Opening Width
    17.75 inches (45 cm)
Milner Fired 20 inch Clay Fireback

Milner Fired 20 inch Clay Fireback

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These wide versions of the classic milner shaped fireback are made in two pieces.

The vertical joint between the two pieces needs to be sealed with fire cement.

20 inch £125 (fired clay)

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    24.5 inches (62 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Opening Width
    19.75 inches (50 cm)
Milner Fired 22 inch Clay Fireback

Milner Fired 22 inch Clay Fireback

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These wide versions of the classic milner shaped fireback are made in two pieces. The vertical joint between the two pieces needs to be sealed with fire cement.

22 inch £125 (fired clay)

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    26.5 inches (67 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Opening Width
    21.75 inches (55 cm)
Milner Fired 24 inch Clay Fireback

Milner Fired 24 inch Clay Fireback

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These wide versions of the classic milner shaped fireback are made in two pieces. The vertical joint between the two pieces needs to be sealed with fire cement.

24 inch £125 (fired clay)

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    28.5 inches (73 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Opening Width
    23.75 inches (60 cm)
Ceramic Fibre Fireback

Ceramic Fibre Fireback

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A Crossley ceramic fireback for use with a gas fire

16 inch £60

  • Size
  • Overall Width
    17.5 inches (45 cm)
  • Overall Height
    22.5 inches (57 cm)
  • Overall Depth
    8 inches (20 cm)
  • Opening Width
    14.75 inches (38 cm)