Alex Hodge, lead designer with fireplace maker Escea, talks 
heating with gas


Alex Hodge, lead designer with fireplace maker Escea, talks 
heating with gas

What are the benefits of gas heating?

Heat, ambience and beauty at the touch of a button – what’s not to love about gas fireplaces?

Gas fireplace design has come a long way and the modern gas fireplace gives you 5-star efficiency, an authentic-looking fuel bed and flame display and a sleek, minimalist look that can be installed in more places than a wood fireplace. They are also affordable to run.

How do you choose the right size of heating appliance for the space?

You want to get a fireplace with the right kilowatts for your space. As a guide, we say you need 1kW of heat per 10 square metres.

If you are building or renovating, what are your key considerations when it comes to heating?

First, look at the star rating: the more, the better. Secondly, go for a glass-fronted gas fireplace, not open-fronted. Lastly, look at the flue system (chimney).

Go for a ‘direct vent system’ as these units use a fan to both bring air from outside into the fire box and expel exhaust back out.

Where can a gas fireplace be installed?

The flues can run up to 40m in any direction, with multiple bends and turns – so the question should be, ‘Where can’t it be installed?’ Multi-level apartments are even possible with new technology.

Can you convert a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace?

Yes. Our smallest model, the DF700 gas fireplace, has smaller dimensions, allowing it to retrofit into existing cavities and replace wood burners.

The new flue can run up the chimney and original features can be restored.

Visit to explore the range of beautiful fireplaces.


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