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Gas Fire Reviews - LPG Gas Fires - Best Gas Fire Prices

We provide gas fire reviews to help pick the best gas fire or LPG gas fires inserts, freestanding gas fires, consoles gas fires and inbuilt gas fires. We also have top gas fire prices.

As we review gas fire types and prices, including LPG gas fires,  we compare the pros and cons of the various alternatives and help you make an informed decision…

Finding the Best Gas Fires - Need-to-Know Checklist

1. Find the best gas fire type: insert, freestanding, console or inbuilt gas fires?

2. Which is the top gas fire brand?

3. Direct Vent – Do you worry about drafts or can you do without a direct vent feature?

4. What is the best gas fire flame media: logs, stones, rocks or other types ?

5. Do you need an LPG gas fire  or Natural Gas model?

6. What level of heat output do you require?  How big is the space you wish to heat?

7. What are the top gas fire features for you? Remote controls, thermostats and timers are all nice-to-haves.

8. Is a power flue gas fire good? Do you need a power flue or can you go straight up with the flue?

9. What is a good gas fire price?

10. Different types of gas fires - How do you choose?

11. Best gas fire - which one?

 

We will review all of these…

Gas Fires & LPG Gas Fires

Gas Fires - Gas Fireplace Logs - Gas Fireplaces - Gas Log Fires Gas fires and LPG gas fires are energy efficient gas heaters and good looking, too. Gas fires (LPG gas fires) provide gas heating on demand, with the beauty of a real fireplace, at the flick of a switch.

Gas fires or LPG gas fires look just like wood fireplaces but without the wood to carry or the ashes to clean up – all of the appeal without the bother.

You also get to choose from freestanding, inbuilt, fireplace inserts or plinth mounted gas fire styles.

Different Types of Gas Fires Reviewed

Different Types of Gas FiresThere are four different types of gas fires to choose from, based on the way they are installed or how they work. The different types of gas fires include:

  • Natural gas or LPG gas fires

  • Gas fire inserts that fit into existing openings

  • Freestanding that stand away from the wall

  • Consoles that are installed up against the wall

  • Inbuilt gas fires installed within the wall

  • Power flue with a fan driving the combustion gases out

  • Direct vent that draws combustion air from outside

  • Glass front that are closed off on front

The different types of gas fires extend to the choice of fuels – natural gas of LPG gas fires. 

There are also different types of gas fires brands and models to pick from.

Why Install a Gas Fire?

Gas fires are the best combination of beauty and practicality. Gas fires add life and warmth to any room.  

They are energy efficient and can quickly, and beautifully, warm your home.

Freestanding or easily retro-fit into existing fireplace and heater openings, gas fire heaters are an attractive way to add character, heat and value to your home.

 

Power Flue

Flue diagramTraditional draft flues go straight up through your roof. 

Powered flues give you many more design options, as the exhaust gas is fan forced horizontally or vertically, depending on the model. 

Additional possibilities include 90° bends and the allowable flue length may also be longer. 

This allows for wall outlets as well as roof exhausts.

Direct Vent

With a conventional fireplace, the air used for combustion is drawn from within the room. 

Direct vent or balanced flue gas fire models draw the combustion air from outside your home, so there are less drafts and the fireplace is unaffected by closed doors, etc. 

The amount drawn in is balanced with the exhaust sent out.

Can You Have a Good Gas Fireplace Without a Chimney - Ventless

Can you have a good gas fireplace without a chimney?  Technically, YES. You don't need a chimney but you will need a flue pipe.

Totally ventless gas fires are very rare, as they vent the combustion gases into the living space.

The fact that the burners are purposely set to create a yellow flame means that they also create CO - carbon monoxide.

You cannot even buy a ventless gas fire in some countries.

I would strongly advise against a ventless gas fire, even in the event that they can be purchased in your country.

Gas Fire Fumes

Gas fire fumes are not an issue when the unit has a flue, which is the case in almost every instance.

With a flue or 'vent', all of the fumes are routed out of your home.

 gas fireplace logs Gas Fire Logs - Flame Media

Good gas fire logs are made of simulated wood so they don't actually burn. They give the illusion of burning because of the gas flames surrounding them.

You can choose between realistic looking flame media including ceramic logs, stones, rocks, quartz or coals.

They may be real or simulated.

Your choices depend on the manufacturer and model. 

Gas Fireplace Flame Colour

The gas fireplace flame color is typically yellow, unlike other gas appliances with a blue flame colour. This is achieved by adjusting the burners to receive less air with the gas.

