Gas Fire Guide

Full Depth Gas Fire Overview
You really want that real flame effect, but don’t want to go all on out on a solid fuel fire? Well a gas fire is the perfect middleman for a realistic fire that isn’t difficult to maintain.

Gas fires work by a process known as combustion. Basically, natural gas combines with oxygen, that when ignited creates heat and light. The process also produces carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if the fire is not properly installed. It is therefore very important that your home is surveyed and fire installed by a registered gas installer. Click here to see our guide on understanding your flue type.

Generally speaking, gas fires are slightly more expensive than electric, and always require installation (as opposed to our plug in and enjoy electric suites.) On the plus side however they are compatible with many more flue types than a solid fuel fire, making it easy for any home to have a luxurious real flame fire.
Pros and Cons
There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing a gas fire. Make sure you bear the following in mind as you decide:
  • Real flames.
  • No fan means silent operation.
  • High heat output.
  • Unlike solid fuel fires, an instant On/Off switch.
  • Good durability.
  • Variable heat settings.
  • Cleaner and easier to maintain than solid fuel.
  • More installation options compared to solid fuel.
  • Not as efficient as an electric fire.
  • Higher running costs.
  • Installation time/cost.
  • Safety risks if not installed properly.

Full Depth Inset Full Depth Inset
As its name implies, a full depth gas fire requires quite a large recess. This is a very typical model of fire that would require a decent sized chimney, to allow the fire to sit into. The advantage of their commonality is that there is a large variety to choose from - with fires available in a range of finishes, and with a range of different fuel beds, and trim and fret designs.
Slimline Inset Slimline Inset
As aptly names as its larger counterparts, a slimline gas fire is a shallower version of the full depth. This normally results in a slightly lower hear output, but it also brings with it the great advantage of not requiring as big a recess. This is a perfect option when space is limited, as a slimline fire could well help avoid large re-decorating bills.
Wall Mounted Wall Mounted
As well as our inset fires, we also offer gas wall mounted varieties. Generally speaking, These are a lot more contemporary then our insets, and are not only stylish but also very economical with space. Care must be taken however as their flue and ventilation requirements differ from product to product. Always check the specifications, and if unsure contact us.

Health and Safety
As with many other gas applications, a by product of a gas fire’s combustion process is carbon monoxide - an invisible, odourless gas that can be deadly in large quantities. To ensure your safety it is vital that your gas fire is installed by a Gas Safe Registered Fitter, and that it is fully compatible with your home’s flue type (see our article on identifying flues for guidance).
The Danger Signs
Fireplace Advice Numeber 1 Carbon monoxide may be present if there are any of the following danger signs:
  • Gas flames that normally burn blue burn orange or yellow instead.
  • Condensation forms on windows and cool surfaces.
  • Sooty stains appear on or just above appliances, regardless of the fuel being burnt.
  • Coal or wood fires burn slowly or go out.
  • The fire is difficult to light.
  • The room is not properly ventilated.
  • The chimney or flue is blocked - watch out for smoke in the room.
  • You develop the following unexplained symptoms:
    • Tiredness
    • Drowsiness
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Chest pains
    • Nausea
What to do
If you have any concerns that you or anyone else are experiencing any of the above symptoms, get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and leave the house.
See your doctor immediately or go to hospital - let them know that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. They can do a blood or breath test to check.

If you think there is immediate danger, call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999.
Best Practice
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided by having the gas fire and flue serviced at least once a year. This needs to be done by a qualified Gas Safe registered fitter.

Installation of the fire and surround needs to be done by a qualified fitter. Any ventilation aids e.g. air bricks, should be used and installed correctly and not covered.

A carbon monoxide sensor should also be placed in the room - this is highly recommended with flueless gas fires.