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Gas fires provide a very convenient solution when it comes to heating your home in the winter months. But as with any gas appliance, connecting and commissioning a fire requires an expert, accredited tradesperson.

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Gas fires give you the best of both – more authentic than an electric fire, and quicker to use than an open stove or wood-burning fire. They also provide full control over how much heat your fire pumps out.

They’re also easy to maintain, and installation is usually straightforward thanks to the versatility of most modern units. You don’t necessarily need a chimney for a gas fire, but if you do have one a new unit can usually be fitted to an existing flue.

High-efficiency gas fires are open or glass-fronted and use a flue to send emissions out of your living room safely, while flueless models are designed to work without the need for a chimney. Depending on the type of fire you’re installing, the process will be slightly different. But at its most basic, gas fire installation follows a familiar set of steps.

If an existing gas fire (or an electric or wood-burning stove) is present, that’ll need to be removed. Depending on your decorative requirements, you may then need to “make good” (repair any damage caused by removing the old unit). You can then have the new fire unit (as well as the hearth and surround if you’re also replacing those) installed – always by a Gas Safe-registered professional. 

That last point is key – the complicated and potentially dangerous nature of installing any gas appliance means you must work with a Gas Safe-accredited professional, even if you plan to do some of the work yourself.

Cost of gas fire installation

You’ll probably be charged a day rate according to the amount of work involved in your gas fire installation. Fees for typical jobs range from:

  • £50-£150 to connect and commission a gas fire.
  • £150-£300 to remove an old gas fire and install a new unit.
  • £80-£150 for an annual gas fire service.

How to install a new gas fire

If your home has a chimney, you’ll need to make sure your flue is suitable for a gas fire. This is one of the many reasons for using an experienced, trustworthy professional on this job. They’ll be able to tell you whether the flue is suitable, or if it needs to be relined. Of course, if you’re opting for a flueless fire, or if you’re going to install an external flue, you can skip this step.

Before you begin considering which type of gas fire you might fit, you’ll need to measure your room. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, there’s a minimum size below which it’s not safe to install a gas fire. The size of the room will also determine where, what size and how many air vents are required. And finally, those dimensions will influence the tolerable maximum and minimum gas pressure of your fire.

Provided your room is big enough and it’s safe to fit a gas fireplace, start by installing air vents. As mentioned above, the size and position of your vents will depend on the room you’re fitting the appliance in. Some high-efficiency gas fires (those using an existing or newly installed flue) might not need air vents, but your heating engineer will be able to advise on this after running the necessary tests. When it comes to air vents, you’ll need a dedicated model designed for use with a gas fire. Opt for a high-quality vent that has an outer cowl. A cheap vent will usually leave you susceptible to drafts.

With your vents sorted, it’s time to decide where your gas fire will go. If you already have a chimney, the answer is going to be fairly obvious. But if you’re newly installing a gas fire, you’ll have a bit more freedom. An external wall, both for the evacuation of gas and a sturdy mount, is usually going to be your best option. After securing the appliance with the supplied wall bracket, a gas line can be run to the inlet point on the fire and connected up. Complete the assembly of the gas fire unit by attaching any fascia or other finishing elements that come with your chosen model.

It’s now time to light the fire and test the emissions to ensure it is operating as required. This is a meticulous task, and if the fire does not meet the exact specification that is stated in the installation guide, your fire must be disconnected from the gas supply and either fixed or replaced.

