In most cases for a gas appliance as long as the chimney is sound and passes a smoke test, you would not require one. For solid fuel appliances typically any property built prior to 1970 would require a liner. Some manufacturers also recommend using a liner for their product as it can improve efficiency.
Certainly, we work with some of the biggest fireplaces manufacturers including Worcestershire Marble, Caterhams, Elgin & Hall, Aurora to name only a few. All of these can make special sizes fireplaces or hearths etc.
No. Fireplaces, fires and solid fuel appliances need to be installed by qualified and experienced technicians who are both trained and registered with the appropriate professional body. Installation by a non-qualified person may invalidate your warranty and house insurance in the event of incident.
For a gas appliance if the gas input is less then 6.9kW then in most cases you would not need an air vent. For solid fuel appliances, typically if the output is 5kW or less then you would not need any air vent, although there are some exceptions for newer properties and for some appliances.
This varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and ranges from 1 to 15 years dependant on manufacturer. Each manufacturer has their own terms and conditions and it may require certain parts changing each year, appliance servicing, and the guarantee may be parts only after a set time. Please see manufacturers terms and conditions for further details.
If you are looking for efficiency and a saving on your gas bill then glass fronted would be best. However they do cost a little more in the first place and so if you aren’t using the fire that often you may never recoup the cost and so an open fronted fire may be best. Aesthetically, most people prefer open fronted as there is no reflection from the glass.
The type of chimney you have will determine what appliances will be suitable. Typically class 1 chimneys mean you can have any appliance where as class 2 (pre-fabricated / pre-cast flues) mean there will be less choice. Most manufacturers make the type of chimney required very clear in their brochure.
" So pleased with the new gas fire we've had fitted this week from Wirral Fires, the showroom team were helpful and informative. Wirral Fires arranged for my new fire to be fitted by Steve, who did a great job of removing my old appliance and fitting the new, different sized fire and mantle, leaving no mess and of such a good standard that we only need to do a little bit of decorating to finish everything off. "
" After checking with lots of local suppliers, Wirral Fires were able to supply the gas fire I wanted (balanced flue) at the cheapest price. The fitting fee was cheaper than I had been quoted elsewhere. The fitters were amazing - a real credit to the company! They phoned to ask if they could arrive early, worked really hard, and even asked to borrow the vacuum cleaner after to tidy up. They left no mess at all and the fire and surround (I supplied the surround separately) look amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. "
" Had a stove installed last friday from them and I have to say what a wonderful team they have working there. The sales staff really know their stuff and stopped me from making a mistake by buying a stove which would have been too hot for my room. Installers were on time and very neat and tidy. Thanks "
" I just had a fire fitted by Wirral Fires, and it is amazing. The staff there helped me decide which fire was suitable for my house. Mathew the manager even visited my home to make sure what I wanted would fit properly to my chimney. I cant recommend them enough, knowledgeable, friendly people. Thanks everyone involved, all my family and friends have commented how nice it all looks. "
" Had a fire fitted by these guys and they were fantastic. Couldn't recommend them enough. Really clean, explained everything and made sure I didn't have any more questions before leaving. Will definitely use again. "