Nothing is more cosy than an open fire
Is their anything more inviting than a beautiful, roaring fire? On those dark, cold winter nights after a long tiring day at work, could anything be more relaxing than sitting in the warm glow of a crackling fire? Open fires can create a perfect homey atmosphere, they are inviting and comforting. They feel like home; a place where your family gather or a place to curl up with that special person and relax. Nothing quite compares to that wonderful crackle and pop of logs burning, the beauty of the flames dancing around, the dim lighting glow which brightens any winter night and that toasty warm feeling it brings. A home is just incomplete without one.
A pile of kiln-dried logs piled next to a fire place is even all the rage now. Most instagram or pinterest posts around cosy homes all include a stunning fire places with a stack of logs just waiting for the cold winter ahead. You look at the pictures and just envision yourself there, smelling that sweet aroma of the burning logs, feeling that warmth surrounding your cold toes, watching the dog peacefully sleep. Yet even though we are all guilty of wanting that, so many of us turn down the idea of an open fire in our homes.
A fire is more than just a fashion statement
Although, let be honest, we all love a good fashion statement. There is however, plenty more reasons to have a fire in your home than just a desire to be featured in good housekeeping (which is a life aim of mine). We all know that things come into fashion and go back out. Well open fires in homes became fashionable a very long time ago. In medieval times open fires were seen as a sign of wealth. Open fires still have many upsides even in today's modern times where you can control your central heating via an app.
An alternative option to open fires is the use of closed fires. These are stoves often installed in peoples kitchens or living rooms, and you simply place the fire inside of the stove and it has the same effects. Although I can see upsides to a closed fire over an open one, personally I feel it ruins the effect of an open fire. It masks the beautiful smells, the delicate pops and crackles from the wood and you don't get the wonderful glow which accompanies an open fire.
Benefits of an open fire
- SUPER PRETTY LIVING SPACES.
Like seriously pretty. Every cute house/hotel/cottage/pub all are 100% cuter and more inviting with an open fire. Fact. I'm sure I'm not the only person who agrees. Ask instagram, there are plenty of sad people like me on there.
On a more serious note though open fires really do have plenty of benefits.
- It adds a main room to your home.
It gives family and friends a good, inviting place to gather and socialise. Why wouldn't you want to sit in front of a roaring fire and share a drink with those you love?
-It creates a wonderful atmosphere.
The fire, the smell, the wonderful lighting, the warmth, it's all so beautiful. The atmosphere is not only calming and inviting but also gives the perfect setting for any evening relaxing.
- It brings people together.
Okay, now you may be reading this and thinking, what is she talking about? But honestly, it's true. If you have a lovely warm fire burning in your living room where is everyone going to sit? In the roam with the beautiful warm fire! No one can resist the lure of it, not even stroppy teenagers, and when you're all cosied up together you will have some lovely, quality family time.
- It can seriously lower the price of your heating bill.
Will you need your heating blazing all evening so that your whole house is like sun bathing in the Caribbean? No way! You can have one toasty warm room and then just pop your heating on for a short while before you go off to bed. Goodbye extra large heart stopping heating bill!
- It's better for the environment.
Wood is a renewable energy source and as long as you're purchasing your wood from sustainable sources (eg. they plant new trees when they cut them down) the world will benefit. It can lead to lower coal mining , less damage to the environment and less horrible gasses released into the ozone layer. Who knew fire could be so environmentally friendly?
- Some fires can even heat your water.
Many really fancy fires can actually heat up your water pipes as well as heating your rooms. This can mean that you can use your open fire to heat up enough water for a bath, cool right?!
- Cleaning an open fire is easier than a closed fire.
Cleaning an open fire can be easier due to stoves requiring extra special cleaning materials which can be tricky to find and expensive to buy.
Downsides of an open fire
Like everything wonderful and magical, of course there are downsides.
- Open fires can be dangerous.
Unfortunately, as pretty and lovely as there are they do heighten the risk of fire. They can emit sparks which can then lead to items catching fire. A good way to prevent this is to never leave an open fire unattended or flammable items too close by. Pets and children also need to supervised as they don't understand the danger and can often get too close.
- They are less energy efficient than closed fires.
Another option for houses are metal stoves which you can put fire inside and so are closed fires. Although these are arguable safer and more energy efficient, I personally don't feel they have the same effect as an open fire. It is important to recognise however that you do burn more wood on an open fire which makes them less energy efficient.
- They can lead to extra cleaning.
Now none of us love cleaning (and I'm insanely jealous of these people who do) but we all like to live in a clean house. Unfortunately, open fires can cause more mess within the house. They sometimes create small amounts of debris which can make the room dirtier and needs to be kept on top of as to not ruin your furniture. At least you can be cosy warm whilst cleaning the room though!
Although the downsides and upsides are valid I personally feel nothing quite beats the effect of an open fire. I think there is nothing to compare with coming home to cosy up in front of the fire after a long cold day at work. We all have them right? If you have an open fire or are now considering one then we suggest using slower burning kiln dried logs. These can help the burning stay consistent and even which can help prevent your fire to become even less energy efficient. Still need a little persuasion? There a plenty of beautiful pubs out in Derbyshire with wonderful fires all through winter. Go have a test of one of those and I promise you will never want to leave!