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FAQs: Everything you need to know about gas fireplaces

Not sure how a gas fireplace works, how it is hooked up, or maybe you have other questions? We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about gas fireplaces in these FAQs. If you cannot find an answer to your question here, you are welcome to contact RAIS Customer Service.

How does a gas fireplace from RAIS work?

A gas fireplace from RAIS is hooked up to either bottled gas, natural gas or city gas. The combustion takes place in a fully closed system, with the help of a concentric flue. This is a double-pipe system in which one pipe feeds in air from the outside, and the other sends flue gasses out. This way, the indoor climate is not affected, and therefore there is no requirement as to the amount of air in the room or to the draught in the chimney. The gas fireplace is operated using the factory-supplied remote control or an app.

What models are there?

At RAIS, we have two kinds of gas fireplaces: the free-standing and the built-in gas fireplace. The free-standing gas fireplace can be customised in the same way as our traditional wood-burning stoves. The built-in gas fireplaces come in a wide variety of models and sizes, so you can find one that fits perfectly into your home.

How does the ventilation for a gas fireplace work?

A gas fireplace does not require a chimney like a traditional wood-burning stove – it just needs a ventilation pipe, which is easy to install in practically every room.

Can I get a gas fireplace without ventilation?

No, you cannot. The gas fireplace requires at least one ventilation pipe, which ensures optimal combustion and beautiful flames.

How is the gas fireplace hooked up/installed?

The built-in gas fireplaces can be installed with the help of fire-resistant plates, which can be put together almost any way you like. You cannot hook up the gas fireplace yourself; this has to be done by an authorised gas technician and plumber. You can read more about the installation of gas fireplaces right here.

What rules are there for installing a gas fireplace?

The rules for installing and hooking up a gas fireplace can vary nationally and locally. Always check your national legislation before buying a gas fireplace.

What is the difference between city gas, bottled gas and natural gas?

City gas (propane gas) is a mixture of methane gas and atmospheric air. City gas is delivered to consumers in a city via pipe systems.

Bottled gas (LPG) is a mixture of propane and butane gas. Bottled gas is the same type used for outdoor grills and can be replaced when the bottle is empty.

Natural gas (LNG) consists primarily of methane gas. Natural gas is lighter than air and is considered to be CO2-neutral. Natural gas is delivered through pipe systems across the country.

Does a gas fireplace emit heat?

Yes, it does. In some instances, a gas fireplace can produce more heat than a traditional wood-burning stove. Moreover, it is fast and easy to adjust the heat using the remote control or an app.

Will a gas fireplace affect the indoor climate? Does it smell?

No, a gas fireplace from RAIS has a fully closed combustion system that in no way affects the indoor climate or smells.

How much gas does a gas fireplace consume?

It is difficult to make a general comment on the gas consumption, as it depends on the model, the flame height setting etc. As a rule of thumb, however, a gas fireplace with an 11 kg gas bottle and consumption of 6 kWh will be able to burn for 25.5 hours. When using a gas fireplace as a secondary heating source, you will typically have consumption of about 3 kWh. If the fire burns for about 4 hours a day, an 11 kg bottle will last 12 – 13 days.

Does a gas fireplace pollute?

Gas is a very environmentally friendly source of energy. Gas combustion gives off only water and CO2. That means the impact on the environment is smaller than that produced by an equivalent consumption of electrical energy. CO2 in the air increases through the use of fossil gas types, while biogas is considered to be CO2-neutral. In other words: the more the biogas, the better for the environment. All gas fireplaces from RAIS are approved for biogas.

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