Gas fireplace are a combination of a fire surround with an inset gas fire. All gas appliances that are connected to piped natural gas are required by law to be installed by a Gas Safe Engineer. The law is to protect homes and the safety of people alike. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a foreseeable risk for homes and for that reason the Gas Safe board oversees tradesmen to ensure the work carried out in your home is to the required quality standards.

Do all gas Fireplaces need to be vented?

Essentially the answer is depends on the type of inset fire supplied. The majority of gas Fireplaces require a flu or chimney of some sort. There are inset gas Fires which are multi flu/chimney which would work with Class 1, Class 2 and Precast flues. Our entire range of gas fireplaces are multi flue. Some gas fireplaces are designed to be vented out of an exterior wall, and are specially designed and engineered for that purpose. Gas fireplaces that are designed to be vented out of an exterior wall are called “Balanced flue or Power flue gas Fires”. Balanced flue fires have a glass screen in front of the flame effect and are more energy efficient, where as power flue fires are open and have a open living flame effect which is not covered by a glass screen.

Some gas fireplaces do not need to be vented.

There is a range of gas fireplaces which use a catalytic converter similar to a car and do not require to be vented. These vent free gas fires are frequently called flue less gas fires. Burley http://www.burley.co.uk is a major manufacturer of flueless gas fires. Flueless gas fires may require an external air brick to be removed from your home (depending on the room size).