Browse through our range of gas fires online, or visit our Birmingham Showroom to view our complete range.
There are a number of options available in terms of style, function and appearance, to help you find the perfect gas fires for your home or business we have categorised our range as follows:
Gas fires are a popular cost effective solution that provide impressive heat outputs and the dancing flames of a “real fire”. With the click of a button you are provided with an instant source of heat which looks and feels like a real wood burning/solid fuel fire all from the convenience and comfort of your armchair.
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Inset Gas Fires
Available in all styles from traditional to ultra modern, this type of gas fire is normally installed within a fireplace and requires a chimney or flue to vent the fumes. Whether it is open fronted inset gas fires or glass fronted inset fires you are looking for, you will be sure to find something suitable. Inset gas fires are not only for decorative purposes, some of the latest models provide impressive heat outputs and can boast efficiency ratings of up to 89%.
Hole in the Wall Gas Fires
“Hole in the Wall” type gas fires are normally inserted in to an chimney, cavity wall or false chimney breast. Hole in the wall gas fires are usually installed off the floor to provide a minimalist look. Available as both open fronted and glass fronted options, hole in the wall gas fires are fast becoming the must have choice. Many of the latest models provide impressive heat outputs and efficiency ratings of up to 85%.
Our range of gas stoves offer the style and elegance of traditional wood burning stoves without the need for a ready supply of solid fuel. Available in both modern and traditional styles, gas stoves are practical, look very realistic and provide impressive heat outputs.
Flueless Gas Fires
For rooms that do not have a chimney or the possibility of fitting a flue behind the fire, catalytic flueless gas fires are an ideal solution. Available in a multitude of styles from traditional to modern, our range includes flueless gas stoves to hang on the wall flueless gas fires, you will be sure to find something to suit.
Balanced Flue Gas Fires
Balanced flue fires are ideal for homes without an existing chimney, or where the fireplace needs to be relocated. Available in modern and traditional styles, balanced flue gas fires are always glass fronted – the completely sealed flue system provides you with a multitude of fitting options. Due to the flexibility, high heat outputs and fuel efficiency on offer, balanced flue gas fires are fast becoming the most popular gas fire of choice.
Outset Gas Fires
These somewhat traditional styled gas fires are usually a box shaped unit which is either wall hung or sat on a fireplace hearth. Outset gas fires usually feature ceramic radiant tiles to the front, however some models can feature realistic fuel beds and dancing flames behind a glass screen. Outset gas fires or wall hung gas fires as they are commonly known are very efficient and provide impressive heat outputs.
Why are Gas Fires so popular in the UK?
Since the UK’s Natural Gas conversion program was completed in 1976, gas fires have become common place in homes across the country. Although gas fired central heating systems were becoming ever more popular and affordable, gas fires have remained the focal point of households across Britain.
Open fires have been a popular choice in Britain since chimneys began appearing across Europe in the 13th Century, acting as both a direct source of heat and a focal point for family gatherings. As Britain moved from cooking with coal or wood fire, similarly we began to heat our homes with gas fireplaces.
The First Generation of Gas Fires
In the early days of the gas fire, homes were still very inefficient in terms of heat loss. The open front chimneys were blocked up with a small flue left open to vent the fumes away for a wall hanging/outset gas fire.
The downward draught of cold air from the chimney was hugely reduced by blocking up the large opening and heat loss up the chimney was minimised by bringing the fire in to the room.
Outset gas fires typically had radiant tiles to the front and some later models included convectors (a process of exchanging cold air for warm air). This produced a very efficient gas fire which would provide a suitable heat output for the average sized living room.
Outset fires or wall hung fires as they are commonly known are now available with ceramic coal and ceramic log fuel beds to offer the visual element of an open fire. Set behind a glass screen, these outset fires still provide the output and efficiency expected from any outset gas fire.
Such was the popularity of outset fires fires, we find many of our customers often relate to experiencing an outset fires at some point in time. Outset fires are the standard bearer our customers often relate to when comparing heat output and efficiency.
Decorative Gas Fires
As styles and tastes of British homeowners changed, so too the gas fire developed to meet the demands of the market. Thanks to technological advancements in central heating systems, better glazing and insulation techniques, homes across Britain were becoming ever more energy efficient.
This meant the gas fire was becoming less popular in terms of a providing a direct heat source, which resulted in a huge amount of “decorative gas fires” to hit the British market. Chimneys began opening up and fireplaces with dancing flames and realistic ceramic fuel beds were once more trending.
Open fronted inset gas fires hit the UK market through the 80’s and 90’s, these early generation inset gas fires provided modest heat outputs and were inefficient (typically 50% heat loss).
However, in recent times the uncertainty surrounding increases in household fuel costs means that British homeowners are once again looking to the modern gas fire to help tackle the rising costs of heating our homes.
Modern Efficient Gas Fires
In recent years the demand for stylish gas fires to provide supplementary heating has rocketed. Turning on the central heating to warm the entire house is at times inefficient if you are only occupying a certain room.
A modern gas fire can provide that additional heat source for a particular room without the need to heat the entire home via the central heating system.
With the rising costs of fuel, manufacturers have been busy researching and developing new methods to provide gas fires which are efficient, produce lots of heat and are cheap to run. The variety of styles and designs on offer are vast, from traditional designs such as cast iron inserts right through to modern hole in the wall gas fires, you will be sure to find something to suit.
Gas Fire Efficiency Explained
The efficiency of a gas fire is calculated by taking the input (of gas fuel) and then subtracting the overall output. The difference is what is generally wasted through ventilation up the chimney or flue.
As an example, most gas fires will have an average input of 7kw, if the output of the the gas fire states 3.5kw output, this means the gas fire is 50% efficient (with 3.5kw of heat coming in to the room and 3.5kw lost up the chimney or flue).
Similarly, if a fire has an input of 5kw and claims an output of 4.5kw, this would mean the fire is some 90% efficient (with only 10% heat loss). Remember, the overall heat you will experience from any gas fire will also depend on a number of factors including room size and other ventilation such are air bricks and trickle vents.
Read our blog on how modern fires should help reduce your energy bills.
Glass Fronted Gas Fires
As a general rule of thumb glass fronted gas fires are more efficient when compared to open fronted alternatives. As well as producing radiant heat, the glass fronted fires are a fully sealed unit and feature a convector which draws cold air out of the room and pushes it back out as warm air.
Most open fronted fires will only produce radiant heat, which means the closer you get the warmer you feel (although some open fronted convector gas fires are available).
In most cases an open fire will need to be kept at full power for a longer period of time in order to reach the same room temperature. This makes the glass fronted gas fire a more efficient alternative.
Glass fronted fires can become very hot, it is always highly advised to take necessary precautions to protect the young and infirm. Fire screens to suit inset glass and open fronted gas fires can be purchased in store.
If you are ever in any doubt please do not hesitate to call our showroom and speak to one of our specialist for free and impartial advice.