Converting a Wood Burning Fireplace into a Gas Fireplace? Read this First

Everyone loves the coziness and warmth of a crackling wood-burning fire in the fireplace. As wonderful as wood is, there may come a day when you’d like to convert to gas. It means no more stacking and hauling wood. No more ash to clean up. No more strategy required to start a fire – a remote control or wall switch magically ignite the flames. Gas is convenient. So much so that many people find they “make” more fires and enjoy their fireplace more often after converting to gas.

If you are contemplating converting, consider your options. If you have a standard masonry-built wood-burning fireplace, you have three options:

  • Have a direct vent gas insert installed
  • Have unvented gas logs (a.k.a. room-vented or vent free) installed
  • Have vented gas logs installed

Of the three, a direct vent gas insert most closely replicates the experience of wood-burning. It also provides the most heat, is the safest, and is by far the most energy efficient.

After converting to a direct vent gas insert, expect your love affair with your fireplace to be rekindled. There are many styles and options to choose from – see for yourself here!

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