should be chosen with expert advice to comply with
Building Regulations. Whilst attractive looking, basket
fires are very inefficient and demanding on flue
capacity. Few people, even gas fitters, are aware of the
serious restrictions regarding the size of fireplace
opening imposed by these fires. To install a basket fire
into a modern house with a typical 8" dia.
clay-lined flue, the maximum fireplace opening allowed
will be less than 500mm (20") square. Not the
spacious inglenook people are invisaging! Additionally,
whether gas or woodburning, they need a huge amount of
ventilation, usually in the form of a large airbrick
through the wall. These fires are so troublesome that we
will not install them. If the customer still wants one
despite our advice, we will sell them one but they have
to find their own installer.