Although you love your wood-burning fireplace for its traditional fire, you are tired of the chores of bringing in wood from the storage shed and cleaning up the ashy mess left behind. You also may be concerned about the creosote deposits and pollution caused by wood smoke. You dream of having an instant, clean-burning flame with no cleanup involved. Old Hat Chimney can make your dream a reality by converting your wood-burning fireplace to a gas appliance. To help you with making this fireplace fuel change, we would like to tell you about the options you have with this conversion as well as a few tips from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
GAS FIREPLACE OPTIONS
One of the easiest ways to convert your wood-burning fireplace to gas is to install gas logs. You have two choices when it comes to selecting these logs:
- Vented Gas Logs — Also known as “yellow flame” logs, these gas logs require a chimney for venting. Often mistaken for a wood-burning fire, vented gas logs provide a realistic-looking, beautiful flame. Old Hat Chimney sells gas logs that look almost exactly like real wood. Made from refractory ceramic or cement, these logs are constructed with great attention to detail with knots and craggy bark added to look even more realistic. You can even choose what type of wood appearance you would like, including driftwood, oak, and other species. Vented logs, however, do generate soot and carbon, so you will have to sweep up sooty remains and have your chimney swept annually. v
- Vent-free Gas Logs — These gas logs are also referred to as “blue flame” logs because of its blue flamed fire, which is not as realistic as a fire from vented gas logs. However, vent-free gas logs provide more heat and burn cleaner with no ashy, sooty mess. We can install these logs in a fireplace with the damper closed or in a firebox cabinet that has been approved for installation without a chimney. This means you can have a fireplace even if you don’t have a chimney! The drawback to vent-free gas logs is the possibility of negatively affecting the air quality in your home if burned for a prolonged period of time, although you can trust Old Hat Chimney to be sure your vent-free logs are properly installed and safe to use.
Gas Fireplace Inserts
If you want to give your fireplace a new look, you may want to choose a gas fireplace insert to install into your existing wood-burning fireplace. These inserts provide a greater heat output than gas logs, and you can find inserts that look exactly like a wood-burning fireplace. Professional installation from Old Hat Chimney is a necessity as improper installation can cause serious problems, such as carbon monoxide leaking into your home.
Stand-Alone Gas Fireplaces
For those who do not have a fireplace in their homes, there are entire fireplace cabinet enclosures that includes logs and a mantle that can be installed anywhere in your home. Another plus to these gas fireplaces is they are less expensive than wood-burning appliances.
No matter which option you choose, you need to have gas heating appliances installed by a professional and experienced gas installer, such as our technicians at Old Hat Chimney. For safety reasons, you should install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially if you are using gas logs. Also, just because these gas-fueled fireplaces seem to be relatively maintenance free, you still need to have your chimney swept and inspected at least once a year.
Need more information about converting your wood-burning fireplace to gas? Contact Old Hat Chimney today, and we are glad to answer any questions you may have about this fuel change.