• Gas fires For The Home

    There are four main types of gas fires in the UK today.

    The most popular one being the radiant gas fire, then you have the decorative fuel effect.

    An inset live fuel fire which is like a basket type fire with free-flowing real

    flames that sit inside the fireplace opening and the flue-less gas fires.

    There is a various derivative of these gas fires like room sealed and condensing.

    Before installing any type of fire you have to make sure you have the

    manufactures instructions for the fire and that you follow the installation procedure.

    You need to make sure that the flue or chimney that the gas fire is to be installed in is of the correct type and

    is clear of any obstructions and debris.

    You may even need to have the flue lined.

    The chimney will need to be smoke tested before the fire can be fitted.

    Safety is the number one issue with gas fires,

    so making sure the flue is to take away the products of combustion is a must.

    When installing any form of gas fire there are a few things you need to check first.

    Is the gas supply close by to the fire, can it be connected easily.

    Next ventilation, does the fire require ventilation,

    you will need to check the installation instructions, if so, where is the best place to install it.

    If you are installing flue-less gas fires then you will for sure need ventilation,

    again you will need to check the installation book for the ventilation size.

    These gas fires will shut off if not enough ventilation.

    Radiant gas fires are normally installed in the living area and are used for a quick boost of heat

    while waiting for the central heating to come on, even a back up should the heating breakdown.

    They are quite cheap to install and running costs are not that high either if used in the right manner.

    If left running all the time then running costs will be high.

    When installing radiant gas fires they are normally fitted to the fire surround with a closure plate.

    The closure plate has two holes one at the top and one at the bottom, the

    top for the flue from the fire and the bottom hole for air intake, so the fire burns with a crisp flame.

    The closure plate is fitted to the surround with duct tape and then the

    fire is either fitted to the surround with screws or is free-standing.

    Like any gas appliance, they should be serviced regular,

    otherwise, they can start to burn incorrectly and leak carbon monoxide into the room.

    If you are considering installing any gas fires into your property, you will need to

    contact a gas safe registered engineer to advise you accordingly of the installation and the costs involved.

    At the same time, you can ask him what the servicing costs would be for the type of fire you want to install.

    Like I said at the beginning there are many types of gas fires to choose from these days and at very different prices,

    there are even some that don’t even look like a gas fire.

    These gas fires are more for decorative effects than for heating the room.

    What’ve rooms can gas fires be installed in?

    This all boils down to the type of gas fire you want.

    You cannot fit gas fires in bedrooms or sleeping areas unless it states in the instructions that it is safe to do so.

    This is where your gas safe engineer can advise.

    Normally gas fires of 7Kw and above cannot be fitted in bedrooms or sleeping areas.

    The most important thing though with  fires,

    does not matter which type, is regular servicing, and properĀ ventilation.

    Gas fires can make a room look very cosy in the winter time and early dark nights.

    But if not checked regularly could be life-threatening.

    If you are thinking of installing gas fires into your property and would like some free advise, just enter your details in the box below.