Types of gas fire

There are a wide range of gas fire types, and the model you choose will probably depend on your home and whether it has a chimney. The four main variations of gas fire are:

  1. High-efficiency (HE) open-front fires – these models are the most common type of gas fire. They have the look and feel of an open stove fire and offer around 75% heating efficiency. As well as convected radiating heat from the fire unit, their pebble or coal fuel-effect stones transmit heat around your room too.
  2. Glass-front HE and outset HE fires – similar in operation to a standard HE fire, these units are glass fronted to help the spent gas travel in the intended direction out of your room. That also means they are more efficient (up to 89%), and they radiate heat to a larger area. The outset variant can sit on a hearth in front of a wall or chimney, rather than being set inside it.
  3. Balanced-flue HE gas fires – the simplest choice for those who want a gas fire but don’t have a chimney or flue. This glass-fronted gas fire has its own flue pipe, which vents through an external wall. This style of gas fire is particularly efficient, and usually fairly compact too – making installation straightforward.
  4. Flueless gas fires – another solution for homes without a chimney or flue, these fires are clean burning, and feature a catalytic converter. This removes the nasty stuff from gas emissions and releases safe air back into the room. Most flueless gas fires are also fitted with Oxygen Depletion Sensors for safety, which turns the fire off if the air quality drops below a certain level.

Gas fires can also be fitted with one of three different controls – a simple top control, a remote control or good old manual operation.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

We’ve not been too subtle about this so far, and we won’t stop now – it’s absolutely crucial that your gas fire installer is Gas Safe accredited. That’s the minimum (and mandatory) requirement from your tradesperson. But it may also be beneficial for them to carry HETAS (solid fuel trade body) or NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) qualifications too.

As well as these certifications, your gas appliance professional should be more than happy to show off their wide range of customer references, and evidence of previous jobs they have completed to a high standard.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Public liability insurance is vital for all work conducted on your home, and it’s particularly important here – with the potential for gas leaks and damage to your property. Make sure your tradesperson holds (and can show you proof of) full public liability insurance.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • What type of gas fire would they recommend, and why?
  • Can they remove your old fire too?
  • Are they Gas Safe registered?
  • Do they also hold HETAS or NICEIC accreditation?
  • Can they offer a warranty on their work?

I have over 25 years experience as a gas engineer and plumber undertaking all aspects of gas and plumbing work no job too big or too small.l am gas safe registered and I am also fully covered with public liability insurance gas boilers fires cookers landlord safety checks gas pipe runs gas leaks radiators toilets sinks baths showers any job you need doing we cover it all

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Reviewed by susan on 12/3/2024

This job threw up a number of challenges and the fire eventually needed replacing but Anthony and his team kept in touch and stuck with me and delivered a great job. Very pleased.

I'm a Gas Safe Registered engineer who strives to provide all aspects of gas engineering including: Gas safety certs Servicing Installation Breakdowns Plumbing I aim to provide a friendly, safe and professional service to all customers.

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Reviewed by Lucy on 20/5/2024

Prompt and reliable. Highly recommend

Gas safe registered Installation service & repair of gas cookers/hobs Gas fires/log burners Combi boilers/water heater/heat only Pipe work alterations and capping Cp12 landlord certificate issued. Radiator replacement Gas meter alterations All work carried out to a high standard at a fair price. Qualified gas engineer

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Reviewed by Philip on 22/5/2024

Gullam was easy to deal with, arrived promptly and carried out the work efficiently. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Often, it is hard to find a plumber near you, particularly in the case of an emergency. Midlands Gas & Plumbing Solutions has been providing trusted, rated local plumbing services in and around Walsall for 15 years, offering reasonable call-out fees and high standards of service. At Midlands Gas & Plumbing Solutions we possess excellent knowledge and experience and are known for our reliability and expertise across all plumbing and drainage services. We are happy to undertake all plumbing jobs no matter how big or small and offer the same high standards to every customer. Whether you are looking for domestic or commercial plumbing services we are happy to help and will provide you with a no-obligation quote. We are proud of the work that we do and to ensure best practice we are members of the following professional body: GAS SAFE At Midlands Gas & Plumbing Solutions we cover most domestic and commercial plumbing services including the following: General Plumbing Power Flushing Water Softeners Landlord Gas Safety certificates Central Heating Maintenance Central Heating Upgrades Underfloor Heating Services Radiator Installation Unvented Systems Hot Water Cylinders Complete Bathroom Renovation Wetroom Installations Leak Diagnostics & Repair Radiator Draining Blocked Drains and Toilets Dripping Taps We know that every customer is different and that you may have questions you want to ask before getting a plumber in. Our team is on hand to help you and will do their best to provide you with the guidance you need to get the job done.

