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Old 10-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Wood vs gas burning fireplaces

We have a gas fireplace at our home (no plumbing lined and no NG available in the whole county ). We bought this house in February. Built in 1995. I realized it was a gas burning fireplace after about two months of using it with wood. It has a 1" thick Faux mason lining and a sheetmetal type of tubing for the heat/smoke/exhaust. You can clearly see on the faux mason sheets two portholes waiting to be popped out for the NG piping. The gas fireplace was never used prior to us (I could eat off of the piping).

How do I determine if it is safe to use wood in this fireplace? I've already used it plenty this year and everything seemed fine...however that doesn't mean I'm not on the brink of burning the place down.

Any tips or knowledge on this issue? What about retrofitting? Some have mentioned that all you need to do is install heavy duty metal piping vs what is currently there (again, maybe I already have that???)....others are saying you need a mason to build a mason fireplace all the way ($10-20k).
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contact a fireplace store, creosote buildup can catch fire, and a chimney fire is pretty serious.
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Convert to propane?
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I just got a propane gas heater and I don't like the smell but it works pretty good


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Never burn wood in it again, seriously. Convert and be safe.
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Smell? You thinking kerosene?

Propane barely smells at all
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Well I checked the model number with the manufactures website. It's a hybrid unit. It's designed for either wood or gas...just basically whatever floats your boat. So I feel better now.
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