A living flame open gas fire has become the the top selling inset fire option in the UK at present.Gas Fires are extremely practical as they have high heat outputs and involve very minimal maintenance. Traditional solid fuel wood burning fires are often difficult to maintain and require you to store dried burning wood, where as a gas fire can be switched on at the turn of a switch and can just as easily be safely put out. Electric fires are also very popular, however there is always inevitably something artificial about the flickering light and effect of an electric fireplace, and this is the main reason why most homeowners would rather opt for a real flame effect if possible.

What is a Flueless fire?

Flueless Gas Fires are special designed fires with a built in catalytic converter (similar to a car). The Catalytic converter will convert the harmful vapor to a safe format. This effectively means you can fit a gas fire in any room within the house, even if you do not have a chimney, flue or external wall

What are the advantages of Flueless fires?

1. Flueless gas fires are 100% efficient at source. This is a great advantage as conventional gas fires are often as little as 60% efficient (effectively 40% of heat is lost up the chimney) 2. Flueless gas fires can be fitted in a room where there is no chimney or flue. This leaves you more options and increases flexibility 3. Flueless gas fires may be the only option if you are unable to use your existing chimney or flue. In some cases, homeowners are not able to fit a conventional gas fire in some homes as: (a) The chimney may have been blocked up (by a previous property owner) (b) The chimney could have been condemned due a leak by a Gas Safe Engineer. (c) In some circumstances, the chimney could have been removed (knocked out) in another room such as upstairs bedrooms to create space for wardrobes 4. As you are unable to fit a conventional fire, Flueless gas fires are the only option at times. A balanced flue gas fire (vented out of an external wall) may also not be possible as the fire would ideally need to be located in the centre of the room on the chimney breast

Disadvantages of Flueless fires?

1. Flueless gas fires need a large minimum room size of 30 cubic meters (length x width x height). If your room is not large, then you will need to have an air brick installed to create the required ventilation. This can leave your room cold and venerable to cold drafts of air 2. Flueless gas fires are rumored to create dampness in many homes. We have not had any customers complain about this, however it is worth mentioning that some companies have had customers complain about a damp feeling whilst using the fire 3. Flueless gas is a new technology and has not been used for as long as conventional gas fires. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat, and many customers feel uneasy trusting such a new innovation which has not been around for many years 4. Flueless gas fires are always glass fronted. This is due to the way they are designed. Many homeowners find a glass fronted fire unappealing (as they prefer a open living flame fire) 5. Fire Surrounds for flueless gas fires need a large rebate (internal opening) if you would like to fully recess the fire within the fireplace. On average most flueless fires need a 110mm recess allowance within the fire to accommodate the fire. This is a non standard requirement, and it is difficult to find suitable fireplaces (although we can make suitable fire surrounds for these fires at no extra charge).

Creative Fireplaces can help

At Creative Fireplaces, we make all our Marble Fireplaces in our Nottinghamshire factory and are able to alter the rebates to suit your individual application. This means we can make any of our fire surrounds suitable for a flueless gas fire. It is also important to note that a non combustable fire surround is needed (hence materials such as marble are ideal for this purpose).