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Reviewed by Sayma on 18/5/2024

Exceptional service from start to finish. Aftab was extremely helpful in advising us what the best options were for us within our given budget, without compromising on the quality of the job being carried out. Aftab gave us a timescale and completed all the work within that timeframe. We are very pleased with the end result and will be definitely recommending Aftab and his team to family and friends.

Hi, I’m Morgan (MMP Gas). I run an established business of 9 years offering all aspects of commercial and domestic gas, plumbing and heating work in the South Wales and the surrounding areas. I provide a professional, reliable and competitive service. I also have lots of contacts within the industry: fire shops and plumbing merchants where I can get good competitive pricing!

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Reviewed by Chloe on 13/4/2024

Very efficient! Would recommend ????

We are a specialist gas boiler servicing and repair company offering bespoke service and care plans. With over 16 years experience our bespoke care plans are designed with customer service as the absolute priority.

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Reviewed by Peter on 14/4/2024

Great service ie Boiler repair and service

FULLY QUALIFIED EXPERIENCED AND INSURED GAS/ HEATING ENGINEER. GAS SAFE REGISTERED. £2MILLION PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE . BOILER, FIRE, COOKER. INSTALLATIONS SERVICE. REPAIR. VENTED AND UNVENTED WATER CYLINDER. LANDLORD CERTIFICATE HIVE INSTALLATION. RADIATORS REPAIR. RADIATORS REPLACEMENT GAS AND WATER LEAK REPAIR. SYSTEM POWER FLUSH

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Reviewed by Jan on 10/4/2024

SWB Heating & Gas services offer all of your plumbing and heating needs, from a dripping tap to a full central heating system and much more. We are a small family run business with customer care at the forefront of everything we do. All jobs are carried out professionally and to the highest standard from start to finish, we will not let you down. Full apprenticeship served in City Guilds Level 2 & 3 in Domestic Gas utilisation installation and maintenance. Domestic Nat. Gas LPG + Building Regulations + Combustion performance gas analysis + Domestic Cookers/hobs + Gas Fire + Gas Boiler + Leisure/Miscellaneous appliances + Gas Meters + Gas installation pipework + Domestic flued range cookers + Domestic tumble dryer + Vented hot water storage cylinders + Gas Water heaters - Asbestos awareness

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Reviewed by Paul on 9/10/2023

Very good job, new boiler and relocated he works fast and efficient very tidy. Booked us in quickly to look at the job quote was quick and boiler in within a month and made sure we knew how to use the whole system before leaving and very friendly

Hi my name is George i have decided to start my own business to give myself better control over the work i do and times for a better work life balance after working for 2 big gas companies in glasgow I have excellent knowledge of all gas and heating mainly full boiler radiator installs to Gas fire installs all appliance servicing undertaken I have just started on this site so doing gas and heating jobs at a reduced rate but with all the experience to build a good rating

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Reviewed by Humphrey on 10/5/2024

I am a gas and heating qualified engineer with many years of experience. I am always honest with my customers. You will not be disappointed in my work !!!

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Reviewed by Dave on 3/3/2024

Responsive, friendly and trustworthy. Just what we all want. Great job, completed at price quoted.

Welcome to Leeds Gas Ltd., your trusted partner for all your gas installation, servicing, and maintenance needs. With years of experience serving the community of Leeds and surrounding areas, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch service and exceptional results. Our team of qualified technicians is dedicated to ensuring the safety and efficiency of your gas systems, whether it's installing new appliances, servicing existing ones, or providing reliable maintenance solutions. At Leeds Gas Ltd., we prioritize customer satisfaction and safety above all else. We adhere to the highest industry standards and regulations to guarantee the quality and reliability of our work. You can trust us to handle all aspects of your gas systems with professionalism, precision, and care. From residential to commercial projects, no job is too big or too small for our team. Whether you're looking to upgrade your heating system, need emergency repairs, or simply require routine maintenance, we've got you covered. Contact Leeds Gas Ltd. today to experience unparalleled service and expertise in gas installation, servicing, and maintenance. Let us ensure the comfort, safety, and efficiency of your property's gas systems.

