Fireplace, Braais and Pizza Ovens

Fireplace, Braai and Oven Installation – The Perfect Way to Add Warmth to the South African home

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Can you get more Local is Lekker than a well made braai or fireplace? Whether it’s for an after work timeout to yourself, having the friends over on a Friday, or even spending some family time together on a lazy Sunday, a braai brings a sense of familiarity, comfort and nostalgia to any South African home.

From the modest half dome to built-in braai masterpieces, the humble fireplace has come a long way over the years. With the increasing ease of access, affordability and knowhow of experienced contractors, it is becoming easier – and more inexpensive – than ever to own a braai, fireplace, or even a pizza oven. Yes, a pizza oven!

Before we tap into our Italian side (Mamma Mia!), let’s take a look at the different types of braais and fireplaces on offer. Remember, these can range from humble to magnificent depending on your needs and budget. Neither of these options, or anything in-between, are a bad choice, as there’s nothing quite as South African as a well-built braai.

Braais

It’s said that even a South African vegetarian loves to stoke the coals of a braai, so take some time and a bit of money to invest in a durable, quality braai that is sure to become your best friend, partner in crime, and cooking buddy.
Did you know that built-in braai designs differ widely? From smaller standard units to deluxe and superior units with unique capabilities, there are countless options out there. And luckily there are also many different budget options too given the always popular local pastime.

Most braais are now fitted with a feature called an ember maker which allows you to light and burn smaller pieces of work, quickly creating fast-burning coals as well as firelighters for larger pieces of wood. In addition, some braais have built-in lights for braaing during dark nights or rainy weather. Depending on your budget, both of these features are great additions and will make your experience a lot smoother.
The type of material for braais are generally hot rolled steel with a minimum of 3-4mm thickness. This ensures a long lasting quality product which offers peace of mind and years and years of enjoyment. When discussing your material options with your contractor who will manage your braai installation, be sure to ask whether the grading of the hot rolled steel.

Fireplace
A fireplace, with all its warmth and charm, can be considered to be the “heart” of a home. Absolutely perfect for keeping the chilling nights’ cold at bay, snuggling up with a loved one, or just taking some time to reflect, a built-in fireplace adds a certain comfort to any household.

As with a braai, fireplaces can range for snug, old-fashioned alcoves which hark back to times gone by to ultra-modern works of art. With all the bells and whistles now available, your options for a fireplace are as myriad as impressive.
When considering building a built-in fireplace, always go through every step as thouroughly as possible. One can consider a fireplace to be an investment piece, and as such you would want to put in an sufficient amount of care, detail, and workmanship. These factors make it all the more important to hire only the very best contracter available for your fireplace installation.

Flue Installations
According to Wikipedia, a flue “is a duct, pipe, or opening in a chimney for conveying exhaust gases from a fireplace, furnace, water heater, boiler, or generator to the outdoors. Historically the term flue meant the chimney itself.
“They usually operate by buoyancy, also known as the stack effect, or the combustion products may be ‘induced’ via a blower. As combustion products contain carbon monoxide and other dangerous compounds, proper ‘draft’, and admission of replacement air is imperative. Building codes, and other standards, regulate their materials, design, and installation.”
A properly installed installed flue is absolutely vital, both for safety and functionality. Again, this cannot be emphasised enough. Without a flue, you will be putting your family and property at risk.
More than ever, it is paramount to hire a contractor who is more than capable installing flues.

Gas Braais
Gas braais are increasingly becoming a popular – and modern – form of braaing. While there are almost undetectable differences in taste, gas braais offer a cheaper, healthier, and more environmentally form of braaing. Importantly, they have become popular because of their ease of use.
Once correctly installed, a gas braai should last you several years if not longer, and only requires upkeep of valves and sealants. Lastly, make it a habit of using only certified, quality gas canisters to ensure the utmost safety for you, your friends and family, and your property.

Gas Fire Places
A gas fire place, a relatively recent feature which has taken modern homes by storm, offers optimal heat output, no gas odours, and cost-effective use. And because of it’s surge in popularity, a fully working fireplace can also be a show piece in your home, especially with the warm ambience it creates.

Pizza Ovens
And finally, the glorious pizza! A relatively affordable feature which offers endless fun and great food, a built-in home pizza oven is a great addition to any home. The size and costs of pizza ovens vary depending on your need which will of course alter the price of your pizza oven installation, and outer aesthetics can also be customised based on your existing décor and tastes.

Essentially, the function of a masonry oven, or pizza oven, is to trap and radiate heat from a wood fire, stacked within the oven. The design of a pizza oven is heat-efficient, allowing the use of stored heat and coals for long bakes instead of requiring a live fire at all times. Smoke is vented through the front of the oven by means of a chimney, built above the oven door. This oven is built with fire-resistant materials.

Come on Baby, Light my fire!
Now that you have a great idea of the various braais, fires and ovens available, it’s time to get in touch with a qualified contractor!

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