Do you have a gas fireplace but long for the crackle of a traditional wood-burning fire? Or do you have a wood-burning fireplace that sits largely unused because of the hassle it takes to build and maintain an inefficient wood fire? You don’t have to deal with your current fireplace any longer; you can convert your fireplace from gas to wood, or from wood to gas!
Converting your gas fireplace to a wood-burning fireplace
The process of converting your gas fireplace to a wood-burning fireplace hinges on the type of gas fireplace you have. If you have an open-hearth fireplace with gas logs, it could be as simple as capping the gas line and making sure the chimney is in good working order and ready for a wood-burning fire. If you have a prefabricated gas fireplace that was installed directly into the home, however, the process could be more extensive. That would involve the removal of the existing gas fireplace and the construction or installation of a new wood-burning fireplace in its place. The good news is that if a gas fireplace already stood on the spot, there is likely room for the hearth and a spot for the proper ventilation of your new wood-burning fireplace.
Converting your wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace
Usually the process of converting a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace is much easier. An open-hearth fireplace can be fitted with a gas fireplace insert. Or, the fireplace can be fitted with a set of vented or ventless gas logs. Obviously, a gas line will need to be run to fuel your new gas appliance. You might also consider other conveniences, such as having your new gas fireplace wired to a switch or to a thermostat to help control the burn of the fire as it relates to the temperature of your home.
Your fireplace conversion and your chimney
Converting your fireplace fuel type isn’t only about your fireplace; it’s also about your chimney. Chimneys generally are designed to deal with a specific fuel type. When you have your fireplace fuel type changed, your chimney will need to be inspected to see if it will function safely with your new fireplace. The chimney may need to be relined, or a new chimney may need to be installed to properly vent your new fireplace.
Schedule a consultation today!
If you are ready to explore the possibility of converting your gas fireplace to a wood-burning fireplace or your wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace, call the fireplace experts at Fluesbrothers Chimney Service today! We can inspect your existing fireplace and make recommendations for the type of fireplace that’s right for your existing hearth. We could have you enjoying your new wood-burning or gas fireplace this winter!