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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 639 times:

The home I bought came with a gas fireplace. It has the gas burner with 'fake' logs (I'm guessing made out of lava). The fire is real, but its not from burning wood. So it throws off very little heat. You have to sit on the hearth to feel the heat at all. Anyway, for this reason, I want to convert it to a traditional wood-burning fireplace. I did the 90-second search and only found how to convert wood-burning to gas (???). Does anyone know anything at all about this? Ideally, I'd like to use the gas line as a starter. It has a full chimney, flue and seems to be be configured for a genuine fire. Anything I should check or look out for? I need links if possible.


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 616 times:

"I did the 90-second search"

This one is going to stick, huh? You've just made my day!  Big thumbs up Is that a tear of joy in my eye?... nah...

Anyways, in return, here's what I came up with:

http://www.hgtv.com/HGTV/project/0,1158,BDRE_project_8765,FF.html

I hope this is what you meant.


LY744.



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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 609 times:

Your most likely going to have to build a chimney if you want to burn real wood.

-Peace In-
174th


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 603 times:

When you don't know for sure whether or not your house will burn down, I'd call in a professional. Seriously.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 596 times:

LY744, that link is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! Thanks, bro!

174thfwff, actually, the flue and chimney already exist. So I should be all set.

Mls, I do intend to have a pro verify that the current fixtures are good for wood-burning. I'm pretty sure it is. Afterall, even though fueled by natural gas, the fire is real fire. But I do want to be certain to avoid burning my house down.



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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 584 times:

Glad I could help! Good luck with the project.  Smile

LY744.




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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 580 times:

I would reccomend getting a new fireplace completely. Gas fireplaces don't usually have enough room inside for all the wood.

But every situation is different. Call a professional.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 581 times:

I was almost going to tell you you're going to kill your entire family until I saw you have a full chimney  Smile Most of the new fireplaces just have a vent to the outside wall.

User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 575 times:

Also if you choose NOT to get a professional to at least look at it, call your local fire department (not by 911, duh) and ask if someone will come over and take a look at it. They could tell you if it is sound or not. Our fire department asks the people of the town to just because we would rather go and visit when it's a calm situation, not when it's a signal 99 and the house is completely aflame.

-Peace In-
174th


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 562 times:

You are probably going to have to replace the whole unit chimney and all.

I would almost be willing to bet that you are going to have to replace the gas chimney with a larger diameter one.

A lot depends on which stove you decide to get.



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