Replacing a Gas Fireplace With a Wood-Burning Insert
Gas fireplaces offer convenience and ease, but many Indianapolis homeowners find unparalleled quality in a wood-burning fireplace. While wood-burning fireplaces used to be the norm, many modern homes include gas fireplaces. The good news is that you can convert a gas fireplace into a wood-burning fireplace if that is what you want for your Indianapolis home.
Here’s everything you need to know about replacing a gas fireplace with a wood-burning fireplace.
Which Gas Fireplaces can be Converted to Wood-Burning?
Many gas fireplaces can be turned into wood-burning fireplaces, but not every single one can. For a wood-burning fireplace to be possible, you’ll need a proper chimney that’s safe to use with wood. You’ll need the correct venting system to ensure that the smoke can be safely guided out of the home. Only a professional fireplace and chimney expert can tell you if your fireplace is suitable for a wood-burning insert.
The Correct Conversion
For the reasons outlined above, you should not just burn wood logs in your fireplace! That’s a big no. It’s very dangerous to burn wood in a gas fireplace without the correct precautions. You need a professional to convert your fireplace into a wood-burning one.
You’ll need your fireplace thoroughly cleaned and inspected to determine its condition and if it’s suitable for wood-burning. You then may have a few adjustments required to prepare the fireplace and chimney for conversion. For example, the mason may recommend certain chimney repairs, and you’ll need to cap off or convert the log lighter. You’ll also need a fireplace damper and to remove the old gas log kit and install a suitable grate for the wood.
Professional Fireplace Conversion
Many times, fireplace conversion from gas to wood-burning is possible. To know for sure, you’ll need to consult a professional. The experts at the Chimney & Masonry Outfitters of Indianapolis are happy to help you with your fireplace conversion assessment and project.
First, we’ll come to your home and clean and inspect your fireplace/chimney. The inspection will allow us to assess the condition and type of chimney you have and to ultimately determine if you are a safe candidate for converting gas to a wood-burning fireplace. If it’s possible, we will work with you every step of the way to get the wood-burning fireplace of your dreams. If your gas fireplace cannot be safely converted, we can still help you make adjustments and design a fireplace you’ll love.