Recreating the elements: the future of gas fires

The flames in most standard gas fireplaces originate from a single, horizontal source, which creates flame patterns that are clearly man-made. While many of these fires still create a certain level of ambience, achieving a fire that is as close to an open fire or wood burner as possible is hard to do.

For many, the reason behind incorporating a gas fireplace into the home is to create the ambience of natural flames. With the most advanced gas fire technology, that desire has become much more easily attainable with fires that are closer than ever to the real thing.

North American fire manufacturers Regency released the first model in their Greenfire Series about four years ago, and have recently released two new models, including a double-sided see-through model.

“These fires incorporate a moulded ceramic ember bed with either an artistically-designed ceramic driftwood log set or a full bed of shimmering crystals and volcanic stones to create that really realistic flame pattern,” Aber’s Nicki Luxton says. “In comparison to many gas fires, this is a really unique point of difference. Achieving that glowing ember bed adds to the realism of the fires, while the driftwood logs or stone settings complete the ambience.”

Aber has been exclusively importing the Regency Greenfire Series into New Zealand for about four years, and the company has seen a steady growth in the specifications of the range because of their realism, but also because of their efficiency as a heat source.

The Greenfire range models are all glass-fronted fires, which were specifically designed for the Australasian market with heat efficiency in mind. “They provide a quick heat, with a fan to circulate and provide an even temperature,” Nicki says. A thermostat controls the heat output and can be set to a timer or a certain heat depending on the user’s preferences.

The latest addition to the range, the GF1500 model, allows designers to specify the fire as a way to artfully separate two areas, and simultaneously provide an efficient heat source to two rooms of the home. “One side can be turned off while the other is working, which means you can choose what areas to heat according to the way the home is being used, which allows for another level of efficiency.”

For many traditional gas fires, the flames are directly linked to the heat output, which means if the desired heat is lowered, the flames will lower accordingly. “Another real point of difference with these fires is that the heat output and flame size are not linked, so you can turn the heat down, but the flames will still remain high, allowing for that continued ambience,” Nicki says.

Up to two heat distribution kits can be linked to each fire to transfer heat to other parts of the home, while the heat output and settings are run by remote control.

“These fireplaces are truly contemporary. They’re finished with reflective black enamel panels that draw those around it closer to the fire,” Nicki says.

The Greenfire Series offers two size options, either the GF900 model, or the wider GF1500 model, which is available in either single or double-sided. Suitable for new builds or renovations, these landscape fires are a truly contemporary addition to the home.

To find out more about the latest in gas fire technology, get in touch with Regency on ArchiPro here.