2023 Author: Beatrice Philips | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 03:41
Fireplaces create coziness in houses and give warmth, because it is so pleasant to watch how merrily the flame burns in the firebox and the firewood crackles. Today, fireplaces are no longer a rarity, the choice of models and varieties of stoves is huge: they are made from different materials and in any style at the request of the client. In addition to the fireplace itself, additional details are also placed in the room: a firebox, a poker and a scoop, a broom for sweeping ash. These accessories are essential for the proper operation and maintenance of the fireplace.
So that the flame burns in the fireplace all evening and does not have to periodically go outside for a new portion of firewood, a special container is placed in the room for storing them. The firewood must be dry, so the firebox has an open shape and is placed near the hearth so that the logs dry out faster.
The firebox also performs decorative functions: it decorates the interior and complements the composition by the fireplace.
From a fire point of view, the safest place for a room firebox is on the side of the fireplace. In this case, the sparks will not be able to get on the heap of logs, and it will be also convenient to throw them into the firebox.
The design of such a stand should solve the problem of storing firewood and meet the following requirements:
- hold a sufficient amount of firewood so as not to go outside at least during the evening;
- it is desirable to have a bottom or a stand, where pieces of bark, dust and sawdust will be poured;
- have a decorative look, harmoniously combined in style with the rest of the interior items.
The firewood storage stand can be stationary and portable. On the street, they build a special firewood, in which they store the entire stock for the winter, and bring a smaller portion into the room. For heating stoves, not only firewood is used, but also special artificial long-burning briquettes or pellets.
When laying out a classic-shaped fireplace and in a country style, you can lay out a special niche into which you can then put fuel. A fireplace bench with a recess or shelf is also an excellent fuel storage solution. The size of the portable wood burning box is selected so that it is comfortable and easy to carry. Stationary storage structures are heavier and can hold more firewood.
Fire boxes can be made of brick, stone, metal, solid wood, plywood, cord, glass, as well as their combinations . They can be decorated with various decorative elements and ornaments. Stores sell ready-made fireplace kits, which include firewood holders and other necessary accessories. Such a set can be easily made with your own hands. Among the additional parts for fireplaces there is also ceramic firewood, but it is categorically impossible to heat them - they perform a purely decorative function.
A wrought iron firebox with a metal bottom is very popular: it can be combined with fireplaces of any style, it can have a different shape and design, it has significant weight and looks attractive in the interior with or without firewood. To reduce the weight of the structure, sometimes a holder is made without a solid bottom, but only with a grid. Its disadvantage is that dust and sawdust will fall directly onto the floor.
A wicker made of a thick non-combustible cord or a knitted wood carrier looks original and home-like. You can also sew it from thick fabric, for example, thick drape with a suitable texture. Also popular are baskets and boxes made of wicker, rattan or artificial materials. Numerous manufacturers offer branded luxury holders made of non-standard expensive materials, such as tempered glass and high-tech chrome steel.
For country houses and rustic interiors, wooden fuel bins are perfect made of oak or plywood, varnished or painted. Any box or bucket, if desired and with minimal skills, can be turned into a vintage or modern log holder, customizing it to your liking. You can also buy or assemble racks or shelves made of boards or lightbeam with your own hands, put them in the corner or attach them to the wall.
The design of fuel storage structures is pleasing to the eye with its diversity. This is where creative imagination can roam, and a variety of materials are used.
A bestseller, suitable for almost any style, is a wrought iron log . (or metal with forged decor). Floral ornament, interweaving of abstract lines, flowers and curls - there are no restrictions for decoration.
Such a beautiful little thing is not hidden, but, on the contrary, is put on public display, because in it even simple firewood looks textured and decorative.
The firebox, made in the form of a vertical rack, looks very stylish. It takes up little space, it can be placed against a wall or in a corner, next to the hearth. If you put the same rack horizontally, you get a fireplace bench with storage inside. To completely merge with the decor of the room, you can paint the firebox in a suitable color or varnish it, revealing the texture of the wood in the best way.
