Things to Consider - When buying a Gas Fire.

posted this on 17 Jul 2015

Before buying a gas fire, there are a few things you need to consider and check to make sure you can have one and that you choose the right type of gas fire.

The most important thing you need to check is you have a chimney. If you don’t, then it doesn’t stop you having a gas fire, we supply balanced-flue gas fires and have a stunning range of flueless gas fires too.

Once you’ve established you have a chimney then you need to decide which chimney/flue type it is. These are the three main types:

  • Brick Chimney/Class One Flue
    A traditional brick chimney is easy to spot as you’ll have a proper chimney stack and a chimney pot on the top.
  • Pre-Fabricated Flue
    These flues are made up of interlocking metal flue pipes and come out of the roof with a cowl on the top.
  • Pre-Cast Flue
    A pre-cast flue constructed from concrete blocks and built into the properties' interior walls. Look for a rigid vent in the roof apex.

On all our Product Specifications, you can see suitable chimneys/flue types for each fire.

Suitable chimney types are listed for every fire on Direct Fireplaces.

In addition to a suitable chimney, you also need to make sure your home has a gas supply, the type of gas you have and that you can get the gas supply to your fire. These might seem like basic questions, and if you’re replacing a gas fire, then the chances are there’s already a gas supply available. However, if you’re replacing a solid fuel fire it’s worth checking that you can run a gas pipe to the fire.

The other point to check is the type of gas you have. The supply is easy to check as there are only two types, you’ll either have mains gas (natural gas) or LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) if you have gas delivered to an outside tank. Again, you’ll find the suitable gas types for each fire in the Product Specifications.

Find gas options for every fire on Direct Fireplaces.

If you have any questions about buying a gas fire, then please feel free to call our expert team.