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Choosing A Heater This Winter

Choosing A Heater This Winter

With winter upon us, it’s time to buy a heater for a cozy night in. Choosing the best heater needs careful consideration as it is an investment for many winters to come.

Here’s your guide to what’s around this season:

Wood Heaters

Freestanding Wood Heaters

Freestanding wood fireplaces are a very efficient way of heating your home. They give a beautiful homely look to your living room. Plus, if you install a precision-engineered, top quality appliance, wood-burning is very clean with minimal pollutants are emitted.

Lopi’s excellent range of freestanding wood heaters includes the very affordable Republic wood heater range, perfect for keeping smaller and moderately-sized homes warm and cozy. For larger homes, you can go up to the top of the range Liberty heater, which can hold logs of up to 61 cm long.

You can also opt for a cast iron wood heater that provides optimal efficiency and a very clean burn.


Insert Wood Fireplaces

Insert wood fireplaces are a great innovation which allows you to have a traditional in-built fireplace but without the massive loss of heat up the chimney that occurs with older fireplaces.

With traditional fireplaces, up to 80% of heat can be lost through the chimney. A wood insert means heat is retained within your home, making this style of fireplace a great choice.

Among the wide range of Lopi fireplaces available is the Republic which is more than five times more efficient than an open fireplace and the Flush Wood range, which provides a more modern, sleeker style.


Gas Heaters

Gas heaters are available as freestanding fireplaces, standard fireplaces and gas inserts. The wide range on offer makes it easy to complement the style of your home. You can choose a traditional fireplace for a more classical interior design. Alternatively, for a sleek modern look, the Lopi Linear range of fireplaces are a contemporary landscape-style, which can be installed into masonry or timber frame constructions.


Wood or Gas? The Pros and Cons

Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether wood or gas heaters are better for your needs. To help you decide here are some of the pros and cons of each:


  • Wood is a renewable resource so good for the environment.
  • If you suffer a power cut or problems with the gas supply, you can still heat your home easily with wood. Some freestanding wood fireplaces from Lopi, such as the Liberty heater, also have cooker plates, so you can have dinner and be warm and cozy during a power cut.
  • Using wood means you can avoid excessively high heating bills.



  • When you’ve had a long day, and it is freezing outside, you might not want to spend time loading logs into the fireplace. Gas is instant, clean and convenient to use.
  • Modern gas appliances come with remote controls, so you don’t even have to get up off the sofa to switch your fire off or on.
  • You can also very easily control the temperature of a gas fire more easily than wood using a thermostat.
  • Like wood fireplaces, you can still keep warm during a power cut, and you don’t have to pay expensive electricity heating bills.

Lopi have a fireplace to suit everyone. From traditional gas log fires and freestanding slow combustion wood heaters to gas and wood fireplaces for more contemporary designs to suit modern homes.

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