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The Homeowner’s Guide to Installing a Gas Fireplace: a Step-by-Step Process

This modern home showcases a bespoke gas fireplace, the Eastside Euro, by Living Flame as a hero focal point to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the living room.

A contemporary living room featuring a gas fireplace and a sleek TV structure

If you want to add warmth, ambiance, and value to your property, consider installing a gas fireplace in your home. Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading an existing one, a gas fireplace can be a wonderful addition to any living space. This ultimate homeowner’s guide will walk you through the process, from start to finish.

Step 1: Find the perfect location

To begin installing a gas fireplace, choose the right location for it. Consider the size and layout of your room, the direction of the fireplace, and the overall aesthetic of your home. Ideally, locate the fireplace in a central area where everyone can enjoy it.

Step 2: Pick the right type of gas fireplace

Several types of gas fireplaces are available, including traditional vertical flued, direct vent, vent-free, and power flued fireplaces. Choose the type that suits your preferences.

Step 3: Check if permits are needed

Check if a permit or consent is required before proceeding. Gas fireplaces usually don’t require consent or permit, but the building work around the fireplace may require consenting.

Step 4: Get the area ready

Once you have any necessary permits, prepare the area for your new gas fireplace. This may involve removing any existing fireplace, framing the area, and running the necessary gas lines. Your builder and gas fitter can assist you with this process.

Step 5: Install the gas fireplace

After preparing the area, install your new gas fireplace. Connect the gas lines, install the venting system, do any electrical work, and mount the fireplace in the correct location. Again, use your builder and gas fitter to help you with this process.

Step 6: Test and inspect

In the Auckland region, Living Flame offers a free “final inspection service”. This checks the fireplace’s performance and aesthetics. We want you to have the most beautiful flames! After installation, have a professional inspect the gas fireplace to ensure it meets local building codes and safety regulations. Then, test the fireplace to make sure it’s working properly. Your gas fireplace should be fully installed and inspected now.

Step 7: Enjoy

Finally, sit back and enjoy your new gas fireplace. A gas fireplace can add warmth, ambiance, and value to your property, whether you’re watching a movie or enjoying a cozy night with friends.

Installing a gas fireplace may seem complicated, but with our guidance, and the help of a professional contractor and careful planning, you can have a beautiful new addition to your home in no time. Choose the right location, the right type of gas fireplace, and the right contractor, and you’ll enjoy your new gas fireplace for years to come.


If you’re not sure which gas fireplace would be the best fit for your home, or where to install it for optimal comfort and safety, feel free to send us an inquiry. We’re always happy to assist you and provide guidance based on our expertise. Don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help! You can contact us by filling out the form on our questions and inquiry page.