A Fireplace grate is the essential componenent upon which the fuel is burnt. The grate sits above the ash pan and has lateral bars to allow solid fuel to sit on top and the ash to fall below, this allows for a clean air flow for a healthy fire. A fire grate that holds the fuel against the back wall will maximize the output and minimize smoke.
Some fire grates such as the all night burner fire allow the fire to burn all night safely by controlling the burning rate of the fire causing it to smoulder safely, for long periods of time.
Modern Universal Fire Grates are designed to fit into traditionally tapered, post war, pre cast fire chambers . They normaly have four legs and bowed fronts, they are sized to the British standard classification, based on the imperial width of the fire opening at the front, in 2” increments typically from 14” to 18”. Please note that the phisycal dimension of the grate may be less than the fire opening classification of 12", 14" 16” or 18” .
Our modern fire grates are also likely to fit into the older, more randomely built fire chambers, but care needs to be taken to match the actual sizes of the opening to those of the grate , with suitable tolerances for expansion , say 10mm. We have a range of standard Victorian fire grates which are flat fronted and much narrower than the modern fire grates, It is not possible to keep a range for all victorian fireplaces those needing narrower fire grates than the current standard range may need to have a bespoke fire grate custom made . We also stock grates to fit branded purpose made fires such as Baxi and Rayburn.
For those unique fire chambers we do offer a bespoke made to measure service , please see the bespoke grate product below.