How do I choose the right gas fire and surround?
There are many things to consider when choosing a gas fire and surround. In a recent survey, the top key decision factors when shopping were:
3. Fuel Type
4. Size/Dimensions of fire/fireplace
We believe that buying a gas fire doesn't have to be complicated. With all this in mind and to help you find the perfect fire and surround, we've answered the most popular questions below to get you started.
- What are the different types of gas fires and surrounds? For conventional flue inset gas fires, we have four different sized engines which differ mainly by providing either radiant or radiant and convected heat, and the physical firebox depth. These are the Chewton (slimline radiant - depth 110mm), Asaba (slimline convector - depth 120mm), Whatley (full depth radiant - depth 180mm) and Walther (full depth convector - depth 250mm).
- What styles can I choose? There are many different gas fires to choose from. Frets such as the Blenheim, Elegance, Elysee, Grove and Victorian with vertical lines or ornate detailing are considered traditional, whereas fires with horizontal clean lines are considered more modern and contemporary. If you need further assistance choosing the right gas fire for your home, speak to our team directly.
- What control options are there on gas fires? Depending on the fire and surround model, we offer up to three control methods - Manual - Rotary Control, Manual - Fingerslide Control and Remote Control.
- Is having an efficient gas fire important? The efficiency of a gas fire depends on which model you choose. For example, the Grosvenor High Efficiency Gas Fire range has a glass front which significantly reduces the warm-air being drawn up the chimney. Also, this fire provides additional convected heat which draws in cold air and channels this through the firebox, warming it up in the process and expelling this hot air from the top back into your room.
- How big does my fireplace opening need to be for a gas fire? It is important to know the opening dimensions (width x height x depth) of your fireplace. The only way to ensure this is accurate is by getting a Gas Safe engineer to remove your existing fire. Generally, the opening is 16" wide by 22" high (w406mm x h559mm). Most modern fireplace openings are the same but the depth can vary significantly.
- How much heat output do I need? According to the English Housing Survey 2010 the average living room floor area is 3.6m x 3.6m (small dwelling) and 4.8m x 4.8m (medium dwelling) with an average height of 2.4m. Therefore the average volume is 31m³ to 55m³. Approximately speaking to make your room 21˚C when it's 1˚C outside, you will need 1kW of heat output for every 14m³ of space. Therefore as a rule of thumb, if you multiply the height, width and length together, to calculate the room volume, then divide this by 14, you'll get a gauge of what heat output is required. This would mean that the average room requires about 2.2kW to 3.9kW heat output for all-year-round comfort.
- What chimney or flue do I have? You should always consult a specialist to confirm this. However, to get a rough idea of what kind of flue or chimney you have, take a look at your rooftop.
- Are modern gas fires safe? Every gas fire has an Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and Flame Failure Device (FFD). These two components monitor the safe levels of oxygen in the room and will shut off the gas supply to the fire if they should fall below a safe level.
- Who will fit my fire and surround? All fires and surrounds should be installed by a Gas Safe engineer. Your safety is of paramount importance to us, which is why we offer a nationwide Home Survey and Installation Service to ensure you not only get the fire you want, but it is installed and working correctly.
- How does a flueless gas fire work? Our range of Flueless Gas Fires incorporates the latest in fire technology. They do not need a chimney or flue to operate and are designed to burn extremely cleanly. The burnt gasses are funnelled through a catalytic converter system as an additional safety precaution to ensure your fire remains both efficient and safe. In fact, the catalytic converter in our flueless gas fires works so effectively that it can actually help to clean the air by neutralising airborne particles and odours, therefore helping to reduce household allergies.
- How long does a flueless gas fire catalytic converter last for? Independent tests commissioned to establish the life expectancy of the catalytic converter have proved that even after 16,957 hours (approximately equivalent to 27 years and eight months of normal use)*, the catalytic converter is as effective as when it is new. *This calculation is based on the assumption of 4 hours a day for 5 months of the year.
- Do flueless gas fires cause condensation? All of our flueless gas fires are designed to supplement central heating and should be used as a secondary heat source only. Therefore, the background ambient temperature of the room will prevent any moisture from condensing on colder surfaces such as single glazed windows.
- Do flueless fires need an air vent in the room? Most heating appliances need ventilation to maintain the correct level of oxygen in the room. All of our flueless gas appliances installed in the UK require only 100cm² of additional purpose provided ventilation.*
*For installation in the Republic of Ireland, two fixed openings are required with a minimum effective opening each of 60cm². Both ventilators should be fitted on the same wall, one at a high level and one low level with a minimum vertical separation of 160cm.
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If you're still not sure where to start with choosing your fireplace and could do with a helping hand, get in touch. Customers come to us for our wide choice, great prices and unbeatable product knowledge. If there's something we can help you with or you've got any technical questions, contact our friendly sales team on 01202 588 632 or email us at [email protected]. And, don't forget we offer a nationwide Home Survey & Installation whereby we can send out a Gas Safe Registered engineer to help make sure you get exactly the right fire for you and know exactly what the costs are before you decide to proceed.