Due to COVID we have consulted with West Sussex Trading Standards and have been informed we are now unable to offer pre-arranged showroom consultations and appointments for clients. However as our remit falls under construction we are able to meet with architects and designers to discuss projects.

Alongside our continuing contact-less collection of fuel spare parts and products/spare parts from the offices/warehouse/showroom and Door Repairs and Service and Maintenance of Appliances.

We are also please to offer at a pre arranged time a "vital" showroom visit via Zoom this can be arranged at a time to suit yourself and is recommended on a mobile device so we can look at your fireplace and chimney stack at the same time to give better indications of your requirements and costings for you.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding and we look forward to hearing from you.

Inglenook Closure/Register Plates

A closure plate and a register plate are not the same.

A register plate is used when a chimney has no stainless steel liner. It closes off the chimney at its base, just above a wood burning stove. It acts as a barrier to prevent the smoke and fumes in the chimney entering the room. The register plate must therefore make a sturdy seal between the room and the chimney and MUST be made of galvanised or stainless steel (or other non-rusting metal) at least 2mm thick.

Why does it need to be made of metal? Well if a register plate failed then smoke could enter the room. This could happen, for example, if a brick fell from inside of the chimney.

A register plate will usually have access doors to allow the sweep to access any chamber above it to remove fallen soo

It is rare nowadays that chimney liners are not fitted (although stove flue pipes might be connected directly to pot lined chimneys) and therefore register plates are less common on new installs. Modern wood burners are highly efficient and this means that LESS heat goes up the chimney. It is the heat that gives the draft (hot air rises and the hotter then the faster it rises). The more efficient the stove the less heat is wasted up the chimney and the more likely that a liner, rather than a cold void, will be what the stove requires to function correctly. “Avoid the void” is a common expression heard on stove installer training courses.