Self build Focal Point Fires.

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Many people ask us about creating a focal point fire so here are a few basic pointers...

Disclaimer: This is a basic guide to self building a Focal Point Fire. It is your own responsibility when working with any electrical appliance to ensure that you follow health and safety guidelines in relation to safe working practice. You must also ensure that any electrical appliance is correctly wired and insulated for electrical safety and that an appropriate electrical safety fuse is correctly fitted.

240 volt mains electrical fuses are available in the following ampage ratings.

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 13amp.

 To ensure you are using the correct rating of fuse simply divide the total wattage of your appliance by 250 and round up to the closest value.

For example, a 1500 watt hair dryer should be fitted with a fuse equal to 1500 divided by 250 = 7amp


To build a focal point fire you would require at least some kind of fuel effect, a light source and some type of flame effect. I have seen several homebuilt fires in the past and some of them are very good, its amazing what can be done with mdf, slate or even an old oil drum.

The easiest fuel effect to work with when building your own fire would be coloured glass cullets. These come in a pack of approximately 20 pieces and weight about 2.9kg in total. Colours vary from yellow to amber and red. The cullets vary in size but most would be at least 2 inches by 1 inch by 1.5 inches. The glass cullets usually sit on top of a metal grid which seperates them from the lightsource and the flickers, a wire grid from a grill pan could be cut and adapted quite easily for this purpose.

Coal or log effects come in a variety of sizes from 14 inches by 3 inches by 1.5 inches in depth. These effects are made from a heat resistant resin but as they are made to be model specific they vary in actual shape and as such would be more difficult to fit to the fire as the fire would require to be shaped around the effect.

There are a variety of lightsources you could use but the easiest would be either a traditional laquered red BC GLS firelamp or a SES candle lamp. The GLS are available in 40 & 60 watt, the candle in 15 & 40 watt. These could either be fitted into ordinary lampholders mounted through a cutout or fitted into a battenholder type lampholder.

The simplest flicker effect would be the traditional slotted aluminium disk type which is suspended over the lamp on a pin holder which is mounted at the end of a thin metal bracket. Flickers and pin holders are available at £2.99 a pair for each plus p&p of £1.75

I hope this will be of some help to you in your build and if we can be of help to you then please get in touch.

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