How to choose a gas fireplace

Heat, ambience and beauty at the touch of a button – what’s not to love about gas fireplaces?

The popularity of gas is something we have seen grow in recent years. With the advancements in fireplace technology and efficiency, it’s easy to see why.

Their looks have come a long way, the fuel beds are more authentic and busy urbanites are finding them a practical solution that look good too.

Looks are only part of the gas fire equation though; there are lots of other aspects to consider when buying one. With so many different ones on the market, how do you choose the right fire for you?

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There are three basic installation types – freestanding, inserts and inbuilt.

Freestanding fires work well when your space is limited, and are easy to install. The flue is exposed and the gas fitter simply installs it through your roof or directly through an outside wall.

Insert fires are great for homes that already have an existing fireplace you want to replace. You simply slide in the new insert fireplace and add the new flue system.

Inbuilt gas fires these are the wide, sleek, often frameless fires that are contemporary but really suit any style home.

It might sound obvious, but the bigger the gas fireplace, the more flame, so a bigger fireplace is going to produce more heat.

Although you might like the look of the ultrawide fireplaces, if your room is too small they will generate too much heat and you won’t turn it on as much.

Layout is something else that comes into consideration. If your dining room is adjacent to your living room a great option is a double sided fireplace, it looks amazing and splits the heat between the two spaces.

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There’s a misconception that gas fires come with high running costs, but gas (especially natural gas) is one of the cheapest forms of energy available. You just need to buy an energy efficient gas fireplace to go with it!

We recommend working out your budget at the beginning to make the decision process easier. The cost of the appliance is just the first part, there’s also the installation cost. These vary, depending on the finishes and design you’re going for. Because it can involve a few different tradespeople there can be a lot of hidden costs.

By using a retailer that provides a full service, from buying to full installation, you will save time and the hassle of project managing the install, arranging delivery of products and tying the whole thing together, this will also help you stick more to the budget.

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