Hole-in-the-wall gas fires
If I have a standard chimney, how can I convert it to a hole-in-the-wall gas fire?
All hole-in-the-wall gas fires can be installed into a standard chimney with very little conversion work.
Hole-in-the-wall gas fires such as the DRU Global 90 or DRU Metro 100XT require some building work, but it should take no more than a day to complete.
The old chimney opening above the hearth has to be sealed up, and a new opening made for the fire higher up the brickwork. If it is a balanced flue fire, a vertical opening has to be made for the flue, which is connected to the top of the fire. If it is a conventional flue fire, it can be inserted directly into the chimney cavity.
Once the fire is installed, the new brickwork is plastered and you can start using your fire once the plaster has dried and you’ve redecorated the wall.
Hole-in-the-wall gas fires have a clean, uncluttered appearance that transforms an old-fashioned fireplace into an attractive, contemporary feature for the living room.
I want a hole-in-the-wall gas fire but my room has no chimney. What do I do?
If you have no chimney, it is still possible to create the illusion of a chimneybreast that houses a modern, hole-in-the-wall gas fire.
The hole-in-the-wall, balanced flue gas fire can be built into a false chimneybreast that is made of a special heat resistant material. The fire assembly is concealed inside the chimneybreast, with just the viewing window and the interior of the fire visible.
A concentric flue pipe is attached to the top or back of the fire. This replicates the function of a chimney by drawing air from outside the building into the fire chamber for combustion. The fire is ignited by an electronic ignition using a remote control.
So you have a beautiful hole-in-the-wall gas fire that looks like it has been installed in a real chimney.
Will my hole-in-the-wall gas fire work with mains gas or bottled gas?
Most contemporary hole-in-the-wall gas fires can be operated using mains gas or bottled gas (LPG).
If you are living in an area where there is no natural gas supply, you may already have an LPG storage tank in your garden to provide power to other gas appliances, such as boilers or cookers.
If not, your fireplace dealer will be able to supply a tank or large bottle, together with a hole-in-the-wall gas fire that has an LPG conversion kit.
Connecting the hole-in-the-wall gas fire to the LPG supply is just as easy as connecting to mains gas, and you will have a beautiful fire to light up your home in no time at all.
Although hole-in-the-wall gas fires that run on LPG are marginally less energy efficient than those using natural gas, the difference is very slight and will have minimal effect on your household budget.
If I have a hole-in-the-wall gas fire, how can I control the height of the flames?
Modern hole-in-the-wall gas fires are operated using an electronic remote control.
As well as igniting and extinguishing the flames on the fire, the remote controls that accompany DRU fires have a built-in thermostat with a room temperature display.
This allows you to raise or lower the temperature in the room, just like you do when you operate the thermostat on your central heating.
This, in turn, will raise or lower the flames in your hole-in-the-wall gas fire to give you the flame picture that you like the most.
Also available with many DRU hole-in-the-wall gas fires is the Eco Wave app for tablets and smartphones. Among its exclusive features is a graphic display that enables you to set you preferred flame pattern and save on gas consumption at the same time.
Whichever system you use, with DRU hole-in-the-wall gas fires, you are in control!
With my hole-in-the-wall gas fire, will I have to leave the central heating on?
Modern, efficient hole-in-0the-wall gas fires, such as those made by DRU, have sufficient power to heat a large living room without the need for supplementary heating.
When you are choosing which hole-in-the-wall gas fire to buy, you should give your fireplace dealer the dimensions and ceiling height of the room in which it is to be installed.
He or she will then be able to recommend the fire with the most appropriate heat capacity for that room.
So, unless you are heating a castle or mansion, you should be4 able to turn off the radiators in the room and enjoy the comfortable heat generated by your hole-in-the-wall gas fire.