03:56AM | 02/28/07
Member Since: 02/26/07
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I'm a little confused. I have an existing woodburning fireplace with a beautiful cherry interior brick inside. I want to convert to gas. Should I buy a gas insert or just have a plumber drill through the existing brick and just run the gas line from the basement through the wall and I hook up vent-free gas logs? I'm not sure how this works. However, will I destroy the brick by drilling and not be able to convert back? Also, if I buy the insert, could I convert back to wood?


07:53AM | 04/02/07
Member Since: 02/17/06
19 lifetime posts
Assuming you have a masonry fireplace, I would not worry about messing up the interior of your fireplace.

If you break a brick or something, you can always patch/replace it if you decide to burn wood again.

If you have a metal/prefab box, there are usually "knockouts" for gas supply to the box. Look for those.

Lots of options for vent free inserts into a masonry box too like the Monessen DIS33. Still, you have to supply gas through the wall of the exising fireplace, sorry!


Reggie Wilson


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