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If you’re hav­ing friends over dur­ing the colder months, a fo­cal point in the room cre­ates a sense of at­mos­phere. Not just for warmth, heat­ing with real flames looks great too.

While tra­di­tional open fires lose up to 90 per cent of their heat up the chim­ney, real flame op­tions vary from wood-fired com­bus­tion heaters to gas and, the new­est kid on the block, bioethonal. Co­coon Fires (pic­tured) op­er­ate on bioethanol, a fuel pro­duced from vegetable mat­ter. Co­coon Fires man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­thony Hinch­cliff says it pro­duces a vi­brant flame with a gen­tle ra­di­ant heat. “It’s a clean burn­ing sys­tem with no need for a flue,” he says. “It will heat an av­er­age liv­ing room com­fort­ably and it sits best in more in­ti­mate, cosy spa­ces.”

Real Flame sells both dec­o­ra­tive fires and heaters for in­door liv­ing spa­ces which are pow­ered by gas fire­place tech­nol­ogy.

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