Installing a gas fire will likely be much more expensive than electric or wood, but you will hopefully soon make those costs back with the lower running costs.
Your new heating appliance must be fitted by a qualified gas installer (Gas Safe registered in the United Kingdom), and they must also check that the fire you have selected will be suitable before fitting. You may wish to ask for advice first, or select a couple of options from our list and ask for their opinion.
There are generally three ways to control your gas fire:
- Manual: Your traditional knob design which turns the fire on and allows you to adjust the heat. They may not be as accessible as other options, and the piezo can be hard to ignite, but it is by far the most common type and often the cheapest too. You will have pretty great control over the level of heat given out
- Slide: A more simple design. The pilot on these fires is left alight unless you completely turn it off, so the switch opens or closes the gas valve. They can be more accessible as they’ll be at the top of the fire and don’t require any pressure or awkward turning. You may be restricted to two or three levels of heat
- Remote: There are two forms – permanent pilots and those that ignite the pilot on startup. There will be batteries in the remote and the fire. It makes things much easier in terms of control, but you may face issues with signal responsiveness or expensive repairs
Measured in kW, this is how effective the fire is at heating your room. Gas fires often fall somewhere between 3 and 5 kW.
A smaller room will only need an output at the lower end of the scale, whereas a larger room will need the best output money can buy. You will also need to consider the style of your room – open planned, or plenty of windows will also need a larger output so you can feel the difference.
If you have a flue or chimney already installed, then you are pretty free to choose either a flue or flueless model. Which you pick can depend on the style you’re after, how much you want to spend and the size.
Chimney-less homes will have to pick a flueless gas fire, however. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though; they can actually be a lot more efficient as all of the heat is released into the room, rather than half disappearing up the chimney.
Surrounds And Hearths
It isn’t just the actual fire you have to consider when picking a new model. What is your surround going to be like? Do you have a style in mind, or will you want to keep your existing one?
Either way, ensure they are both compatible and take note of the dimensions.