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Frequently Asked Questions

Gas Appliance FAQs

I currently have natural gas heating but have a solid fuel fireplace; can I get a gas fire?
Yes. Once there is a gas supply in the house, a pipe can be extended to the fireplace. A wide range of gas fire and heating appliances can then be provided to suit the specific situation
I am not living in the town where the natural gas lines run. Can I still get a gas appliance?
Yes. The vast majority of gas appliances including ovens, hobs, stoves, fires and hole in the wall fires can be used by utilising LPG gas. LPG is a liquid gas, which is stored in cylinders outside your house.
What is a flue?
A flue is normally a spherical outlet which carries away the gases from the appliance and discharges them outside. It is normally enclosed in a chimney. A chimney is a more solid and insulated structure made up from metal or other building materials, which contains a flue.
I don't have a chimney or a flue in the room, can I have a gas fire or stove installed?
There is a wide variety of gas fires designed to be installed where there is no chimney in place. These include Flueless units, balanced flued units and fan assisted units. These appliances are suited to different situations and needs and your choice will be affected by heat required, cost, efficiency and style.
What is the difference between conventional flue and balanced flue fires?
Conventional chimneys rely on the natural circulation of heated air to expel the products of combustion up your chimney and can work with either open or glass-fronted fires.
Balanced flues work in conjunction with glass-fronted fires only. Here the appliance is sealed from the room in which it is installed and a concentric pipe system vents directly to outside.  Air for combustion is drawn in through the outer pipe whilst the inner pipe removes the combustion gases to the exterior of your property.
Depending upon the fire selected, the concentric pipe system may exit horizontally through an external wall or vertically through the roof.
Can I put a TV above my fire?
Open fronted gas fires do not create a particularly hot environment on the wall above where they are installed. Accordingly, it may be possible to install a plasma or LCD TV above them as long as the TV is a minimum distance of 450mm from the top of the fire and you have checked the TV manufacturer's installation instructions with regard to installation and heat proximity.
If in any doubt, it is essential to check with the TV manufacturer.
You should not put a TV above a glass fronted fire. Glass fronted fires emit more heat than open fronted fires and this can damage a TV mounted directly above.
Should I have any type of inspection done to my gas appliance after installation?
Yes. We recommend annual service of all your gas appliances by a qualified serviceperson . This will ensure that your appliance is functioning properly.
Can I install a gas appliance myself?
Installation of our products must be done in strict accordance with national building codes, RGII specifications and the manufacturers installation manual. We recommend that our products be installed by a qualified gas fitter who is a RGI, Bord Gais or Calor gas approved installer.
How safe are gas appliances?
Today, gas appliances are very safe. Gas appliances must undergo extremely rigorous testing to ensure safety. When buying a gas appliance, deal with a reputable outlet and check that the appliance carries the CE mark. (Confirmation that the Appliance is suitable for use in Ireland).There are also stringent regulations concerning the installation of gas appliances, again it is vitally important that the installer is approved and competent.