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With the wide range of gas fireplaces available today, choosing the right one for your home can be an intimidating task. So how do you go about picking the right fire for your needs? What to look for when choosing a gas fire. 

Here are some tips on choosing a gas fire for your home.

Firstly, the type of gas fireplace:

Although a modern gas fire can be fitted into virtually any property, the type of fire suitable for your home will depend on the type of flue, or whether you have a flue at all.

If you live in an older property, pre-1960, you will almost certainly have a traditional fireplace and chimney as the main flue. Make sure it hasn't been blocked off by a previous owner to help retain warmth.

As solid fuel fires went out of vogue in the 1970's and central heating became the norm, fireplaces and chimneys were replaced with flat walls, and what are known as pre-cast flues. These are hollow concrete blocks which run up inside the cavity wall to the roof and a raised ridge tile, which allows the noxious gases to vent to the outside.

Finally, you may well live in a modern house with no flue. Even so, there are now a large range of balanced flues gas fires available, which will suit your purpose.

But don't worry our experienced staff can give you all the advice you need when it comes to fitting the gas fire of your choice.

What is the gas fire's purpose?

So, now we know the type of fire that…

In this video we'll show you from start to finish how we installed a brick chimney with a pumice lining

This customer originally asked for a quote on a steel flue system, however it wasn't until he was advised of the benefits of a real chimney that he opted for  a new brick chimney.

The two most important factors were the appearance from the outside of the house and that it saved a lot of space inside the room.

We created a nice large opening inside so he could have the stove installed onto a simple hearth connecting directly to the chimney.  There is no need for a steel liner with a pumice chimney..

 

Within the past few years you will have noticed more and more

Eco Chimney Solutions

Within the past few years you will have noticed an increased number of metal flues installed on the side of houses. Some of these are poorly installed with cheap, inferior products and are now beginning to look tatty and many are starting to lean over. Not only are these an eye sore they can also become dangerous.

We are specialists in chimney building and repairs in Surrey and Hampshire

Anyone who has used Eco fires to install there metal flues will know that we refuse to install any other flue than Poujoulat TI 316 stainless steel flue system which is known in the industry as the best.

Though &#39classic' can sometimes be an overused word, it's the one that instantly springs to mind when you catch a glimpse of Gazco’s stunning range of Studio gas fires. One reason for the sustained popularity of these models is their outstanding ability to set the tone for any interior space, and the great news is that a specially designed Studio Slimline version is available. So even if your living room has just a cavity wall and no chimney breast, it's still possible to create your own distinctive version of the Studio look.

Watch this video and we will show you how we transformed a typical 1980s built fireplace and inefficient fire into a modern high efficiency Bellfire Horizon fireplace.

Starting with a very large brick fireplace, originally installed by Charles church homes, in a Farnham estate, these fireplaces were Popular in the 80s but now very dated with a disproportionate fire opening.

 

Starting to carefully remove the old brickwork, you can see these fireplaces were built against the wall and plasterboard was the fitted around the surround.