I have a fully functional brick faced and lined, wood burning fireplace. It
and my house were built in 1960 and I am going to convert it to a gas-fired
log setup. Natural gas is in place. The existing fireplace is in excellent
condition; brick hearth and stone floor adjoins it.
I don't particularly like the looks of the setups found in the home stores.
I am looking for a system that will present the most realistic look while
still functioning to provide heat. If there is a tradeoff, look wins out,
as this is a secondary heat source.
Who makes the best on the market? Should it be vented or not? What
considerations should I be making? I see remote controls, thermostatically
controlled units and other bells and whistles, are there any I should avoid?
Any installation tricks to make it look better? I noticed a few places speak
of layering materials to make an appearance of ashes, some even glowing with
traces of fire, any comments as to what works best for that?
As you can see I am just cracking the shell on this one and really need some
help from someone who has been there and done that.
Roger in Abilene.
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