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Reviewed by samantha on 21/5/2024

Excellent response times, service and communication - would definitely use again in the future. Thank you.

Gas registered engineer, gas boiler, gas cooker, gas fire, unvented cylinder…

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Reviewed by Patrick on 22/4/2024

Very quick response, came same day and sorted it for a good price. Highly recommend

I am a qualified time served heating engineer /plumber with gas qualification .complete heating systems , boiler breakdown repair , servicing and bathroom fitting. Also have have access to other tradesmen who can carry out work along side myself .

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 6/3/2024

Quick response. Good communication throughout. Boiler serviced efficiently. Thanks.

Welcome to CML Plumbing & Heating Ltd, where integrity meets craftsmanship. With a commitment to excellence, we offer a comprehensive range of plumbing services tailored to meet your needs. All aspects of plumbing, gas, heating and air conditioning work undertaken. Our Gas Safe Plumbing & Heating Engineers deliver prompt and reliable solutions. With a focus on professionalism and customer satisfaction, we ensure every job is completed to the highest standard. Contact us today for an efficient, professional, and dependable plumbing service.

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Reviewed by anne on 6/4/2024

40 years repair experience Landlords gas safety, Boiler,Cooker and Fire Repairs and Servicing. Out of hours and weekend calls

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Reviewed by Rebekah on 7/4/2024

My name is Curtis I am new to this platform I have been in the plumbing game 15 years I am gas safe registered feel free to look me up on the register. I am a proud of what I do and what I have achieved, I get great job satisfaction after completing a job stepping back and saying to myself “ iv just done that” I’m honest, tidy, punctual and a very hard worker with a mountain of knowledge to share with my new soon to be customers…..feel free to call me anytime of the day.

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Reviewed by Paula on 2/5/2024

Curtis was on time cleaned as he went along very polite an pulled out all the stops defiantly reckomend

Ultimate Gas Services are a local friendly company that are committed to giving you an outstanding service. From our high quality workmanship, competitive pricing and fully qualified tradesmen. We carry out our work with efficiency and pride and ensuring the customer is always happy. Providing a warm home and hot showers for the people of the West Midlands with over 20 years experience. If you would like us to give you a free obligatory quote then don’t hesitate in giving us a call. We are also accredited installers for a number of boiler manufacturers, giving you 10 year extended warrantys

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Reviewed by Clare on 23/5/2024

In construction for over 35 years fully insured and gas safe registered.

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Reviewed by Glenys on 22/2/2024

Robert got in touch quickly and came out within a couple of days. Very good advice and help.

Hi, I'm Jason & I am the owner of Ollygas. I have over 30 years experience in the domestic gas and heating sector. I am Gas Safe Registered & I am a registered technician with the Institute of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM). I've worked for most of the large utilities company's and for some manufacturers, so I have a pretty good education in all things central heating related.

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Reviewed by Rita on 23/1/2024

Excellent service from Jason at Ollygas, he was quick to provide a quote, always responded to queries quickly and gave me good advice. He arrived on time, was very thorough working through the job, cleaned up afterwards and left my rooms clean and tidy. I also found his quote very reasonable and he stuck to the price he gave me in his quote. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, honest tradesman.

My business covers all aspects of gas work and central heating systems installation and repair Gas work includes full central heating systems , boiler installs and repair , fire replacements and repair and also cookers and hobs installed and repaired Business first established 2002 Cover all north and south Lanarkshire and most surrounding areas

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Reviewed by daniel on 3/10/2023

Kevin arrived at the time he said he would and gave me a text 15 minutes before. The job was completed within the hour and he explained everything as he went. Reasonably priced. Would recommend to anyone needing a gas engineer.

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