As more people choose apartment living as a way of life, so too do those people want to create a traditional homely ambience in their dwellings. “People often relate having a fire as an element of a freestanding home,” Escea’s architectural advisor Richard Miller says. “It’s something that hasn’t always been possible in high density living situations but it is an important part of creating that homely feeling.”
It’s not just about creating a relaxed ambience though, Richard says. “Because more people are investing in apartment living long term, more money is being spent on apartments and that means they have higher specifications and more elements than were being incorporated previously.”
In the case of fires, apartment living means that woodburners aren’t a possibility, which means gas fires are a sought-after option. Until recently though, technology has meant that there were various restrictions around gas fires in apartments. “With the latest technology we have developed, it means gas fires are an option in almost all situations and they are easy to install,” Richard says.
“With older gas fires, they tended to have a basic vent, which meant the flue would take out the hot combustion gases as well as drawing in cool outside air to feed the combustion process. It was done that way simply because there was no other way, and it meant that flues needed to be vertical and go out through the ceiling because they were using the natural convection of heat to draw the gases out.”