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shawn21263
Gas logs to wood burning fireplace

We currently have a ventless gas log fireplace. It's a newer home with no real chimney outside, just the brick enclosure relative to where the fireplace box is on the inside of the house. Would it be possible to have a functioning chimney constructed so we may convert to a wood burning fireplace? We are displeased with the smell of the ventless gas logs and miss having a real fire.

cold and smelley

bp21901
Re: Gas logs to wood burning fireplace

I agree with you, I never liked the idea of ventless. Regarding a fireplace, It's possible, but impossible to say for certain based upon the info given due to the construction requirements for a masonry chimney.
Would a wood stove with glass doors work for you? Depending on your location, maybe an anthracite coal burning stove with glass doors. These could be vented with a SS double walled chimney (no footer necessary). And they would be far, far more efficient than a fireplace at giving heat to your home if that is a consideration.

rdesigns
Re: Gas logs to wood burning fireplace

[QUOTE=shawn21263;138221 Would it be possible to have a functioning chimney constructed so we may convert to a wood burning fireplace?

The simple change to a different chimney would most certainly NOT allow you to burn wood in this unit.

To be able to burn wood, you have two options:

1) You will have to install a completely different manufactured wood-burning unit together with its matching chimney. This unit will have to be rated for "zero clearance" from adjacent framing, which is what you no doubt currently have surrounding the ventless unit. The brick on the outside is no doubt just a veneer for appearance, and is laid up against wood framing.

2) Have a traditional masonry fireplace built.

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