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How fireplaces have changed to what would be found in homes today.

Jul 7th 2014 at 7:37 AM


Fireplaces have evolved right along with the modern home. Colonial houses were literally built around a massive central hearth and chimney. Victorians had small coal-burning fireplaces for heating rooms, and nearly every post-war 20th century home had a brick hearth anchoring its family room.

Today, gas fires are the standard both for new homes and remodels, and they represent a much bigger evolutionary change in heating systems with a new type of fuel.

Benefits of Having Gas Fires

There’s an armload of reasons why people around the world including are switching to gas fires from wood-burning fireplaces. Some of the main benefits are obvious: convenience, instant start up, no tending, no mess, no expensive wood to buy each year and no municipal burning restrictions. Gas units are also essentially maintenance-free (no chimney sweep), energy-efficient (50% to 99% efficiency compared to 10% to 30% for wood), and clean-burning. But the clincher for most people is the easy installation – a gas fireplace can go pretty much anywhere you can run wiring, a gas line and a metal chimney.

Types of Gas Fireplaces

The three main types of gas fires are log sets, inserts and built-ins. Log sets and inserts convert traditional masonry fireplaces to gas. A log set is a kit with a burner, grate and logs that sit inside the old fireplace, typically using the chimney for venting. Inserts are self-contained units that slip into a firebox. They often have dedicated venting and can offer the same heating and efficiency features of a built-in. Built-ins are the most versatile type and range from large standard units that mimic traditional fires to double-sided through-the wall units to futuristic models that border on wall art. You can also get built-ins for outdoor fires. Most retailers stock some very efficient gas fires with great features and different designs that may add aesthetic value to your homes.

For the people who want to give their homes a modern stylish look, there are some very good gas fires. Here are some examples:

Be Modern Contessa Gas Fire

The Be Modern Contessa Class 1 inset gas fire has a bold, stylish look with clean fronted fret and neatly curved trim giving a strong classical appearance. Plus the contessa is operated via a rotary manual control concealed behind the fret cover. The Be Modern Contessa has an authentic coal fuel bed with a maximum heat output of 3.5 kW. The deep inset gas fire is available in Brass finish and it is used with natural gas.


Be Modern Mayfair Gas Fire

The Be Modern Mayfair Gas Fire is a modern, attractive and particularly elegant fire, suitable for brick built chimneys or pre-fabricated flues. The plus point of this fire is that besides giving a modern look to your home, this deep Mayfair gas fire has a real understated presence too, ensuring it is the ideal centrepiece for all interiors whether traditional or contemporary. It is available in a choice of traditional Brass or a contemporary Chrome finish.

Then there are some very popular and efficient gas fires that may lie in all categories because of their uniqueness and efficiency, such as:

Eko Fires 3020 Inset Gas Fire

Mirror finish cheeks capture the flame picture with an energetic and inviting charm making this one of the most popular fires, especially as the 3020 is suitable for all types, subject to minimum depth requirement of 130mm. Like the majority of the Eko fires range, the 3020 is available in a host of traditional frames and frets or 3 choices of contemporary fascias.

Eko Fires 3021 Powerful Gas Fires

The Eko 3021 is a powerflue or fan flue open fronted gas fire available in a choice of contemporary fascias. Plus it is available in 3 contemporary finishes; Black, Stainless Steel or Brass.

With so many of different types of Gas Fires with each having a unique characteristic in itself, you may feel no difficulty in choosing the best one for you. There are modern, contemporary, traditional and even the ones with mixed characteristics too. All one needs to know is choosing the right fireplace to match their lifestyle and décor.

Stanningley Firesides is a Yorkshire based business specialising in Gas fires and fireplaces.

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