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Nov 28, 2016
What is involved in switching my fireplace to gas? (time, cost, effort?)
My fireplace could use an overhaul, it is a major focal point in my living room and remains wood burning.

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.

Nov 30, 2016

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. Contact a CSIA certified chimney sweep to help you install. 


Philip Anderson

HDR Remodeling Berkeley Ca

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