Having an open fire in your holiday home can be one of its biggest selling points during the winter season, but how do you balance the romance with the risks?
Photos of a big, roaring open fire are perhaps one of the most romantic images you will see on holiday cottage rental websites, and can be a massive selling point if you are aiming to attract winter bookings.
- An open fire can help your fuel bills as the logs or smokeless fuel are far cheaper than gas or electricity
- An open fire helps to keep the house dry and free from damp, so can be excellent in the different types of construction you get with overseas properties that can be prone to such issues
- An open fire can be one of the main search criteria for winter guests, so if you don’t offer one then they may book elsewhere instead
- Finally, toasted marshmallows no explanation needed!
A chimney fire is one of the most dangerous types of house fires, because temperatures inside the chimney can quickly reach up to a staggering 1,100 degrees Celsius.
This means that the heat can radiate out from the chimney through all the floors of the property and can cause combustion to roof joints, furniture, beams and so can quickly extend through the house. T