The warmth, coziness and ambience created by a natural wood burning fireplace is tough to beat. That is, until you get tired of cleaning out the fireplace then buying or collecting firewood, chopping, stacking, and the additional work involved in fueling your fire. For many homeowners the solution has been to convert their wood burning fireplace into a much cleaner and easier to maintain gas fireplace.
With a gas fireplace there is no more strategy involved when starting your fire. The fire can be lit magically with a remote control or a wall switch and you can even control the intensity and heat output of the flame.
Worried about how it will look? Don’t, there are many, many options when it comes to gas fireplaces designs, custom hearths and mantles, different log sets and more. No matter what type of space you’re trying to heat with a new gas fireplace there will be many solutions available.
If you are thinking about converting your standard masonry-built wood burning fireplace to a gas model then you really only have 3 options.
- Install a direct vent gas insert
- Install a vent free gas fireplace
- Install vented gas logs
Out of these three available options it’s the direct vent gas insert that will give you the closest match to a wood burning fireplace. Direct vented gas inserts will also provide the most heat and are usually the safest most efficient models as well.
Sierra West Construction is a full service fireplace and chimney contractor based out of Marin County. We specialize in converting old wood burning fireplaces into much newer, more modern gas fireplaces. With over 30 years experience you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your gas fireplace has been installed correctly and will bring you many years of trouble free service.