A cast iron fireback takes heat otherwise lost and radiates this heat into the room. A fireback thus works like a radiator and may increase the efficiency of the fire by as much as 50%. The thicker/heavier the fireback, the longer and softer this radiative effect will be.
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We have a huge range of 500+ old and antique cast iron firebacks, 300+ pairs of antique fire dogs – andirons, and a large collection of other types of antique fireplace accessories.
Worldwide delivery in 1-3 days
We deliver worldwide within 1-3 working days at competitive prices. To the UK we charge €15 up to 30 kg and €37,50 up to 45 kg. To the US and Canada we offer express shipping at very reasonable rates. All the items shown on this site are in stock, can be ordered online, and will generally be delivered within 3 working days both in Europe and the US.
We provide expert advice.We can advise you on the size, style and functionality of our firebacks and andirons as well as how to combine different fireplace accessories to create a beautiful, matching set. Moreover, we can help you with improving the draw in your fireplace with our various fireplace accessories. We can also send you pictures of desired combinations of a fireback with other fireplace accessories.
Pure and Noble
The oldest fireback dates back to 1460 and was used by French royalty. Originally, firebacks were luxury items to be used exclusively by the royalty and aristocracy. Thus the early firebacks show the crowns and coats of arms of royalty and aristocracy. Later the fireback received more decorative designs depicting classical stories, nature, and rural lives.
The fireback has always had two important functions:
1. It protects the backside of the fireplace against cracking and chipping.
2. The thick cast iron keeps the heat that would otherwise be lost and gives this heat back to the room. A cast iron fireback thus works like a radiator and may increase the efficiency of the fire by as much as 50%. The thicker or heavier the cast iron fireback, the longer and softer this radiative effect.
A fireplace can never match the efficiency of a stove. However, burning wood is a low carbon option. The carbon dioxide produced when burning is approximately the same as the carbon dioxide absorbed by the tree during its lifetime. As long as the wood is not transported over long distances using fossil fuels, the CO2 emission of a fire is significantly lower than that of fossil fuels.
A fireplace provides warmth, security and style, even if the fireplace isn't usually the main source of heating anymore. An antique fireback reinforces this by the honesty of the material and the timelessness, beauty and historical significance of the fireback.
Also, the antique fireback can be used in places other than the fireplace such as a backsplash for a stove or as an elegant decoration on the wall.