Specifying Glass In and Around the Fireplace

Over recent years, the use of glass in the home has extended far beyond conventional windows and doors. From “roof-lights” to balustrades, “splash-backs” to “glass stair treads and landings”, “cooker tops” to “touch controls” for appliances/heating and lighting... The push toward glass as both a tactile / decorative as well as a structural building material has also begun to have an impact on the fires and fireplace market too.

Skan 1SKAN has been supplying SCHOTT ROBAX® for stoves and high efficiency gas fires for almost three decades and will be found in most of the larger stove/fire brands in the market today. SKAN’s sales and marketing manager Jeremy Drew explains “Although our business with our OEM clients is our key business, we have been receiving an increasing number of requests coming from architects and end customers wishing to use our high temperature glass within more general fireplace applications. Not being a part of the actual appliance, the glass is often sited within in the fire surround area, either as a fire-guard (in-front) / hearth-plate (underneath) and rear-wall-panels, thus allowing for the fire or floor/walling still to be seen. More technically, the use of thinner strips of heat resistant glass is also being used at the lower-front-edge of the gather, often to improve the draw on chimney, especially in larger properties (with inglenooks) where the flue has been relined and reduced in cross sectional area.” Jeremy goes on to explain “More recently, the concept of the 2-sided fire appliance, where its placement is adjacent to an external wall, so that the appliance can be viewed both from within the building as well as outside, has also come into vogue”.

“However as each application is different, whether that’s fire dimensions, appliance / fuel type, dimensions of the flue, Skan 2appliance output and proximities to external walls etc, a simple/generic set of “off-the-shelf” solutions really isn’t viable. Also with installations as far a-field as the very extremities of the British Isles, no one single company is available to provide support and offer a “harmonised” set of solutions”.

“It’s an interesting development within the market and one that we’re closely monitoring” says Jeremy. “SKAN has been around for over 50 years supporting the UK fireplace market. We’d be delighted to redirect these specific enquiries through to a group of regionally approved fireplace centres/specialists that may like to work with us on this? For the moment we have focussed our work through one exceptional specialist fireplace business centrally located within the UK called Argyle Canopies who have provided invaluable installation support. Together we’ve managed to satisfy current requirements, thus far...”

So if you have any specific glass requirements for fires and fireplaces or feel like you would like to build closer ties with SKAN, please feel free to contact Jeremy Drew at SKAN on 01217333003 or email jd@skan.co.uk


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