An oak beam is one of the best adornments for your fireplace, in order to replicate an old-style lintel. Historically, oak was the choice of builders when a lintel was needed to provide an opening for the fire, also supporting the chimney breast above.
Why Oak? Oak is extremely robust and has a rather high flash point. Additionally, it was more readily available and both easier and cheaper to work than the most common alternative: stone.
Focus Fireplaces provideThemes a variety of styles, colours, depths and finishes/textures. Most are cut from solid oak, and then distressed to suit the customers' taste and preference. They also provide beams made from pine, and also make hollow beams where weight is an issue, or to encase structural metal beams and the like.
Focus Fireplaces have a variety of fixing systems, but all depends on the style of beam you choose. The Easy-fix system is a simple way to install your beam. It requires the wall to be drilled and the fixing bracket screwed to it. The beam is then fastened to the bracket, and when you want to redecorate, the allen screws can be undone and the beam simply slides off.
The lighter fascia beams come complete with strong metal keyhole plates. All beams supplied by Focus fireplaces are made in Britain.