Fireplaces in Dorking

Gas Fires or Wood Burning Stoves?

When installing a new fire or stove, it is important to carefully consider your options. This ensures you get the desired affect and the most suitable appliance for your property. Established in 2011, Dorking Fires & Stoves has been delivering ideal solutions for homeowners in Surrey ever since. We offer expert advice along with complete design, supply and installation services for gas fires, fireplaces and stoves. Find out if a gas fire or wood burning stove is right for your home.

For professional and friendly advice, please visit us at our showroom, or arrange a free home visit for maximum convenience. The following are some of the main points to consider when choosing between gas and wood burning fireplaces:

Look & Feel

Many customers in Dorking want a wood burning stove because of the traditional, cosy feel they create with flickering orange flames and crackling wood. They also produce a rustic smell which can add to the overall atmosphere of your home.

However, gas fires have come a long way and now offer a real flame and glow to match that of solid fuel fireplaces. In addition, they are available with ceramic logs to create an authentic appearance.


A downside of wood burning stoves is that they produce smoke, soot and dirt. Consequently, they require regular cleaning and chimney maintenance to prevent the build-up of soot and chemicals and to keep your home in Dorking safe.

Due to the maintenance requirements of wood burning fireplaces, many homeowners opt for gas fires. These do not produce any soot, smoke or dirt and need very little maintenance. An annual service from our Gas Safe engineers is often all you will need.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key concern for many of our Dorking customers. In this area, gas appliances come out on top because gas is one of the cheapest energy sources. Plus, there is a wide range of high efficiency gas fires available, allowing you to maximise the efficiency of your home.

Heat Efficiency

While both gas and wood burning fireplaces are an effective source of heat, they do perform differently. With modern controls, you can now turn gas fires on with the push of a button. This provides instant heat and maximum control.

On the other hand, wood burners need time to heat up and reach the desired temperature. It is also more difficult to regulate heat output. However, wood burning stoves do retain heat and keep your home warm even after the fuel has burned up.

For information and advice about fireplaces in Dorking and the surrounding areas, call us today on 01306 887213.