This Flavel Windsor fireplace has been a feature of our living room for a number of years, under two different guises. This contemporary styled fireplace is available in a range of different surrounds and ?effects'', with either chrome, brass or black surrounds and the choice of coal effects, pebbles or fake wood to suit individual tastes and rooms.
Obviously, the primary purpose of a fireplace is to keep the warm room and this performs its function effectively. Clearly, as this is a gas fire it does need to be fitted by a corgi registered fitter. For us, this was a straightforward process with no alterations to connections or the flue required.
Using the fire is very simple as the controls, which are discreetly positioned behind the lower of the three panels, are kept to a minimum. There is a single ignition button which needs to be depressed for around thirty seconds and the heat can be adjusted by a single dial, clearly marked from High to Off. The dial is very responsive and I find that it reaches the required temperature very quickly and provides consistent results. The only very slight issue is that sometimes the ignition button does not work on the first attempt for no apparent reason. If that happens, it is impossible to get it to work for several minutes so the gas needs to be switched off and a further attempt made slightly later.
When we first had this fireplace installed, we purchased it with a brass surround and fake coal effect which was in keeping with the colours and styles of the room at the time. Fortunately, it is still relatively easy to purchase replacement parts and fittings for this particular fireplace as it seems to still be widely available in fireplace warehouse stockists as well as online. This meant that we were able to replace the brass surround which was looking quite dated and had also started to corrode at one edge. Replacing the surround was incredibly straightforward as it is held in place by magnets and can be pulled off easily and the new one simply clicks into place. This meant that we were able to give the fireplace a new lease of life and also bring it more into line with current fashions and other features in the room, without going to the expense of replacing the entire fireplace.
A quick search online brings up several stockists listing this for around 180 pounds which seems reasonable given the quality of the product and the ability to update or replace elements easily. I am happy to recommend this fireplace to others.