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Fireplace Help

Mon Dec 10, 2001 9:13 am

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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RE: Fireplace Help

Mon Dec 10, 2001 9:31 am

"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.


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174thfwff
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RE: Fireplace Help

Mon Dec 10, 2001 10:33 am

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

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RE: Fireplace Help

Mon Dec 10, 2001 11:49 am

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

Mon Dec 10, 2001 1:24 pm

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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RE: Fireplace Help

Tue Dec 11, 2001 2:28 am

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

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RE: Fireplace Help

Tue Dec 11, 2001 3:24 am

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.
 
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RE: Fireplace Help

Tue Dec 11, 2001 3:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Fireplace Help

Tue Dec 11, 2001 5:32 am

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.

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RE: Fireplace Help

Wed Dec 12, 2001 5:28 pm

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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