Was thinking about having an inset fire, but are gas inset fires more
expensive to run? What about electric inset fires? are these
expensive to run. If a gas inset fire is less efficient, does this
mean that an electric inset fire would more or less cost the same to
Some ideas please
I think it will vary according to the energy output of each fire, the energy
efficiency of each fire, how much your fuel tariff is etcetera. The formulae
for calculating running costs based on energy output of both gas and
electric fires can be found at
http://www.simplyfires.com/technical-information.htm . Gas has always been
relatively cheaper than electricity but with recent sharp increases in gas
tariffs I don't know whether this is still the case.
According to my gas installer, whom I have known for many years and have
complete trust in, inset fires are more expensive to run than radiant gas
fires in terms of heat efficiency. We had a Baxi coal effect fire which took
ages to heat the room so we changed it for a Baxi radiant fire and now the
room heats up in no time at all.
As for electric fires, I personally wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
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