Starting a Fireplace Shop

A modern home is incomplete without a cozy, warm fireplace to grace the sitting room where the family gets together for the evening tête-à-tête, meditation or television and video session.

The fireplace is a boon in the winter and a prized exhibition piece all the year round.

In colder climates throughout the world, the fireplace or hearth has traditionally been a central feature of the household, as it gives warmth to aid survival through an extended winter. The sensation of direct heat, and the mesmerizing leaps and flickers of a wood fire, make its use enjoyable in cold conditions even today.

General Guidelines:

To set up the fireplace shop, choose a place where the rental cost will be less with adequate visitors. As you may not require a huge space for a fireplace shop it still has to hold and exhibit several types of elements of a standard fireplace for a connoisseur to admire and examine.

Financing your fireplace shop:

Your fireplace shop may require adequate external financing, considering the expensive nature of products that have to be stored.

The Small Business Administration offers a variety of loan guarantee programs through commercial banks to help a business that may not qualify for a loan to get approved on reasonable terms and with SBA loans there is no limit to the amount of capital you can request and a pretty good flexibility on how long (up to 25 years) you can take to pay back the loan.

Types of Fireplaces (Indoor and Outdoor)

The choice of materials and types of fireplaces depends upon the classes of masses to be targeted in the particular region or town where the fireplace shop is to be located.

  • Masonry (brick or stone fireplaces and chimneys) with or without tile lined flue. Un-reinforced masonry chimneys do not stand up to earthquakes well.
  • Reinforced concrete chimneys were popular during the late 90s but fundamental flaws like thermal cracks made this fireplace technique obsolete.
  • Manufactured or 'Prefab' fireplace with sheet metal fire box and double or triple walled metal pipe running up inside a wood framed chase with a chase cover and cap/spark arrestor at the top to keep birds out and sparks in.

Types also must include fireplaces designated according to fuel usage, such as:

Class 1 Flue (standard chimney using coal, wood, peat etc)

Class 2 Flue (designed for gas fires)

There are a range of accessories used with fireplaces such as grates, fireguards, logboxes, pellet baskets, and fire dogs, all of which are used to cradle the fuel and accelerate burning. For the exterior adornment and fireplace tending function, there are fireplace tools including poker, bellows, tongs, shovel, brush and a tool stand.

Find out about the pollution and emission norms of the products before contemplating storing fireplaces and accessories for sale in your shop as purchasers are choosy and health conscious nowadays.


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