In the late 19th century, homes would find warmth using a gas burner to heat a cast-iron carcass. It’s hard to believe this simple invention would lead us to today’s modern outset gas fires. During the 1980s, manufacturers began experimenting with ‘living flame effect’ models, another way to describe how outset fires produce heat. The combustion efficiency of early models was poor, and the devices came with no safety features. That was until manufacturers like Valor and Flavel made strides in burner development. Now, modern outset gas fires can produce a dazzling flame effect without consuming gas at excessive rates.
How do outset gas fires work?
Outset gas fires work by drawing in air from your room for combustion. They then release gases that, when combined with air, produce a radiant heat output. Typically, this process is hidden behind a panel for safety. Outset gas fires in the UK often have radiant bars, a classic feature of older models that remains popular today.
What are the benefits of outset gas fires?
High heat output
When winter sets in, you'll appreciate the high heat output of this type of fire. Take the Flavel Firenza Radiant HE, for example. This high-efficiency fire has a heat output of 3.8kW and an efficiency of 80.1%, meaning your home will be flooded with warmth soon after the appliance is activated. Outset gas fires are well-known for their impressive heat production and are excellent for keeping you cosy all year round.
Gone are the days of messing with ash and soot. If you lead a busy life, outset fires are the convenient heating option you need. With a quick wipe-down and occasional glass cleaning, your fire will remain a shining addition to your living space. Just remember to schedule yearly maintenance with a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
Modern outset gas fires let you control your comfort. In recent years, manufacturers have heard customers' calls for easier operation and created new models with greater options. You can control heat and ignition with a single rotary motion when you purchase a fire like the Flavel Renaissance Radiant. This top-control electric ignition means you don’t have to worry about pushing down and twisting the ignition to light the gas fire.
Or, you can purchase a gas fire like the Flavel Misermatic Radiant HE, with an easy grip control attachment. This is perfect for homeowners with arthritis or joint problems and allows you to move the control knob with ease.
Safe to use
Modern outset gas fires are much safer than models created in the 1980s-90s. For example, esteemed manufacturers Valor and Flavel equip all their outset gas fires with an Airwatch system: this monitors the presence of a flame and, if extinguished, cuts off the gas supply.
Are outset gas fires easy to install?
Yes, they are!, Your local Gas Safe Registered engineer can usually get your appliance up and running in no time, especially if you had an outset gas fire before.
Are outset gas fires energy efficient?
Outset fires have an efficiency between 70-90%, meaning they’re excellent at minimising heat loss and keeping gas costs low.
Are outset gas fires low maintenance?
Absolutely! Outset fires are known for their low-maintenance nature. Unlike traditional wood-burning fires, there's no need to clean up ash and soot. An occasional replacement of a radiant is all that’s usually required to keep your fire looking its best.