What is the difference between a gas fire and a gas heater?

In the past it was the case that gas fires were mainly used for atmospheric and supplementary heating. When heat supply was the main goal, preference was given to a gas heater. This distinction has been eliminated in recent years. DRU gas fires are not only very atmospheric, but also offer you an excellent and efficient source of heat. Thanks to various innovations, contemporary gas fires offer you optimum control and ease of use: a suitable gas fire exists for every room and every heating requirement. The gas fires of today are not only a valuable addition to your interior in terms of aesthetics and atmosphere, but also an efficient way to heat your home, whether in combination with other heat sources or on their own.

Benefits of gas fires and gas heaters

Both gas fires and gas heaters offer many attractive advantages.


Both gas fires and gas heaters are very user-friendly. Very little maintenance is required. It is important, however, to carry out this maintenance at the right time. The main advantage is that you can simply switch on a gas fire or gas heater, nowadays with the help of a remote control, tablet or smartphone.

Low emissions

The combustion of gas produces far fewer particles than other fuels. In addition, DRU gas fires have been developed so that emissions are kept to a minimum. This will not cause a nuisance to your environment.

Highly efficient

When purchasing a gas fire or gas heater, you can see exactly how efficient your intended appliance is from the energy label. More information about the energy label can be found here.

Simple installation

A closed combustion system is currently the most common. The balanced flue system can easily pass through the wall and can therefore be achieved in most homes. In many cases, an existing flue can also be used.

Different types of gas heaters

If you opt for a gas heater, you can choose between two different types: a suspended or a freestanding gas heater. A freestanding gas heater is separate from the wall. You therefore have a lot of freedom with regard to the position you choose. This type of heater is also called a chimney stove. The heat from a freestanding stove can radiate on all sides. Moreover, this type of stove often gives you a cosy view of the fire. Suspended stoves are also referred to as wall heaters. This type of stove is purely for heating. There is no view of the flames.

The possibilities of gas fires

Gas fires can be classified into three different types. Each type has its own advantages and possibilities.

Freestanding gas fires

A freestanding gas fire is slightly more flexible: if you ever want a different gas fire, replacing this type of fire is easier and cheaper.

Suspended gas fires

With a suspended gas fire, the floor remains free, which creates a spacious effect. The heat can radiate in all directions. This makes a fire of this kind very suitable for large, open spaces.

Built-in gas fires

Many gas fires can be built into a chimney or against another wall in the house. If you like a sleek finish, completely tailored to your interior, a built-in gas fire is a good option.

Gas fires are unique due to the large number of options for the fire view. A view of the fire from two sides, three sides or a tunnel view, even between different rooms in your house is possible. Moreover, with specific innovations for built-in gas fires, such as the DRU PowerVent®, you can also have a gas fire installed in places where this was not possible before.

If you still have doubts about whether a gas fire or a gas heater is the best choice for your situation, visit a dealer to explore further. The dealer can also tell you more about the different types of gas fires and gas heaters.

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