Evolution Fireplaces
7 Seebohm Close
Hitchin
SG5 2SJ
Mobile  07875023955
Landline  01462504758

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A warm welcome to Evolution Fires.

We offer a range of woodburning, gas, electric and solid fuel cookers. We also offer a large range of elegant fireplace designs including stone surrounds, beams and suitable hearths to suit your home.

We have a wealth of experience and expertise in the supply and installation of woodburning stoves. All our installers are HETAS registered & we comply with building regulations document J for all building work we undertake.

We also have a £2,000,000 HETAS approved liability insurance for your peace of mind.

Evolution Fires is a family run business based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. We cover all surrounding areas including London.

Incredibly fast, tidy and professional service.  Evolution’s expertise and advice is impressive and reassuring, nothing was too much trouble!  We love our stove and will definitely make the most of the annual service.

Susi & Andrew – Hitchin

Free Quotations

Our prices are based on a free no obligation visit to your home. We offer a full site survey at your home and explanation of everything that the installation involves. All quotations are provided within 48 hours of your visit.

Annual Services

All stoves require an annual sweep once installed, which we also provide usually during the summer months once you have finished using your stove, so it's already to go for the start of the next burning season (usually around autumn time).

We provide this service to new and existing installations.

All new customers will receive their first sweep and service free of charge as a thank you for choosing Evolution Fires.

Evolution Fireplaces fitted our multifuel burner & fireplace & hearth in March 2019. We found them to be professional, punctual  & friendly. We were very impressed with our installation & would have no reservations in recommending Evolution Fireplaces to anyone.

Dennis & Julie Brinkler

Why do I need my chimney/flue swept?

Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular sweeping will remove soot, birds nests and other blockages. It also removes creosote which will help prevent dangerous chimney fires. Sweeping will also increase the efficiency of some appliances.

We’ve used Evolution Fireplaces on two separate home improvement projects to our listed property. Each time, they have surpassed our level of expectations in terms of the quality of workmanship and standard of customer service we received throughout the process.

Prior to commencing the works to our property, which consisted of the full installation of two new wood burning stoves, the installer, Tom, visited us to assess the requirement, then advised us accordingly providing us with the peace of mind required. On completion of the works we also received all the legally required installation paperwork.

 We have recommended EF to local friends who we know have also received the same level of customer satisfaction, and we use them for our twice yearly service.

Mr W Quinlan, Kings Walden, Hitchin

Installation

We offer a start to finish project and we will take care of all the mess and provide a clean job. Installations can vary from a one day installation up to a three day installation if building work and alterations are needed.

No chimney... No problem

We offer a range of twin wall flue systems which means you can have a stove without a working fireplace. So, if you have a conservatory that you enjoy spending time in especially during the colder months, this is the perfect solution for your dream stove. Or it could be your newly bulit extension, kitchens, dining rooms; they all make lovely spaces for your dream stove. We offer a range of twin wall in stainless or matt black we can even match your flue to the colour of your stove. Twin wall systems can be installed internally and externally and most installations take around two days to install.

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Would highly recommend Evolution Fireplaces to anyone that is thinking of having a stove installed, our assigned fitter, Tom, is an absolute gent, his knowledge is second to none and really helped us choose the correct stove. We are so impressed with our Stove and the finish, probably one of the best decisions/ purchases we have ever made. We now really look forward to the winter!!!
As I say, if you are thinking about installing a stove, please give them a call, you won’t be disappointed.

Rob & Hannah – Letchworth

Fuel

Traditionally, wood-burning stoves were intended to burn wood and wood alone. But buying a multi-fuel stove opens up the possibility of heating your home with either coal or wood.

The question is, which of these options is best?

The first thing to say is that, contrary to what many people think when they set about buying a multi-fuel stove, it is preferable to make an either/or decision. It’s not advisable to burn both coal and wood on your stove at the same time as this can damage your flue lining. The sulphuric acid found in coal and the high moisture levels found in wood will combine to create a nasty solution that will stick to and erode your stove system.

Smokeless Is Best

It’s also worth pointing out that, while most multi-fuel stoves are equipped to burn normal house coal, often stove manufacturers will advise against this. The amount of soot found in house coal can result in your stove system becoming clogged very quickly.

To avoid this, you can use smokeless coal to reduce the amount of smoke and soot going up your flue. Smokeless fuel has the added benefit of being better for the environment and being suitable for use in smoke control areas.

Of course, you should always check your owner’s manual for the final word from the manufacturer on what fuels are recommended for use in your stove.

Getting down to which fuel is best for multi-fuel stoves: if multi-fuel stoves were the most effective method of burning wood, then what we know as wood-burning stoves would have become redundant years ago. The very fact that multi-fuel stoves exist indicates that they have been designed and engineered for the purposes of burning coal.

Grate Expectations

The most obvious example of this is the grate. Coal burns best on a raised grate since it needs an air supply from below to burn effectively. Wood doesn’t need this additional air supply, so when you’re using wood on a multi-fuel stove you might find that it burns faster than on a wood-burning stove because of the extra oxygen around it. Wood burners come with a flat grate, which limits the air supply to the fuel and results in a slower burn.

If you’re thinking of using wood as your main fuel then it’s best to buy a wood-burning stove in the first place. By buying a multi-fuel stove, you’re already making a commitment to coal being the fuel you want to use most of the time.

For the reasons we’ve already mentioned, that makes smokeless coal the prime candidate. Some smokeless fuels that you might like to consider are anthracite, as well as a host of brand name alternatives such as Taybrite and Phurnacite.

Of course, a multi-fuel stove also brings with it the versatility of being able to choose which fuel you’d rather use at a particular time.

Get In Touch

Evolution Fireplaces did an excellent job of servicing my log burner. They checked everything, by taking it all apart and cleaning it, as well as sweeping the flue. They worked cleanly. Once they had touched up the paint work, my log burner look like new!

Irene – Arlesey

Get in touch

To arrange a free consultation, either call us or send an email. We’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Evolution Fireplaces
7 Seebohm Close
Hitchin
SG5 2SJ
Mobile  07875023955
Landline  01462504758