How to choose a gas log fireplace

There’s nothing like the warmth and ambience of a fireplace in winter. A gas log fire is an affordable, convenient and mess-free alternative. To find out what to consider when choosing a gas log fire, we spoke to the team at Scandia.

Suit your space

It sounds obvious, but the size of your room will be an important consideration when choosing a gas log fireplace. A bigger room means more space to heat and a bigger unit to heat it. Some units can heat rooms up to 120 square metres but, ideally, your gas log fire will only be used as a secondary source of heat.

Do the numbers

The cost of installing a gas log fireplace will really depend on the unit you choose and whether it’s being inserted into an existing fireplace, freestanding or inbuilt. Once installed, it can be a relatively cost-effective way of heating a room. Most gas log fires are now rated for energy efficiency, but as a guide, Scandia suggest a unit with high heating output and low megajoule consumption.

Location, location

Unlike traditional wood fires that require a certain amount of clearance from surrounding combustibles, gas log fires offer much greater flexibility.

An outdoor gas log fire will be a striking feature in any entertaining area and will encourage use of the space all year round. Even better, you can save time and money on firewood. But best of all, lighting an outdoor gas log fire is as easy as switching on the barbie.

Existing, free-standing or in-built fireplace

If you have an existing fireplace or older style space heater, it's possible to retrofit a gas log fireplace into that space. It can also be quite cost-effective in terms of installation. A free-standing gas log fire stands on its own, away from the wall. Instead of using an existing chimney, a metal flue is installed through the ceiling and out the roof.

The right fit

Whatever type of gas log fire you choose, Scandia always recommend you have it fitted by a qualified, licensed installer whose work conforms to local council and safety regulations.

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