I'm looking for information on the options in converting a wood
fireplace into a gas-fueled fireplace, primarily for heat. There is a
gas line to the fireplace already and a gas insert in the garage.
Local vendors have told me various things...some will not work with
the gas-insert unless it is bought from their company (they claim
legal reasons, but since others have been open to look at it I wonder
if that is true), others are open to take a look at the current
configuration and provide options.
I've read a little about vented/ventless and other things about gas
logs...I have a local company coming out to assess the situation.
What questions should I ask and what are indications of a quality
I would never consider a gas log as a reasonable method of heating.. More
for effect than for effeciency..
Anything do on an open hearth is a waste of fuel, going up the chimney..
A true insert would help since they are suppose to be designed to capture a
higher percent of the btu that might go up the chimney.. Some of the
fireplace inserts will have heat radiating baffles and blowers to circulate
the room air around the fire box.. Some are designed for wood and others for
Visit a reputable gas insert dealer and ask about an insert that is truly
for efficient heating. It should be of an approved type for the sake of
safety. I think it is HUD that has this approval responsibilty, if not it
may be UL or something. I would look at the label on my free standing
fireplace but it is too hot to look on the back. Hehhehe!
On 29 Oct 2003 16:21:28 -0800, tom email@example.com (Dave) wrote:
Don't rule out a wood burning insert. Amazing how much heat they can
produce. Not to mention with the price of gas going up and the always
possible interruption of availability, having a true backup source for
heat is something nice to have.
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