Are you planning to bring atmosphere and warmth to your home by buying a gas fire? Or is your current fire due for replacement? When buying a new gas fire, there are a number of important points you should pay attention to so you can enjoy the fire for years to come. For example, take into account the presence, or possibility of realising a gas connection and flue and make sure you choose the right capacity. In this blog, we will go through the three main points to consider when buying a gas fire.

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This is how to regulate the supply and return channel

The most important requirement when buying a gas fire or stove is the presence of a gas connection and a ventilation and exhaust duct. For a gas fire to burn, it must have access to the fuel, or in other words, the fire must be connected to the gas network. If you buy a (bio)propane fire, connection to the gas network is not necessary. Propane gas is stored in propane bottles, which you place next to your house and then easily connect to the gas fire.
Besides available fuel, you also need enough oxygen to light the fire and it is compulsory to connect the fire to a suitable flue for the removal of flue gases. In other words, a number of things to consider when buying a gas fire.

Controlling ventilation and exhaust of a gas fire

Controlling the ventilation and exhaust of a gas fire can be done in several ways. First, there is a difference in a fire with an open or closed combustion. The vast majority of people today have a fire with closed combustion. This means that the fire is connected to a pipe with a supply and return duct. A gas fire with open combustion takes oxygen from the room where the fire is located and therefore achieves lower efficiency.
The difference in combustion affects how you control the supply of oxygen and the removal of flue gases. This is because with open combustion, it is easy to use an existing flue for the removal of flue gases. A fire with closed combustion uses a single pipe with a supply channel on the outer edge and, inside it, a pipe that extracts polluted air. However, it is possible to convert the existing flue into a suitable flue.

The flue of a fire with closed combustion is arranged through the facade or roof of your home. Of course, you can use existing pipes for this. Because of the connection to the supply and exhaust system, the possibilities of installing a gas fire are not endless, so when buying a gas fire you should take the limitations into account. In our blog "What do I consider when installing a gas fire?" we give you more tips on what to look out for when installing a gas fire.

More installation options with DRU's PowerVent® system

With DRU's new PowerVent® system, the possibilities for installing a gas fire have increased enormously. With this system, the removal of flue gases can take place over a greater distance, for example via the crawl space of the house. As a result, you can even choose to place a gas fire in the middle of your living room or between two rooms. With DRU's PowerVent® system you are not restricted by an existing set-up, but can have the fire installed wherever you like in your home.

The suitable power and efficiency of your gas fire

Once you have determined the location of the gas fire in the home, the power and consumption of a gas fire is the next consideration. People often choose a fire with high efficiency and high power. As a consumer, you may think that a high-efficiency, high-power fire is necessarily better and heats the room faster, but a fire with too much power, however, heats the surrounding space too quickly.

The importance of getting returns and power right

The fire's efficiency indicates what percentage of the energy released when burning the gas is converted into heat. For efficiency, the higher the efficiency, the more economical the fire is. If you buy a gas fire with a high efficiency, you will save both on fuel costs and the environment. So in all cases, it is advisable to buy a gas fire with a high efficiency.

However, if the capacity of your fire is too high, the room will quickly become too hot. As a result, you will soon be forced to turn the fire down low or even off and no longer enjoy the play of flames. Moreover, a high-powered fire cannot dissipate heat optimally. It is therefore important to buy a gas fire or gas stove that matches the capacity of the room you are heating.

Determining the correct output of a gas fire

Which capital you need in your specific living situation depends on a number of factors. It depends, among other things, on the content of the room to be heated and the extent to which your home / room itself is insulated.

1. Determine the content of the room
You determine the content by calculating the content of the room. You can easily do this by multiplying the length, width and height of the room and thus calculating the cubic meters of content.

2. Map the degree of isolation
In addition to the content of the room, the degree of insulation also affects the required power. We adhere to the following guidelines:

A - Gas fire power in well-insulated homes
Is your home equipped with good insulation, such as roof insulation, floor and / or cavity wall insulation, or double glazing? This is usually the case with recent new-build homes or homes that have been professionally renovated and insulated not so long ago. With such a home, the red line (A) applies when determining the required power of your fire.
B - Gas fire power in moderately insulated homes
Is your home equipped with insulation, but for example a bit older? Do you have double glazing, but do you only have basic wall and floor insulation? Then you can keep the orange line (B) when determining the required power. You can of course also choose to insulate the house better first and then purchase a fire with a lower power, this ultimately saves heating costs.

C - Gas fire power in poorly insulated homes
Is your home poorly insulated and do you not have double glazing? Then follow line C when determining the right power for your gas fire. Keep in mind that if you have your home better insulated in the future, you may have a fire that provides too much power.

Get inspired and see which fire you like

In addition to the points of attention that you should pay attention to when you buy a gas fire, it is also important to research what you like. After all, a fire is a sustainable product that you want to enjoy for years to come. It is therefore important that the new fire fits the interior of your home and your style wishes. You can easily get inspiration via social media or the internet. For example, take a look at the Instagram and Facebook page of the DRU where we post inspiration every week.
You can also find plenty of inspiration on our website. View our collection of gas fire and gas stoves where we show you our most beautiful fires and give you tips on different styles and shapes of a fire.

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