Vertical niches, sometimes reaching up to the ceiling, have become a fashionable trend . Together with firewood, they look like stripes of vertical trim with an original texture and are a bright accent in the interior. If desired, such a niche can be hidden in a corner and made invisible.
High-tech fireplaces are placed in the appropriate interior - modern, in which straight lines and simple shapes rule. The materials for these trendy fireplaces are tempered glass and chrome-plated steel in combination with other materials. Fireboxes for these structures also fit into the overall ensemble. For example, a glass cube framed by a steel strip, backlit and trimmed with gray stone will look original. When laying firewood, vertical niches of strict rectangular shapes form a column that contrasts with the rest of the wall, which enlivens the room.
The backlight is also used in false fireplaces, creating an imitation of a flame ., glare of fire, the illusion of red-hot logs. Such stoves are absolutely safe and create coziness in the same way as real fireboxes. Artificial ceramic firewood is in the fireboxes near these hearths.
For a rustic or country style, antique chests and boxes, wicker baskets and large ceramic bowls are a great solution.
In this case, a respectable age will only add charm and vintage to the woodpile.
How to do it yourself
If desired and with minimal skills, you can make a beautiful and stylish woodpile with your own hands. The main thing is that it is functional and in harmony with the interior of the room and the style of the fireplace.
To make a simple plywood firebox on your own, you do not need complex equipment, construction skills will also be useless here - even a beginner can cope with it. As a basis, you can take a project of a finished product and make a similar one.
You just need to study the technology and prepare the following tools and materials:
- ruler and pencil (construction marker);
- hacksaw, jigsaw, jigsaw;
- fastening material, self-tapping screws;
- hot water, roomy basin;
- drill or screwdriver;
- wooden slats, wood handle.
First you need to take a sheet of plywood and with a pencil draw an ellipse about 90x40 cm in size on it. Then, with a hacksaw or a jigsaw, cut out the figure along the drawn contour, carefully and accurately repeating the line.
In the sawn workpiece, you need to retreat 5 cm from opposite edges and mark the places of the holes for fastening the future handle, then drill holes with a diameter of 3 cm with a drill.
Initially, plywood does not have plasticity, so it will not be possible to bend it without breaking. Hot water will help to give it the desired properties. The sawn ellipse must be placed in a container of hot water for 1 hour. After this time, the plywood will swell and become more plastic. Then it can be smoothly bent. If after 1 hour of soaking the plywood has not become flexible, you can hold it for another 30 minutes in warm water.
Now you can slowly bend the sheet until you get the desired spherical shape. After that, you need to insert the wooden handle into the previously drilled holes. For immobility, it is fixed with a dowel. Next, runners are made from two slats for a wood burning box so that it stands firmly on the floor. Fasten them with a screwdriver and self-tapping screws. All is ready! Now firewood can be stored in a beautiful hand-made portable stand.
A sheet of metal can be bent into a rectangular or semicircular shape and painted in the desired color. This is a very simple way to create a sleek and stylish firewood rack.
Tin buckets used as carriers for logs are very popular. They can be decorated in various ways: aged or painted, depending on the effect you want to get.
Simple and elegant solution, uncomplicated in execution:
- take old shelves or put together new ones;
- cover them with varnish or paint;
- place on the wall - on both sides of the fireplace - symmetrically or randomly.
For a classic interior or Empire style, the use of natural or artificial stone for facing fireplaces is characteristic. The woodpile can be decorated in the same style.
For this you need:
- make a shape for filling;
- mix concrete mortar with reinforcing fiber for strength;
- pour into the mold;
- wait until dry;
- revet with artificial stone or mosaic tiles, glue gypsum bas-reliefs (it is better to use the same shades and elements as in the finishing of the stove).
This creates a stationary firebox in an antique or classic design - an elegant continuation of a luxurious fireplace.
