Gas fires and fireplace’s in general are a great focal point in any room today as they always have been. That’s why it’s important to choose a fireplace and surround that will enhance the character of your home.
The right fire not only adds warmth but ambience to your home with a good fireplace installation, we can supply and install a large variety of styles and brands of gas fires from inbuilt to free standing fireplaces. We can also help with your design and installation choices and our customers can expect Shire Heating & Plumbing Ltd to be courteous and professional, to always make sure your questions are answered, and to do the highest quality work.
Gas fireplaces add warmth and beauty to almost any room in your home and can serve as a heat source during winter months!
It is important to choose the correct fire and fireplace for your home and requirements. There is an ever increasing product range available with new fire technologies available for modern and traditional homes. Before you start searching for your new fireplace one of the most important starting points is determining what fires you can install in your home. Every home is different and Fireplaces Are Us recommend having a installation survey, which we can perform in certain post codes, to help identify the correct class of chimney for your home and if your chimney requires a flue liner.
We have provided a basic guide to help you understand the chimney terminology correctly, but we strongly recommend asking a professional to check before you make the purchase. The below descriptions will give you a good idea of what to look for:
Commonly in older houses, earlier than 1960. The Class 1 chimney is identifiable by 7” (180mm)diameter, or greater flue. Ensure the existing chimney is structurally sound before any fireplace installation procedure. Class 1 chimneys are suitable for all fireplace types, as long as they are fault free.
Used in either an older house, where the existing chimney has been lined by a proprietary steel flue, or a newer house with a steel flue built-in. This chimney type can be identified by a 5” (130 mm) diameter flue and a steel flue terminal.
Modern houses, built later than 1960, often have a pre-cast concrete chimney system, which is identifiable by a rectangular box section flue and a terminal, as illustrated in the picture.
Pre-cast flues can only be used with specific gas fires and you cannot install a solid fuel fire. An increasing range of gas fires suitable for Pre-Cast Flue Chimneys have been developed over the last few years.
Modern houses are often built with no chimney. This means that you can only use a modern decorative electric fire with up to 2kW heat output, a gas powerflue fire, or a flueless gas stove.