I want to have a gas fire installed in my sitting room. I'm very taken
with the new type that doesn't require a flue for venting the burnt
Has anyone on this NG any experience of such a fire?
And the other thing is once upon a time if you wanted a new gas supply
installed in a room you rang the gas board. Who does this sort of work
now? Anyone know?
He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I
could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far
They do have disadvantages that would stop me having one. The first is that
you usually need a 100cm2 ventilation grille fitting to the external wall or
floor, no way do I want this draft coming into the lounge. The second is
that they create condensation (mind you with all the cold air the vent lets
in that would probably not be a problem).
You are sitting in the room breathing the fumes from the gas fire.
If the fire is working properly, and there's enough ventilation,
all will be well. However, you are putting a lot of trust in it
With other types of gas heater, even if they go wrong, the toxic
fumes will be ejected outside. It takes many things to go wrong
before you get toxic fumes indoors.
There are some extra checks in a flueless fire such as an oxygen
level tester to make sure the room doesn't start running out of
oxygen (e.g. if you block the required vents to the outside
because you don't like a cold draft when you're trying to heat
the room), but even so, chucking the fumes into the room just
feels wrong. OK, a gas cooker does the same, but you generally
don't use one for hours, except the oven, and that's actually
very low power compared with a room heater.
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I too was keen on having that type of gas fire fitted, not because of being
flue-less (due to having a catalytic convertor) but because of their very
high energy efficiency, but decided against when I found that I would have
to have a 4 inch diameter hole drilled through an outer wall that would
allow an arctic blast to enter the room so cancelling out most of the heat
produced. So I had a Magiglo Ekos 16 inch fuel effect fire installed instead
and have been very pleased with it, but it does require a flue/chimney
breast. Any GasSafe plumber (used to be Corgi Registered) can bring a gas
supply pipe into the room.
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