Fuel Type

Models come in both Natural Gas and LPG gas fires. You can have a gas fire no matter where you live, even if you currently have an all-electric home, with an LPG gas fire.

Gas Consumption & Heat Output

Gas input is expressed in Mj/hour.  Heat output is measured in kW/hour. 

Generally speaking, greater gas input equals increased heat output, taking into account the relative energy efficiency ratings of the models being compared.

Get the Best Gas Fireplace Ratings - Energy Efficiency

Gas fireplace ratings in Australia are determined by testing and labelled for energy efficiency Star Ratings. 

Understanding what they mean can save you lots of money.  The Star Rating is based on net heater efficiency.

A higher star rating means lower running costs, which can add up over the years.

When you figure that a gas fire is likely to last 15 years or more, the annual running cost savings will add up over time.

So, gas fire ratings do matter. 

For more details, please see Gas Fire Ratings - Star Ratings

Brands:  Rinnai is synonymous with innovative design and great quality in gas fireplaces.  Designed and built in Australia, Cannon gas log heaters are high quality & energy efficient.  The Regency fireplace range complements today’s decorating trends toward clean and modern living spaces.   Other brands incude Real Flame, Jetmaster and Realfires. Brands:  Rinnai is synonymous with innovative design and great quality in gas fireplaces.  Designed and built in Australia, Cannon gas log heaters are high quality & energy efficient.  The Regency fireplace range complements today’s decorating trends toward clean and modern living spaces.   Other brands incude Real Flame, Jetmaster and Realfires. 

Remote controlGas Fires - Feature Options

Depending on the models, available features include thermostats, programmable timers, remote controls, multi-speed fans, electronic ignition, double glazing, child locks, mesh safety guards and powered flues.  

You just choose the model with the features you want. 

Best Gas Fire Reviews - Brands

Rinnai is synonymous with innovative design and great quality in gas fires. 

Designed and built in Australia, Cannon gas fire heaters are high quality & energy efficient. 

The Regency gas fire range complements today’s decorating trends toward clean and modern living spaces.  

Other brands incude Real Flame, Jetmaster and Realfires. 

How Much Does a Gas Fireplace Cost - Comparing Gas Fire Prices

How much a fireplace costs is dependent on the size, features and brand. Now you can compare prices for the major brands of gas fires including Rinnai, Cannon, Real Flame and Regency.  Just click to compare:

Compare Gas Fire Prices

Gas Fire Inserts - LPG & Natural Gas Fireplace Insert Reviews

Gas Fire Inserts - LPG & Natural Gas Fireplace Insert Reviews - Rinnai Slimfire 252 Gas FireplaceStart by checking the LPG & natural gas fireplace insert reviews, to find the best performers. Gas fire inserts are one of the different types of gas fires designed and sized to fit into an existing fireplace opening.  

They may also be the correct size to replace old inbuilt space heaters.  
This eliminates the cost of any additional work.  
No flue is required if you have a sound masonry fireplaces or you can run a metal flue inside of an older masonry chimney. 
Either method helps reduce installation costs. 

Glass Front Gas Fire Inserts

Glass front gas fire inserts are designed and sized to fit into an existing fireplace opening. The glass front typically seals to prevent any combustion gases from entering the home.

Most gas fire inserts are available with glass fronts as either a standard feature or an option.

Freestanding Gas Fires

Rinnai Sapphire FreestandingAnother of the different types is the freestanding gas fire, which is also easy to install. 
As the name implies, they stand alone, separate from the wall. 
Your gas fitter simply runs a metal flue through the ceiling and roof. 
The Rinnai Sapphire or Cannon Canterbury are amongst the best choices in freestanding gas fires.

Inbuilt Gas Fires

Rinnai 752 Gas FireplaceThe third of the different types is the inbuilt gas fire.
For the new home builder or slightly more ambitious remodeller, inbuilt gas fires are a great choice. 
The inbuilt option is the way to go if you want a wider profile gas fireplace. 
This does require a bit of timber and plasterboard, to build out the wall, but the results are well worth it.  
The gas fire and flue are enclosed within the new wall structure. 
Some models of gas fires are available with zero clearance options, so the amount of space used can be kept to a minimum. 
Add a stylish mantel, to crown the project, and your home will have a new centrepiece taking pride of place for you to enjoy.

Gas fireplace Safety

There are a few simple tips for gas fireplace safety. Follow them and you can use your gas fireplace in safety.

