Cast Iron Fire Backs

Fire backs originated in the fifteenth century in France, their main functions were to protect clay fire chambers from the effects of heat which caused them to crumble, and also to retain and radiate heat back into the room.  This characteristic could and still can increase heat efficiency by up to 50%.  Fire Backs were originally cast in local blacksmiths foundries for noble families; hence they tended to be richly decorated in ways that recalled great family events or achievements.  Royal families would commission regal fire back designs incorporating coats of arms similar to the Lion & Unicorn Fire Back , politicians would require fireback designs that illustrate social circumstances such as the Fairfax Fire Back.  Local noteworthy families would have fire backs that illustrate their heritages such as oak trees for medieval middle England; Royal Oak Large Fire Back  , or reputable tradesmen may have fireback designs to highlight their skills such as the medieval   Ironfounder Fire Back

The fact that these fire backs help radiate heat back into the room is a point worth remembering when installing a gas log or coal effect fireplace as they are just as effective with this type of appliance as with the traditional log burning or coal burning fire baskets. 

Some of the fire backs are still cast by hand in the traditional method, because of this sizes may vary slightly from what is displayed on the product page. The thickness of the firebacks can vary between 1/2" to 2" depending on which cast iron fire back you order. 

The fire backs are easy to install, simply lean the fire backs against the back of the fireplace. this will prevent scorching of the fireplace and radiate heat back into your room. Pleas note: These firebacks are particularly heavy, therefore in the interests of health and safety we recommend 2 to 3 people are used to lift and move the cast iron fire backs when positioning them in your fireplace. 

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  1. Rose and Portcullis Fire Back

    Rose and Portcullis Fire Back

    Dimensions: 395mm w x 535mm h (15.5" x 21")

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    £185.98

    The rose and portcullis fire back is a simple black fire back with a rose emblem at the top and a portcullis style gate in the centre. For guidance only fire back measures 395mm w x 535mm h (15.5" x 21") and weighs 22kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality traditional cast iron fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  2. Rope Twist Fire Back

    Rope Twist Fireback

    Dimensions: 660mm w x 495mm h (26" x 19.5")

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    £314.98

    The rope twist fire back is a plain cast iron fire back with a simple rope twist design running around its outer edge. For guidance only fire back measures 660mm w x 495mm h (26" x 19.5") and weighs 42kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  3. Plain Arches Fire Back

    Plain Arches Fire Back

    Dimensions: 740mm w x 665mm h (29" x 26")

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    £534.28

    The plain arches fire back is a simple double arched design with a raised edge. For guidance only fire back measures 740mm w x 665mm h (29" x 26") and weighs 57kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  4. Horse Chestnut Fire Back

    Horse Chestnut Fire Back

    Dimensions: 740mm w x 645mm h (29.25" x 25.25")

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    £537.50

    The horse chestnut fire back displays a saddled horse in front of a chestnut tree, the black cast iron fire back has a double domed top with an embossed edge. For guidance only fire back measures 740mm w x 645mm h (29.25" x 25.25") and weighs 68kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  5. Laughing Lion Fire Back

    Laughing Lion Fire Back

    Dimensions: 725mm w x 650mm h (28.5" x 25.5")

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    £565.44

    The laughing lion fire back is a stylish cast iron fire back displaying a smiling lion, a rose, thistle and the fluer-de-lys. For guidance only fire back measures 725mm w x 650mm h (28.5" x 25.5") and weighs 71kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  6. Lion & Unicorn Fire Back

    Lion & Unicorn Fire Back

    Dimensions: 735mm w x 660mm h (28.75" x 26")

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    £572.98

    The lion and unicorn fire back displays an eye catching design similar to a military crest. The traditional cast iron fire back shows the date 1664. For guidance only fire back measures 735mm w x 660mm h (28.75" x 26") and weighs 70kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

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  7. Large Flowers Traditional Fire Back

    Large Flowers Fire Back

    Dimensions: 725mm w x 885mm h (28.5" x 34.75")

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    £886.87

    The large flowers fire back has a detailed floral design on the fire back, the traditional fire back is impressive due to its size and design. For guidance only fire back measures 725mm w x 885mm h (28.5" x 34.75") and weighs 112kg, these may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process.

    Part of the acclaimed range of quality traditional cast iron fire backs from the kingsworthy foundary.

    Please Note: This fire back is particularly heavy and in the interests of health and safety we recommend 2/3 people are used to lift or move the item. 

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