How a Gas Fireplace is Converted to a Wood Burning Unit

A gas fireplace can provide unparalleled convenience and the pleasure of a warm fire on a cold day, but many people believe nothing compares to the ambiance created by burning wood. The good news for homeowners who have a gas-fueled fireplace but who would prefer a wood-burning fireplace is that converting from gas to wood fuel may be an option.

When is Fireplace Conversion from Gas to Wood Possible?

Not every type of gas fireplace can be converted to wood-burning. When a gas fireplace is built at the time of home construction, it is less likely that a conversion is possible. You will probably need to replace your fireplace completely since the chimney might be suitable only for gas fireplaces which makes unsafe to use with a wood-burning fireplace.

It is extremely dangerous for someone to simply shut off the gas supply and begin using a gas fireplace as a wood-burning unit. It won’t take long to determine that there’s a problem, however, because there will be a huge release of smoke into the home.

Venting systems, the key

An important thing to consider when switching your fireplace type is the venting system. It is much simpler to vent a gas fireplace as compared with a wood-burning fireplace.

The reason for the differences in venting requirements has to do with the type of combustion by products being released by the respective fires. Gas fireplaces release a small amount of by products, by comparison. There is also a great deal more creosote that results from wood fires than what results from burning gas.

Actually, when a wood-burning fireplace is converted to gas, the chimney can be damaged by the corrosive substances and acids caused by burning gas. In every circumstance, it’s essential that the chimney is evaluated to ensure that it’s the right fit for the appliance it’s connected to. Installing a stainless steel flue of the correct dimension is usually an adequate solution.

How Does Conversion Work?

Parts need to be ordered, in making a conversion from a gas to a wood-burning fireplace. Next, the gas logs are removed and the gas line is capped off or converted to a gas log lighter. If the flue is already in good shape for the conversion, the process may only cost up to $300 or as little as half that much.

The Importance of Annual Inspections

Scheduling annual inspections and maintenance is an important step toward your safety. Having your chimney and fireplace evaluated by a professional chimney technician annually is the best way to avoid hazardous fires. Chimney technicians keep a lookout for creosote, which is highly flammable. Experts can also evaluate whether or not damage has occurred to the flue, which always requires repair or replacement of the chimney lining.

If you like the idea of converting your fireplace, but wood does not fit with your lifestyle, an electric fireplace might just be what you need.

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Mechanicsville

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

(804) 730-3800

Roanoke

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

(540) 342-6787

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10 Responses

  1. how much does it cost to convert gas to wood. Also have gas capped off and fireplace cleaned? An estimate
    • We Love Fireplaces and Grills
      Thanks for your comment and question. To find out the real cost of converting, we need to have someone look at your current fireplace. Not all fireplaces can be converted. I would encourage you to locate the closest Expert to your home using this link: https://welovefireplacesandgrills.com/dealer-locator/ All the best!
  2. Hi I have a Jetmaster Heat & Glow gas log heater . If I get the gas line capped can I burn wood in the fire box. Any help would be appreciated. Hartley
    • Isabelle Paradis
      Hello Hartley Thanks for reaching out. The straight answer to your question is ‘no’. Your gas fireplace itself and its chimney were not designed to contain and handle a wood fire. All the best! Dominique
  3. Eva
    I want our gas fireplace to be converted to wood burning fireplace. My fireplace was built same time as when our house was built. I read a lot of danger converting it. But I still want to consult Pls let me know who I should contact here in Dayton Ohio thank you
    • Katia Lavoie
      Thanks for visiting our site and for your comment. Converting to Wood from Gas calls for a complete change of chimney and fireplace. It is best to get a professional to look at it. We do not have an affiliated store in Dayton. Our closest to you would be in Columbus, or in St. Henry, or in Erlanger (Cincinnati area) Please our store finder tool: https://welovefireplacesandgrills.com/dealer-locator/ Thanks again for contacting us! Dominique
  4. I purchased a home that originally had a wood burning fireplace but, was converted to gas. looks like an insert was installed n the flew was locked closed. What would I need to do other than removing the insert and replacing the fire box?
    • Dominique Page
      Hello Robin Thanks for your message. You have have several options, depending on what you really want and the budget. If you want to redesign the whole fireplace wall, the insert and the fireplace can be re-done. Then you can choose to go wood or gas. That type of prroject in scope will require a more significant investment, but it may end up being the one that ads the most return on investment to your home. You might be able to have the insert pulled and then convert back to wood, depending on the state of your existing chimney. That could be the least expensive option. The best advice we can share is to have a local fireplace expert come in and assess the options with you. We probably have a We Love Fire partner near you. Check out on our store finder tool. All the best!
  5. I purchased an old home (1918) that has a wood burning fireplace. It seems that the previous owners tried to convert it to gas, but not with an insert or kit. The gas line is piped to the faux logs, but there is no metal liner or flue. If I wanted to convert the partial gas install back to the original wood burning fireplace, what professional do I need to hire? Is it as simple as capping/removing the gas line, assuming my masonry chimney is in good working order and not damaged by corrosive substances/acids from burning a gas fire without a liner?
    • Dominique Page
      Hi Lindsey Thanks for your message. The best person to hire is a fireplace expert. They will be able to perform an inspection on your chimney and confirm if you can convert back to wood or not. Take a look at our <a href="https://welovefire.com/dealer-locator/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">store finder</a> tool. All the best in your endeavor!

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