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Me with my dad’s wood burning stove

Hi, I’m James.

I’ve grown up using fireplaces and currently have open fireplaces in both my living room and kitchen, as well as a number of electric fireplaces around the house. My parents both have wood stoves in their homes and i’m currently having a pellet stove installed in mine.

In summary, here are the fireplaces and stoves i’m currently using (and the links to see their latest prices):

You can also check out all of the tools and products I use and recommended for fireplaces and stoves here.

I created this website, Fireplace Universe, to help others learn about fireplaces and to understand how they can make the most of them.

Fireplaces are a great focal point for any room in a home, especially when having family and friends over.

I pride myself in being able to share my knowledge about fireplaces and bring you in-depth articles with real pictures to help you learn about, and understand, each type of fireplace.

Our Fireplaces & Stoves

Open Fireplaces

The fireplace in our living is a traditional open fireplace and we have fires in this fireplace regularly throughout the winter months. We haven’t done much to this fireplace since buying the house apart from touch it up with some black paint.

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The living room fireplace when we first bought the house
Traditional Open Fireplace
How our open fireplace looks now

Check out my whole range of articles dedicated to understanding and using open fireplaces here.

Gas Fireplace

There was a gas fireplace in our kitchen when we moved in, but I’ve since removed the gas insert and fireplace surround when we renovated the kitchen, as it never worked (wasn’t connected to the gas supply) and didn’t fit in with the modern look of our kitchen.

We’ve yet to decide what we want to do with this fireplace.

Gas Fireplace Insert
The gas fireplace insert that was in the kitchen when we bought the house

I use a friends gas fireplace an as example throughout all our the gas fireplace articles.

Gas Fireplace
Not our own gas fireplace but the one we used to help explain all our gas fireplace articles

More more information on gas fireplaces see our complete list of gas fireplace articles here.

Electric Fireplaces

We also have an electric stove that we like to use around the house (whichever room we’re in and want to heat).

During the warmer months when the open fireplace isn’t in use we like to leave our electric stove in there and enjoy the flames.

Electric Fireplace In Existing Fireplace

This is a VonHaus Electric Stove.

You can find this electric fireplace right here.

More more information on electric fireplaces I have a whole range of articles on electric fireplaces (using this particular electric fireplaces as an example throughout).


Both my parents have had stoves installed in their living room fireplaces, with my dad’s stove providing a more traditional feel and my mother’s stove a more modern look.

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My dad’s wood burning stove

This stove is the Clearview Vision 500 multi fuel stove, which you can find more about here.

See all of my articles on using and living with multi fuel stoves here.

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My mother’s wood burning stove

This stove is the Parkray Aspect 5 wood burning stove.

Find out more about this stove here.

For more information on how to buy, use and maintain wood burning stoves see my range of articles here.

Pellet Stove

My latest purchase is a pellet stove that i’m having installed in the living room as a way to heat the room without needing to turn the central heating on.

Pellet Stove Front
Our new pellet stove

See all of my pellet stove articles here.

I hope you find the information I’ve put on this website useful!

Also see what tools and products i’m using with these fireplaces and stoves right here.