What is a balanced flue gas fire?

Balanced flue gas fires are energy-efficient glass-fronted room-sealed appliances that take air directly from outside the home for combustion.

ST900 balanced flue gas fire

ST900 Blo'c in Stainless Steel

Typically, they are easier to install and have more versatile siting opportunities – with a choice of horizontal (up and out) or vertical flue runs or a combination of both – to be fitted just about anywhere.

Balanced flue fires are ultimately safer than open appliances working in a chimney, which may become blocked or partially so during its lifetime.

And balanced flue components are usually far less expensive than typical twin-wall factory-made chimneys.

You won’t need additional room ventilation with your fireplace as air for combustion is drawn through the balanced flue system, leaving the room without draughts from an airbrick.

They certainly can be installed just about anywhere. The balanced flue components can be used for a distance of up to 10 metres, horizontally or vertically.

If your home already has a chimney, but which is unsound, there is a Masonry Chimney Conversion kit saving the cost of having the chimney rebuilt or expensively lined.

How will you know if you can have a balanced flue fire? An Urban Fires retailer or the nearest Escea Centre will be able to advise and may also be able to offer a site visit.

See also our Chimney & Flue advisory service

About Urban Fires

Tony Young is a product designer and has more than 30 years of experience in the fireplace industry, amongst them the creation of several significant and innovative new decorative gas fire genres - from the Wonderfire AirFlame ceramic burner of 1984 (which remains in production at Dimplex), the award-winning 1988 Vermont Castings Intrepid gas stove, another UK award-winner the Galaxy Roxy, the Next Design Neon and Brilliant Fires Storm designs, plus multiple award-winners, the current Acquisitions X-FIRES flueless fires range. He writes for industry magazines.
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1 Response to What is a balanced flue gas fire?

  1. john aitken says:

    Hi Tony
    How are you not seen you for a long time, must have been at Harrogate last time we met what 5yrs ago.
    We should be retired Tony getting to old fire the fireplace game, Jim retires this year well part time anyway, will I notice the difference.
    good to see your are still on top off the game
    best wishes John

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