Fire Buying Guide
Before you begin
There is a fire for all tastes, from traditional to contemporary chic. However, before you make your final selection, please take time to consider the following:
Your gas supply will either be Natural Gas or LPG, depending on the area in which you live.
- Natural Gas – The most common gas supply
- LPG – Alternative for houses with no Natural Gas supply
Gas is wonderfully controllable, but which type of control suits you best? The discretion of manual ignition, concealed behind the removable ash pan… the convenience of slide control… or the luxury and style of remote control?
- Manual – Simple and discreet
- Slide – Convenient control without having to bend down
- Remote – The ultimate in infra-red indulgence
Fire Back Panel
Some fires offer you the option of a brick back panel or a plain back panel – simply choose the one that suits your room.
- Plain – Standard Black
- Brick – Traditional 3D Effect
- Ribbed Back
Radiant or Convector?
A radiant fire emanates heat from the combustion chamber only, which is why radiant fires incorporate a glowing back panel to maximise heat output. A convector fire has the added benefit of a heat exchanger attached to the back of the fire. This draws cold air in and sends it back out into the room as hot air, maximising heat output whilst keeping your fuel bills down.
Chimney or Flue?
Your choice of fire will be dictated by the type of chimney or flue you have. If you’re not sure, then take a look at your roof and cross-reference it with the simple quide below. It is also worth noting that a slimline fire will fit virtually any chimney or flue, whereas a full-depth often requires a traditional chimney or rebate on the fire surround.
A conventional brick chimney is easily recognisable by a chimney stack with accompanying terracotta pot or gas terminal. Apart from products designed for ‘no chimney’ applications, all products will fit this installation.
This is an interlocking metal flue tube system easily identifiable by a metal flue and terminal on the roof and a metal flue box behind the fire.
Built from concrete or clay blocks, pre-cast flues provide a rectangular section flue. They can be identified by a ridge vent or metal flue tube and terminal on the roof.
No Chimney or Flue
Some properties have no chimney or flue, in which case a balanced flue or powerflue is required.
Powerflue fires expel the flue gases directly outside the bulldlnq through the use of an electronically driven fan unit mounted on the external wall. A sophisticated microprocessor monitors performance and automatically shuts off the fire in the unlikely event of operation failure.
Balanced Flue fires vent directly outside through a horizontal co-axial pipe (one pipe within a larger pipe). The outer pipe draws air in from the outside and the inner pipe expels combustion gases. An electricity supply is not required for these products.
Sizing up your fire
To ensure that your fire will fit into your home, every fire in this brochure has a diagram illustrating approximate dimensions. Powerflue and balanced flue models are shown below. Individual model dimensions are detailed on the product pages.