Free standing fireplaces are ideal to be installed both a in smaller and a bigger space. Despite comparatively small sizes, free standing fireplaces have high heating capacity. Potbelly stoves, which can without doubt create an incredible ambiance in any room and which are extremely popular, fall into the category of free standing fireplaces.
We associate the word „potbelly stove” with the stoves which heated our grandparents’ homes. Unfortunately, those stoves may have been lacking both aesthetic values and practical functions.
The fireplaces produced nowadays are characterised by exceptional design and by high quality of materials they are made of. They are fitted with a door with a large glass front, through which you can observe the burning wood. The glass used for a fireplace door can be flat glass, panoramic or float glass. Potbelly stoves or free standing fireplaces are made either of steel or cast-iron. Cast-iron stoves usually take a traditional form and they are of-ten ornamented with decorative elements. The inside of such a stove is lined with a chamotte brick, which heats the space long after the stove is off.
Depending on the location of a fireplace in a room, combustion products can be exhausted to a flue through a vent on the back, top or side wall. Heat-proof glass in the door of a stove enables us to control the furnace and to watch the flames. Cast-iron stoves prove especially effective in chalets as they give off a lot of warmth in an intensive way.
Contrary to cast-iron stoves, steel stoves have very little heat storage capacity because of their thin walls. Emitting warmth starts just after lighting a fire and stops the moment the stove is off. However, a great advantage of steel stoves is their light weight compared to cast-iron stoves with regard to the same heated area.