Do you trust gas fires?


Postby Dan2071 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:04 pm

I went to a Baxi Main training day a few weeks ago and i was talking to quite a few engineers and pretty much all of them said they dont fit gas fires because there too risky and that they recommend to landlords that it should be taken out and an electric fire fitted.

Does anyone agree with that? I think its total rubbish, Its very rare that i ve found a gas fire to be spilling?

Providing tests are done correctly on date of instal why are they risky?

Does that not just prove incompetence?

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Postby htg engineer » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:43 pm

It does prove incompetence if the fire is installed correctly, and is serviced regularly they don't go wrong.

They will be advising people to fit electric ones as it saves time and money when servicing etc - imagine only servicing combi's, no BBU's or gas fires - what a doddle.

They all have flame sesning and vitiation sensing devices now anyway - so where's the risk.


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Postby Dan2071 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:24 pm

I enjoy doing BBU's, i go to town on them with wire brush etc. What about flueless gas fires? Have you had any dealings with them? The only ones i have seen are fancy ones and the front lifts up like a bonnet, I wouldnt fit one tho
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Postby Steve the gas » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:26 am

NEVER!!!
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Postby AdamsHeating » Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:40 pm

O/F gas fires - yeas
fluesless - NO! - death to all!
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Postby htg engineer » Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:31 pm

I haven't and will never fit a flueless gas fire - i'd rather have and I'd probably recommend an electric alternative they look just as good.

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Postby go-repairs » Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:37 pm

I personally hate all gas fires regardless of flue type. They are often ugly, I prefer electric fires as they look good and are not massively expensive to run.

But then I am in the camp of "only want to service combi's" too.
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Postby AdamsHeating » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:26 pm

I know what you mean when you say "only service combi's".

There have been countless times when I've service a gas fire and it has at least one or two of the following:

no iso valve
gaps around the fireplace so not air tight
no sheath or wrapping on the supply pipe
not fixed down
blatantly not had the cavity cleaned on the last service

It just means a higher cost for the customer to correct the NCS's.

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