In order for the fireplace to please with warmth, and the firewood is always dry and at hand, it is necessary to follow the recommendations of manufacturers and specialists: to properly care for the fireplace and store fuel for it. Before the firewood is brought into the room, it is usually stored outside.
It is recommended to make an outdoor firewood from wood , on a wooden base, under which a drainage cushion of sand and gravel is poured. This way you can reduce moisture and exclude contact with the soil so that the lower layers do not start to rot. A canopy is required to protect the wood from rain and snow, because the wood absorbs moisture well. All fuel material must be thoroughly dried prior to installation to avoid the formation of unwanted condensation. To prevent the wood from becoming rotten and rotten, there must be sufficient ventilation in the firebox.
It is better to put firewood in the following order: put the largest and thickest logs at the bottom, gradually lay out smaller firewood, and place thin chips on top for ignition. Chips can be placed on a separate shelf or in a specially arranged woodpile sector. A shed or terrace attached to the house will allow you to store fuel near the entrance for the convenience of replenishing the room firebox in bad weather.
The house storage method allows you to provide the wall with additional thermal insulation.
Fire safety is a very important aspect of a fireplace , therefore, the wood burning stove with dry fuel should not be placed too close to an open flame or faulty wiring: the slightest spark can cause a fire. But with knowledge and adherence to security measures, these problems can be prevented. Under the fireplace and in front of the firebox, there must be a platform made of non-combustible and fire-resistant material: metal, stone, concrete. A platform is also made under the pendant and wall models. The wall behind the fireplace located in the wall space is also finished with heat-resistant, non-combustible materials. Special glass screens and doors, fireplace grates prevent sparks and coals from getting to the floor surface.
One more advice on the correct packing of fuel for the winter: as the logs are pulled out of the logs, it is unacceptable for the woodpile to fall over or warp, and firewood spilled out of it. Previously, large logs must be chopped, to prepare chips for ignition. Additional supports should be installed on the sides so that the rows of firewood do not subsequently come apart and crumble. Stacking is possible when the logs are laid out row by row in a circle. The result is a stack of fuel.
Special long-burning briquettes were invented as fuel for the fireplace . They are sold packaged and stored dry in a firebox.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The design of the fireplace area can become an expression of the excellent taste of the owners, if the combination of textures and shades of materials are ideally combined with each other. Stone, wood and metal combine to create an impressive ensemble. The grandiose panel is lined with stone throughout the entire wall, the fireplace bench is entirely made of stone, and the firebox is made of metal. Two identical metal fireboxes filled with fuel are located symmetrically on both sides of the firebox. The shade of wood emphasizes stone and metal, natural materials form a single composition.
For a living room in a classic elegant style, decorating the fireplace with tiles and marble would be a good solution, and it is better to decorate the fireplace grate and additional accessories with decorative wrought-iron elements. The firebox, stand and fireplace care set, grate, are made in the same style. Guests will be delighted and happy to relax by this beautiful and warm hearth. The flame is viewed through a grate and a transparent screen, additionally reflecting from the back wall of the firebox, lined with fire-resistant tiles.
The country house and the surrounding forest turns into a fairy kingdom during the Christmas holidays. Having played enough snowballs, children and adults sit down with hot tea by the fireplace and indulge in companionship and relaxation. Wicker baskets filled with wood, wood chips and pine cones create an atmosphere of comfort and closeness to nature. The baskets are specially aged, collected in a picturesque still life in the fireplace corner. Wicker armchairs are in harmony with the wood-burning stoves, and decorative elements with a Christmas theme complement the interior.
Absolutely cold and minimalistic interior - with a wall-to-wall window and a sense of open space, made in icy tones. The dark blue wall, finished with textured plaster, was conceived by the designer as the perfect backdrop for a fireplace, the flame of which looks sunny and hot. A vertical niche filled with wood provides a warm accent, bringing the wall to life and giving it a habitable look.
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