|Quoting UAL747 (Reply 2):|
I've always had and grown up with a gas fireplace, and we just threw regular wood into it.
|Quoting Tugger (Reply 3):|
Yes, a gas fireplace is perfectly safe to burn normal wood in.
HOLD YOUR FREAKING HORSES!!!!
This may be stating the obvious but there are MANY types of fireplaces and the majority of gas ones I've used are NOT meant for wood.
Have you guys ever read a gas fireplace manual? Most of the ones I've read clearly state to NOT use wood. EVER. For a variety of reasons.
Many gas fireplaces do not vent to the outside. So next thing you know is you have a bunch of smoke clouding up inside your house. This is obviously not in your best interests. Also, many are not meant to handle ashes or any debris of any type inside. You could ruin the gas manifold by clogging it up or warping it due to the weight of the log burning over time.
Generally, if you have to tear apart the fireplace (remove latches, metal grills, glass pane, etc) to put in some wood then they are definitely NOT meant for wood. However, if they're of the type built like a traditional fireplace (not one of those commercial plug-in-the-wall types) that are otherwise a normal fireplace with a gas burner, then yes, you can use wood too.
When in doubt, READ THE MANUAL
[Edited 2010-07-28 23:55:51]