At Fires and Fireplaces we can advise you on what fire will best suit your requirements. There are many to choose from and finding the right appliance can often be confusing. To make it more simple, below we highlight the main types of Gas fire and explain how they work and more importantly how efficient they are.
Decorative Gas Fires (DGF)
Dgf gas fires are a tapered tray that sits into an existing firebrick. They are around 20% Efficient. With only a small amount of heat projected into the room. Most heat is lost by the draw of the chimney.
Hotbox Gas Fires
These gas fires are typically 24% efficient. The metal box that the gas burner engine sits into radiates some heat back into the room.
Convector Gas Fires
Convector fires give out radiant heat like a hotbox but they also draw in cold air from the room pass it through a heat exchanger to warm it up and then this warm air is circulated back around the room. This process means that the room is heated far more quickly than by radiant heat alone. The efficiency on most of our convector Gas fires is around 60%.
High Efficiency Gas Fires
High Efficiency Gas Fires are typically 89% efficient meaning that only 11% of heat is lost. HE gas fires (as they are often known) will be Glass fronted. This dramatically reduces the draw from the chimney. Although heat proof the ceramic glass will radiate heat into the room and does not deplete the amount of heat that is projected. High efficency gas fires also convect heat by circulating cold air through a heat exchanger much like standard Convector Gas Fires. The initial outlay for a high efficiency gas fire is generally more expensive than a Hotbox
Balanced Flue Gas Fires
A Balanced Flue gas fire allows you to have a gas fire without a chimney. These fires are glass fronted and are room sealed.as long as the property that the fire flues onto is your own and meets current guidelines, you can benefit from the warmth and look of a gas fire. Balanced flue gas fires are normally 84% efficient and work by air