Choosing from the available styles and types of traditional heating systems on the market today can be perplexing and confusing, and though modern technology means improved heating systems in terms of output and improved conservation methods, thanks to improvements on ducting design; there is a trending move towards the choice of traditional fireplaces and vintage stoves.
This 'new age' interest in traditional heating systems was born, not only because of their unique and timeless beauty, but also for the 'green' environmentally friendly attributes that they possess.
Striking antique and vintage reproductions abound, with finishes ranging from cast iron and coloured vitreous enamel, to superb ceramic tiles. Standalone styles look nice when placed against a wall or in the fireplace and are versatile enough to move around from one room to the other, or out onto the patio if the need arises.Credit: smgeneralstore
Traditionally, stoves served a dual purpose, and were used both for hot water and cooking, but others, made just for room heating were only afforded by the rich. Vintage stoves are known to give out over four times more heat than an open fireplace, and their fuel requirements are wood, coal or wood chips.
Before the advent of what we now know as fireplaces, the great halls of the Middle Ages at first had their 'heating systems' as a large open fire located in the centre of the hall. It was used for both heating and cooking, but by the 14th century, the fire was moved to a side wall and had a crudely formed projecting hood which was meant to direct the resulting smoke out through a hole in the wall, and later, a chimney. The hood was later ornamented with architectural forms and details such as a carved coat of arms.Credit: firepitbargains
Benches or chairs and small rugs were occasionally placed in front of this heating feature, leading to the era where defined hearths and fireplaces became the symbol of beautiful homes. These hooded classic fireplaces were also built in the sleeping rooms of the rich, and with the introduction of the renaissance forms, detailing became richer, assuming classic architectural features and characters, with the hood projection greatly reduced because of the more efficient chimney.
Ornamentations of traditional fireplace heating systems included carved friezes, projecting moldings, carvings, marble inlay, groups of foliage plants, and classical figures. With the fireplace openings countersunk into the walls, the three sides of the opening were trimmed with flat architraves. And with the advent of more highly structured styles of fireplaces, the architraves were crowned with a carved frieze and projecting cornices, forming the fireplace mantles.
Traditional Heating Systems Are Still Relevant Today
The entire world loves to sit around a fire. The Russians favour wood stoves resinous aroma to heat their dachas, while the African sits round the fire narrating folklores. The British still enjoy relaxing around the fireplace roasting chestnuts, and the Arabs will install heat free artificially glowing coals in their homes and offices to keep the conversation ‘sparkling’.
Make your living room's heating system a stunning new focal point with a traditional style stove or fireplace. Not only will they be an aesthetically pleasing feature in the room, but as traditional heating devices, they will also help in cutting down on energy bills in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.