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If you want an efficient fireplace, I recommend a full insert (sealed-combustion) that runs a new vent pipe, typically up your existing chimney. Hire a professional installer from a local fireplace company to do this.
There are also options to retrofit a "gas log" in an existing fireplace, but there are several issues with this. Typically, if you have an open hearth without doors that seal tightly closed (with a gasket) then you are going to put more energy up the chimney than actually radiates out into the room.
Each case is unique but in general, the chimney should be done first. Special attention should be paid to the roof flashings around the chimney. If the flashings are behind the stone then make sure they extend far enough into the shingles so the new roof can be flashed properly. If the flashings are surface mounted and there is a counter flashing then the roofer should have no problem making the chimney base watertight
http://www.ncsg.org/ The National Chimney Sweep Quild is a great source for licenced and certified professionals in your area. If they don't do the work, they will know someone in your area who does.
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There are a very wide veriety of gas fireplace inserts.
1. Check with the city to see what you can install. Some cities are now requiring sealed units
2. Do not try runing a gas line by yourself. Hire a licensed plumber to do it.
3. http://www.csia.org/?gclid=CL_Qk-SZ0dACFZBefgodOrUNRA Contact a CSIA certified chimney sweep to help you install.
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