Can a wood burning fireplace retrofitted years ago with Ng logs burn
wood by just removing the fake logs and leaving the gas burners inplace.
I would cover the burners wih sheet aluminum. The gas valve is far
enough outside the fireplace front.
The integrity of the chimney may have been adversely affected during
the retrofit or during the passage of time. I would definitely have a
qualified chimney expert (see yellow pages) do an evaluation.
Additionally, the heat from the wood burning may be too much for the
new gas tubing. Be very careful.
Hope this helps,
Builder/Instructor at Emory University
Author of www.renovation101.com
Last gas log I installed I put the black iron pipe low into the fire box.
It was covered with the vermiculite.
You stated the gas valve is outside the fire box. >>>>>>> WAG, if your
fires are small and they do not reach the temp of melting the pipe, probably
Be careful out there.
Interesting thought. I would be concerned about the height of the wood and
the draw of the fire the sheet metal would change.
I guess if you removed the fake logs it would not be a problem providing the
fireplace is set up for wood in the first place.
They sell gas matches for wood fireplaces. Your gas log is not all that
Try a small one and let us know.
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