  • Never place flammable items in close proximity to a gas fire. You should maintain a minimum of 1m (3 ft) clearance for safety.

  • Gas fireplaces, like all gas appliances, should be regulary serviced for safe operation. Follow the recommendations in your owner's manual but at least every 2 years for safety.

  • Keep children away from the gas fire so that they don't touch the glass or other hot exposed surfaces.

  • The glass front of a gas fire can be a temperature of 200°C (400°F) and can stay hot for some time after use. Use safety screens to prevent contact with skin, especially with young children around.

  • Gas fireplaces are safe but a malfunctioning unit can create carbon monoxide.  So, for safety, you should consider getting a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. They look very similar to skoke detectors with a similar cost.

  • Don't try to clean the gas fireplace glass while hot. In addition to the safety risk of getting burned, a cold glass cleaner sprayed on the glass could cause it to crack.

12 Reasons to Choose a Good Gas Fire

Spectacular looks and a warm cozy home should be reasons enough to own a gas fire. 

But for the unconvinced out there, here are a dozen more great reasons that you should get a gas fire.

1.  Beautiful Warmth

Rinnai 752 Gas Log Flame Fire

How many things in life are both practical and beautiful at the same time? 

You can choose between realistic looking ceramic logs, stones, rocks, quartz or coals, depending on the manufacturer and model. 

This flame media may be real or simulated.

Gas fires also come in various finishes and many have attractive glass fronts. 

There really is a look available for everyone.

2.  Lots of Heat and Fast

Gas fires are available with high heat output ratings and you can have it instantly. 

As a result, they can heat your home quickly and efficiently. 

You’ll really appreciate this when you get up on a cold morning or when you return home late at night.

3.  Instant On & Off

Unlike a wood fireplace, a gas fire starts instantly and can be turned off just as fast. 

No more wasting time starting a fire and no worries if you decide to go to sleep or need to leave your home unattended.

4.  Resale Value

A gas fire adds to the resale value of your home. 

The numbers quoted are generally 75% or more of the initial investment.

5.  Mood Enhancer

Is there anything more seductive than sitting in front of a beautiful fireplace on a cold evening? 

Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic, but there’s nothing better in my book!

6.  No Cleanup

An additional mood enhancer for me is the fact that I don’t have to clean up the soot and ash. 

No brushes, shovels or ash buckets involved. 

Gas fires burn clean, with no cleanup required. 

7.  No Wood Storage Required

If you own a wood fireplace, you also need to have someplace dry to store the wood. 

It should be kept away from your home, as firewood is a notorious breeding ground for termites and spiders.

8.  No Cutting, Splitting, Stacking, Drying or Carrying Firewood

Firewood takes work… backbreaking work. 

If you do it yourself, you need to cut, split, stack, dry, and carry it to the fireplace. 

Even if you buy your firewood already split and seasoned, you still need to stack it and constantly carry it into the fire. 

No fun, especially when it’s raining or cold!

9.  Thermostats and Remote Controls

Rinnai Remote Control

Gas fires offer the user complete and instant control. 

The temperature is thermostatically regulated and many models even have remote controls. 

Not too hot or too cold, just right. 

Some even have programmable timers so that the unit comes on automatically. 

Try doing that with a wood fire!

10.  They Can Go Almost Anywhere

Gas fires can be installed into walls, existing masonry fireplaces, or be freestanding in a room. 

There are specific models for each kind of installation. 

They are so versatile that they can be installed almost anywhere in your home.

11.  Gas Fire Safety - Better Indoor Air Quality

Gas fire safety is important.

In contrast to smoky wood fires, modern gas fires have zero indoor emissions. 

They have direct vents for the incoming combustion air and a flue or power flue to take the combustion gas outside the home.

12. Christmas

What’s Christmas without stockings hung over a fireplace? 

You can add a mantel to any inbuilt gas fire so there’s lots of room for stockings and tinsel. 

It truly is the crowning touch.

Installing a Gas Fire in Your Home

Whether you call them 'gas fires' or 'gas fireplaces', installing one is easier than you think.  

A gas fitter does the installation and it can often be done in one day. 

First, pre-purchase your gas fire. This will save time and could save you money. 

Next you should choose a licensed gas fitter that is familiar with the installation of gas fires. 

Not all gas fitters are experienced with gas fire installation.

For step-by-step details, please see How To Install a Gas Fire

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The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free and may not be applicable in all circumstances.

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