There are many
different styles of fire on the market. Everything from a fire
that looks like a real coal fire to a hole in the wall with burning
types of fires are grouped according to how they are flued.
most common type of fire needs to be installed to an open flue usually
an existing chimney.
Decorative Fuel Effect (DFE) - This type of fire looks like a
real fire incorporating a burner, controls, coal bed and
decorative wrought iron basket that fits into the base of an
existing masonry chimney or existing period fireplace.
These fires generally require 100sq.cm. of permanent ventilation
in the room unless the manufacturers instructions state
otherwise. These fire are usually very inefficient as the
heat goes straight up the chimney as opposed to being convected
back into the room.
can be categorised further depending on whether or not they have a heat
exchanger i.e. convectors.
fires. As air in the room is passed over a heat exchanger it
warms and rises causing warm convected air currents to circulate in the
room. This is the most effective way to heat space.
Convector - This is the most common type. It has
white radiant bricks and is sealed to the fireplace opening
using the manufacturers original closure plate.
Inset Live Fuel Effect (ILFE) - This type of fire looks like
a real fire. It comes enclosed in a metal fire box
incorporating a heat exchanger. The whole unit is inset into the
chimney breast and sealed to the fireplace or surround.
are fires available that do not require an existing
chimney. These will be flued directly through an outside
Unit Heater - This is a room sealed, balanced
flue convector heater which must be fitted to an external
Flueless Fire - are 100% efficient
(no heat goes up a chimney). This type of fire
incorporates the latest catalytic technology whereby the carbon
monoxide produced is converted to non-toxic carbon dioxide. No
flue is required and this fire can be installed almost anywhere
there is a natural gas supply.