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Winter is approaching, and there’s nothing like cozying up by a warm fireplace on a cold day. But with so many fireplace brands on the market, how do you choose the best one for your home? In this piece, we will look at 5 top fireplace brands that are sure to keep you cozy all winter long.

When you’re looking for a contemporary unit to pair with a new renovation, or a more traditional fireplace, with an out put to match your room size, macD Fireplaces stocks the full range for you to select the perfect fireplace. From renowned names in the industry to emerging players with innovative designs, there’s something for everyone. Explore the exquisite craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional heat output these brands offer.

This article seeks to help you make an informed decision, but it will also provide valuable insights into the features, benefits, and customer experiences of each brand. So, get ready to transform your living space into a warm and inviting haven with these top 10 wood burning fireplace brands. Get ready to experience ultimate warmth and comfort throughout the winter season.

Factors to consider when choosing a fireplace brand

When choosing a fireplace brand, there are several factors to consider. These factors will help you determine which brand best suits your needs and preferences. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors to consider:

  1. Type of Fireplace: The first decision you’ll need to make is the type of fireplace you want. Free standing fireplaces provide a traditional and rustic feel, while “insert” type fireplaces offer convenience, modern feel and ease of use.
  2. Heat Output: The heat output of a fireplace is an important consideration, especially if you live in a colder climate. Look for brands that offer high heat output to ensure your home stays warm and cozy during the winter months.
  3. Design and Aesthetics: Your fireplace should not only provide warmth but also enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Consider the design and aesthetics of the fireplace brands you are considering, ensuring they match your home’s style and decor.
  4. Energy Efficiency: With rising energy costs, it’s crucial to choose a fireplace brand that is energy-efficient. Look for brands that have high energy efficiency ratings, as they will help you save on heating costs in the long run.

By considering these factors, you can narrow down your choices and find the perfect fireplace brand for your home.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Investment Fireplace

When selecting an investment fireplace, there are several factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice for your home and lifestyle.

  1. Size and Space: Consider the size of the room where the fireplace will be installed. It’s important to choose a fireplace that fits proportionally and does not overwhelm the space. Take measurements and consult with a professional to determine the appropriate size.
  2. Venting Options: Wood-burning fireplaces require proper venting to ensure the safe release of combustion byproducts. Consider the availability of venting options in your home and choose a fireplace that can be installed accordingly. macD Fireplaces are experts at crafting the perfect venting solutions for your new fireplace.
  3. Budget: Set a budget for your fireplace investment. The cost of fireplaces can vary depending on the type, size, and features. Consider the long-term costs as well, such as maintenance, fuel, and energy consumption.
  4. Style and Design: Choose a fireplace that complements your home’s style and decor. Whether you prefer a traditional, rustic look or a sleek and modern design, there are plenty of options available to suit your taste.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and choose a fireplace that will enhance both the value and ambiance of your home.

Top-rated fireplace brands in the market

macD Fireplaces use their 45 years of experience in installing and maintaining wood burning fireplaces to make informed decisions on the best brands for the South African market.

macD chooses its brands based on reputation, quality, customer reviews, and overall performance and efficiency.   


This stylish brand is of Spanish origin and embodies everything that modern fireplaces are known for.  Rocal’s designs are striking while remaining highly efficient, with low particle release and CO2 emissions. 

They have a wide range of free standing fireplaces as well as wood stoves and ‘insert” type units.  macD stock a broad range of their popular wood stoves and inserts and have installed numerous of these over the years.  Rocal and macD have partnered to bring you a high quality product paired with the absolute best installation service in South Africa. 

The benefits of using a fireplace

Franco Belge

A well known brand in the stove industry since 1926, Franco Belge craft some of the finest combinations of cast iron and combustion technology available. This brand produces a wide range of wood stoves but are best known for their classic and timeless fireplaces for use in a variety of rooms.

macD is a long-standing supplier of this prestigious brand, which has perfected the art of combining tradition with contemporary performance. Customers regard their Franco Belge fireplaces not just as heating units but as prized pieces of furniture!


Another brand with over 100 years of heritage is Plamen of Croatia, who operates the largest cast iron foundry in that country.  Known for their high energy efficiency and durability, the Plamen brand is a popular choice for South Africans keen to stay warm and keep their energy costs low. 

macD have a range of Plamen models to view both online and in their showroom. 


Another well established fireplace brand, core to the macD offering, is Charnwood of Great Britain.  This 50 year old brand pride themselves on enduring designs, underpinned by modern combustion technology and manufacturing techniques. 

Charnwood have strong environmental custodianship and are committed to protecting the environment in their operations and business in general.  This extends from the process of manufacturing to the packaging and vehicles used to transport the stoves. 

Offering both contemporary and traditional styles, all Charnwood stoves meet the Ecodesign Ready requirements.  Find models to view online or at the macD showroom.

Choosing the right fireplace brand for your needs

Choosing the right fireplace brand is a crucial decision that will impact your comfort and enjoyment during the winter season. By considering factors such as the type of fireplace, heat output, design, energy efficiency, and safety features, you can make an informed decision.

In this article, we have explored the top 4 fireplace brands that are highly rated in the market. These brands offer a wide range of options to suit different preferences and needs,  as well as décor tastes.

Whether you’re after exceptional craftsmanship, innovative technology, or energy-efficient solutions, these top-rated fireplace brands have you covered. So, get ready to transform your living space into a warm and inviting haven with a fireplace from macD this winter. Experience ultimate warmth and comfort throughout the winter season with the perfect fireplace for your home.

Speak to the macD Firehouse Team for expert advice and tips on installation and placement of your new fireplace.  The level and quality of the installation can make all the difference to your satisfaction. 

Find the macD team at or call on (021) 696 7930.

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