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Why should you consider buying a gas or electric fire?

There are several compelling reasons to consider purchasing a stove, whether it’s a gas or electric one. Here are a few key points:

CONVENIENCE – Instantly ignite and enjoy the warmth with the push of a button or remote control, eliminating the need for wood
gathering or ash cleanup.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Focus heat on specific areas, saving energy and potentially reducing your utility bills.

VERSATILITY – Install gas or electric fires in various locations throughout your home, creating a cosy atmosphere and enhancing both comfort and aesthetics.

SAFETY – Eliminate risks associated with open flames, thanks to built-in safety features like automatic shut-off systems and temperature controls.

AESTHETIC APPEAL – Enhance the visual appeal of any room with realistic flame effects, adding warmth and elegance to your living space.

What do I need to consider when buying a new fire?


Assess the space where you plan to install the fire. Consider the dimensions, clearance requirements, and whether it’s suitable for a gas or electric connection. Ensure there is adequate ventilation and that the fire complies with any local regulations or building codes.


Determine the heating capacity you need for the intended space. Consider factors such as room size, insulation, and the desired level of warmth. Check the heat output specifications of the gas or electric fire to ensure it aligns with your heating requirements.


Consider the aesthetic appeal and design of the fire. Choose a style that complements your interior decor and personal taste. Whether you prefer a traditional, contemporary, or modern look, select a gas or electric fire that enhances the overall ambiance of your space.


Check the energy efficiency ratings of gas or electric fires. Look for models with high efficiency to maximize heat output while minimising energy consumption. This can result in cost savings over time and reduce environmental impact.

What’s the difference between gas and electric fires?

Gas and electric fires differ in their operation, fuel source, and installation requirements. Here are the key differences between the two:


  • Utilise natural gas or propane as fuel
  • Produce real flames through combustion
  • Require professional installation and ventilation
  • Offer manual or remote control options
  • Require regular maintenance and cleaning


  • Rely on electricity as the power source
  • Generate flame effects through LED lights or projections
  • Provide flexibility in installation, no ventilation required
  • Offer advanced control options and convenience
  • Have lower maintenance requirements compared to gas fires

Should I choose a gas or elecric fire?

The choice between a gas or electric fire depends on various factors and personal preferences. Consider the following points to help you make an informed decision:


  • You desire a more authentic flame experience with real flames and natural ambiance.
  • You have access to a gas supply line and are comfortable with professional installation and ventilation requirements.
  • You prioritise heat output and want a high-efficiency heating solution.
  • You are willing to invest in regular maintenance and cleaning.


  • You value convenience and easy installation without the need for gas connections or ventilation.
  • You prefer flexibility in placement, as electric fires can be installed in various locations.
  • You seek advanced control options, such as remote control and programmable settings.
  • You prioritise low maintenance and cleaning requirements.
  • You want versatility in flame effects and lighting options.
Consider your specific needs, available resources, installation possibilities, and desired aesthetics when making the decision. It may also be helpful to consult with professionals or visit showrooms to see both gas and electric fires in action.

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Brilliant service from start to finish from Paul and his team installing our log burner and Dennis the plasterer doing a fantastic job!! Ian and the team are very courteous and they provide a great, all round service. We would certainly recommend South Manchester Heating Ltd Chorlton without any hesitation.

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