Nothing is more comforting, or says “winter” better that coming home to a crackling fire in the fireplace, with the warm glow of the flames illuminating the house in a welcoming light. That is, until it comes time to clean out the ashes, clean the fireplace grate and burning surfaces, haul in the wood (after having either split it oneself, or having bought a load of wood for an exorbitant amount), lay the fire, light the fire, open the window to let out the smoke because it didn’t catch the first time, so forth and so on.
Still, if one wants to use a fireplace, but does not want to have to go through the hassle of using wood, it is possible to have a fireplace converted from a wood-burning one to one that uses either natural or propane gas. The heat will still be there, and some units are designed so that there are flames, rather than radiant coils, such as those on space or wall heaters.
A wood fireplace can be turned into a gas one through the installation of an insert designed for wood-to-gas conversion. These units have a chamber that allows for the lighting of the permanently attached “logs”, which are made from ceramic or other type of material. The whole thing is protected by a glass front.
The gas insert must fit the fireplace where it will be installed. If the wood-burning fireplace was originally installed in the home, one will need to ascertain what brand it is or who was the manufacturer. Only then will one be able to find a compatible gas conversion insert unit.
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