Gas fire hearth advice

Are there any gas fitters here who can advise on the legal requirements for a hearth for our gas fire.

The fire is wall mounted and the bottom of it is 60mm above a carpeted concrete floor, bottom of the gas burners is around 200mm from the floor but hard to say for sure. I'm pretty confident I need a hearth which extends 12 inches to the front and 6 inches to each side of the fire but don't know how thick it needs to be, google is giving me contradictory info.

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225mm minimum at the front and 150mm minimum at the side. hearth 12mm thick minimum, not all gas fires require a hearth, check your gas fire instructions. see building regs document j paragraph 3.4, download it for free online it tells you all you need to know.

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matthews9479

225mm minimum at the front and 150mm minimum at the side. hearth 12mm … 225mm minimum at the front and 150mm minimum at the side. hearth 12mm thick minimum, not all gas fires require a hearth, check your gas fire instructions. see building regs document j paragraph 3.4, download it for free online it tells you all you need to know.



Thanks, have just looked at the regs, all looks fairly clear. We don't have the instructions for the fire, it came with the house when my partner bought it 15 years ago.

spoo

Thanks, have just looked at the regs, all looks fairly clear. We don't … Thanks, have just looked at the regs, all looks fairly clear. We don't have the instructions for the fire, it came with the house when my partner bought it 15 years ago.



​so have u been using it for 15 years then if nothings gone wrong it's probably all good.

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MynameisM

​so have u been using it for 15 years then if nothings gone wrong it's p … ​so have u been using it for 15 years then if nothings gone wrong it's probably all good.



It probably is, the reason for getting a hearth is we'll be moving house later in the year and I think for the type of fire we have a hearth is now a legal requirement, it looks a little like this one: http://www.daveanderson.org.uk/photos/gasfire.jpg

If I've got it wrong and we don't need one after all that's great, it'll save us a few quid but I think the fact it's only 60mm above the floor means it should really have one.


Edited by: "spoo" 19th Feb

spoo

It probably is, the reason for getting a hearth is we'll be moving house … It probably is, the reason for getting a hearth is we'll be moving house later in the year and I think for the type of fire we have a hearth is now a legal requirement, it looks a little like this one: If I've got it wrong and we don't need one after all that's great, it'll save us a few quid but I think the fact it's only 60mm above the floor means it should really have one.



​so u mean like for tenants when they move in to ur house then I see. these regs seem pointless if it's ur own house it's fine no annual gas checks etc but for tenants it all needs be done.

You should still have all appliances checked and serviced yearly whatever the situation.
If there was an issue your gas engineer should have flagged it up to you.
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