How does Natural Gas Reach your Gas Fire?
Posted on: 6th June 2016
Combining the style and character of a traditional fireplace with the convenience of a readily available mains fuel supply, more and more homeowners are choosing to have gas fires fitted in their homes. The high efficiency of gas fires causes many of us to overlook how the natural gas actually reaches the fire so it can operate properly. Here, we will answer this query, as well as providing advice on what you should consider before purchasing a gas fireplace.
How natural gas reaches a gas fire
Boasting a host of benefits, including high heat output and the ability to remain switched on during a power cut or boiler breakdown, you may have recently chosen to switch to a gas fire. In doing so, what you may not realise is how far the gas has travelled to fuel the fire itself.
Traditionally sourced from reservoirs beneath the North Sea, natural gas travels hundreds of miles to the seven main coastal reception points – also known as beach terminals – where it is delivered by gas producers operating offshore facilities.
However, these supplies are in decline, and it has since been predicted that three-quarters of the UK’s gas will have to be imported by 2030. Importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from all over the world is a cost-effective, secure way of providing the UK with a diverse range of energy supplies.
As such, the Grain LNG terminal located at the Isle of Grain in Kent imports LNG and delivers it by sea, ensuring the high demand for gas supply in the UK is met. This natural gas is then transported to the gas fire in your home via mains pipeline stretching 275,000km.
Before purchasing a gas fireplace
Prior to purchasing a new gas fire or stove, you must carefully consider the suitability of your home; contrary to popular belief, not all properties are connected to mains gas. In actual fact, millions of UK homes – particularly those in rural areas – are missing out on the benefits of having a gas supply installed at their property.
However, if this sounds familiar to you, it does not mean that you cannot have a gas fire or stove fitted in your home, as many models can operate efficiently with liquid gas or propane (LPG). Whilst there should be no variation in efficiency levels, you should check that the fire or stove you have chosen is fully compatible with LPG to ensure it works as it should.
Typically stored in a secure tank outside the property, it’s advised that you hire the expertise of a Gas Safe registered expert when fitting the tank at your property, as improper installation can prove fatal.
Rotherham Fireplace Centre
With over 30 years of industry experience, here at Rotherham Fireplace Centre we offer a comprehensive range of gas fires, including:
When it comes to finding and installing the perfect fireplace, your safety is paramount. As a Gas Safe registered company, you can rest assured knowing that you will receive first rate services and products when coming to us. To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today. Alternatively, you could drop by our showroom on the Eastwood Trading Estate to view some of our products first hand.